Board of Directors

The WestM Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from up to four local churches.  Members serve two-year terms.

Current Board Members & Affiliates


Presbyterian Church (USA)


vickiVicki Tolar Burton is a retired Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at OSU.  While at OSU she also served as the Program Coordinator for Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture and the Director of Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC). She is well published in journals, books (Spiritual Literacy in John Wesley’s Methodism: Reading, Writing, and Speaking to Believe), and film (Writing Across Borders). Vicki is a member of Corvallis First Presbyterian Church and has been involved in WestM as a faculty member and board member.  She values WestM’s openness, welcoming spirit and the connections she has made for over 25 years.  Vicki is the current secretary of our WestM Board.

United Church of Christ


LibbyLibby Ankarberg is retired from Linus Pauling Middle School Learning Resource Center. She is a member of First Congregational Church Corvallis and is a quilter with the Mary’s River Quilt Guild. She loves spending time and babysitting with her new grandchild. She has lived in Seattle, WA , Bellevue, WA and Waldport, OR and HATES to have her picture taken. 

 

Larry (2)Larry Weymouth is a retired transportation project manager, environmental planner, sales leader, and technical writer/editor for the consulting engineering firm CH2M HILL (now Jacobs Engineering) for 28 years.  He also served as a grant and contract officer for OSU’s Research Office for 3 years prior to retirement.  Larry is a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and has lived in the Corvallis area for more than 40 years since graduating from OSU.  As a student, Larry attended activities at WestM and remembers it as a place to gather for discussions, plan civic-minded actions, and positively impact the larger Corvallis community.  Larry has three grown children. He now has time to enjoy biking, hiking, and gardening as well as church activities and civic engagement for a sustainable future.  Larry is the current vice-president of our WestM Board.


United Methodist Church


Janine SalwasserJanine Salwasser is the Program Lead for Oregon Explorer- Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University.  She has also served with the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Advisory Board, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, California Department of Fish and Game, California Resources Agency, CalFIRE, and NASA Ames Research Center to promote information sharing and collaborative approaches to conservation and resource management at local, state, and regional scales. Janine is an active member of Corvallis First United Methodist Church and has been involved with WestM for many years.  She is an avid rower and the proud mother of Kaija. She is the current president of our WestM Board.

At-Large

RayRaymond M. Brooks is an Emeritus Professor of Finance at Oregon State University.  He taught in the College of Business at Oregon State University for nineteen years and served as the Finance Program Director. Prior to coming to OSU in 1997, he taught at the University of Missouri, worked for Shell Oil Company, and served in the United States Army where he obtained the rank of Captain. He is a former Oregon State Swim team member. Ray is a member of First United Methodist Church of Corvallis and  has a long history with WestM.  Ray is married to Greta Brooks, a retired Corvallis High School mathematics teacher. They have two married sons, and two granddaughters, Ariana and Mariah.  Ray is the current treasurer of our WestM Board.

mikeMike Beilstein is a retired chemist who worked for Oregon State University for 30 years.  He served for 12 years on the Corvallis City Council and was a Green candidate for County Commissioner in 2000.  He was Secretary of the Corvallis NAACP for 15 years.  He served on the boards of the Pastoral Counseling Center and the Corvallis Environmental Center.  He was once President of the Corvallis Historic Auto Club.  He currently volunteers with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition action teams for Housing, Community Inclusion and Economic Development.

EmmettEmmet Ritter is working on an undergraduate degree at OSU.  Emmet was introduced to WestM through Wednesday night dinners and some community-oriented events.  They have found WestM to always be welcoming, receptive and enriching. They are currently serving as the Artist in Residence. 

 

loganLogan Gianella is working on undergraduate degrees in BioHealth Sciences and Music at OSU.  He is a gifted musician and helps lead WestM students in worship. You might find him playing a hymn on the piano, keeping the beat on a drum, or leading carols on his accordion.  Logan has been active at WestM throughout his undergraduate years and appreciates how WestM connects students in a welcoming space.  In Logan’s words, “WestM provides a small home on a big campus”.

 


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