Board members

Standing (left to right): Treasurer Carl Christoferson, Secretary Libby McCaslin, and Vice President Pat Ritz

Sitting: President Bill Failing 

New Officers to Lead Oregon Historical Society Board of Directors

On Saturday, May 12, the Oregon Historical Society welcomed six new board members and elected four new board officers to the Society’s Board of Directors.


The Annual Meeting on Saturday marked the end of Dr. Jerry Hudson’s two year term as president of the board. His impeccable service to the Society was documented in an editorial piece in the May 15 issue of the Oregonian. Click here to read the article online.


Long time board member and former board vice president Bill Failing was elected to president of the Society for the coming year. Bill is a civic activist with strong local roots and ties to the community. He spent the majority of his career managing various print and radio outlets at the local and national level. Bill has served on a variety of local cultural boards, and currently is a consultant for the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.


Leading the board with Mr. Failing will be vice president Pat Ritz (Footwear Specialties International), secretary Elizabeth McCaslin (Keller Family Foundation), and treasurer Carl Christoferson (Oregon Investments).


Oregon Historical Society Board Officers


President, Bill Failing

(Retired Communications Executive; Consultant, Oregon Rail History Foundation; Advisor, Oregon Korea Foundation), Portland


Vice President, Pat Ritz

(Footwear Specialties International), Portland


Secretary, Libby McCaslin

(Keller Family Foundation), Portland


Treasurer, Carl B. Christoferson

(Oregon Investments), Portland


OHS Board of Directors


Arleen Barnett

(PGE), Portland


Barbara Beale

(Community volunteer), Portland


Marc Berg

(Southwest Washington Medical Center) Vancouver, Washington


Mort Bishop III

(Pendleton Woolen Mills) Portland


John Boylston

(Myatt & Bell, P.C.) Portland


Dr. Steve P. Brown

(Custom Decorators, Inc., President) Portland


Rhett Carlile

(Intel Corporation) Damascus


Sen. Margaret Carter

(Oregon Department of Human Services, Director of Community Engagement; former State Senator) Salem


Carl B. Christoferson

(Oregon Investments), Portland


Rebecca Dobkins

(Willamette University), Salem


Christopher Erickson

(Heathman Hotel), Portland


Bill Failing

(Consultant), Portland 


Jamieson Grabenhorst

(CGC Financial Services LLC), Lake Oswego


Dan Heine

(Bank of Oswego), Lake Oswego


Dr. Jerry E. Hudson

(Collins Foundation), Portland


Cary Jones

(HC Solutions), Medford


Greg Keller

(Retired Fire Chief), Portland


Jon Kruse

(Intel Capital), Portland


Dr. Bill Lang

(Portland State University, Professor of History) Welches


Jackson Lewis

(Tonkon Torp LLP), Portland


Judge Angel Lopez

(Multnomah County Circuit Court), Portland


Pete Mark

(Melvin Mark Companies), Portland


Libby McCaslin

(Keller Family Foundation), Portland 


Robert J. Miller

(Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School), Portland


Anne Naito-Campbell

(Bill Naito Company), Portland


Sarah Newhall

(Planned Parenthood), Portland


Brian Obie

(Obie Companies, President and Owner) Eugene


Doug Pahl

(Perkins Coie), Portland


Jin Park

(Owner, The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club), Aloha


Pat Ritz

(Footwear Specialties International), Portland


John Shelk

(Ochoco Lumber Company), Prineville


Joanne Simmons

(Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Vice President of Member Services) Portland


Janet Taylor

(Retired Mayor, City of Salem), Salem


Bill Wyatt

(Port of Portland), Astoria


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