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The Academy was developed with integral guidance from an Advisory Board of key industry partners. The Advisory Board presents an amazing knowledge base with experience and expertise across all levels and sectors of industry.
Kent Boden currently serves as an Area Manager for Kiewit Bridge & Marine and is based out of Vancouver, WA. Since graduating from Oregon State University in 1988 with a degree in Construction Engineering Management, he has applied his skills towards helping Kiewit be the best, most ethical contractor in everything they do. Boden’s career has taken him through several aspects of the company and around the United States including Seattle, Honolulu, SanFrancisco, Orange County, Salt Lake City and Vancouver, WA. Prior to taking over the Area Manager role, he worked as an operations manager and a contract administration sponsor; before that he spent 20 years working on a variety of infrastructure projects including the Bay Bridge and the I-15 freeway reconstruction for the 2002 winter Olympics.
Boden enjoys spending time with his family, Skiing, Hiking, and Biking and visiting Claudfelters.
Mr. Cady currently serves as Senior Operations Manager at Hoffman Construction where he has held a variety of roles over the past 24 years. Prior to joining Hoffman Construction, Cady worked as a Project Manager for The Walter Group and served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Cady is passionate about mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders. In addition to his involvement with the Engineering Leadership Academy, he serves on the Board of Directors for Mentors360, a non-profit mentoring organization focused on professional development, personal growth, and spiritual formation, as well as the Sherwood Youth Lacrosse Association Board.
Cady holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master of Business Administration (Finance; Project Delivery) degree from the University of Washington.
Sue Galatz currently serves as Global Community Impact Strategic Planning Director for Nike, Inc. Prior to this role, she worked in a variety of other positions for Nike Inc. that spanned disciplines and fields. Before joining Nike, Galatz gained experience in directing global supply chain, engineering management, and corporate strategy in roles for Mentor Graphics as well as Tektronix. She also has experience working as an independent business development consultant with numerous Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and education institutions such as Nike, Ford, IBM, FedEx, BMW, Nordstrom, Calpine, the US Navy, the State of Oregon, and the University of Nebraska.
Galatz leverages strong communications and relationship building skills to bring great ideas to life. She is adept at making innovative ideas real, and making the complicated simple. She enjoys cycling, running, and other outdoor sports, along with art, travel, and community service.
Galatz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Portland, and a certification in Japanese from Shibusawa International School in Fukaya Japan.
Mr. Gray is currently involved with numerous startup companies—primarily in the software space. He previously co-founded and served as Vice President of Engineering for Verlitics (a company that provides a low-cost, Cloud-connected sensor to capture real-time building electricity use, including the signature associated with each device using energy) as well as for Emme (a company whose smart solutions work seamlessly with forced-air systems in homes and light commercial spaces to maximize comfort and maintain control). Gray subsequently has experience as Vice President of Engineering for Home Comfort Zones, Centricity Inc., and Genedax, as well as working as a Software Designer for Microsoft.
Gray espouses a results-oriented approach to leadership and is passionate about building great teams and amazing products. He holds a variety of patents and is an active member of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Portland State University. In his personal time, he enjoys stock options trading, water sports, and spending time with his family.
Gray holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University.
HUGH STEPHEN MCDONALD, P. E.
Mr. McDonald is a Senior Vice President and National Director of the Integrated Water Resources Practice for Carollo Engineers, Inc. He is recognized in the industry for his innovative contributions to the practice of integrated planning approaches, tools (including numerous integrated computer software applications), and techniques for sustainable and integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater systems/infrastructure.
McDonald has directed major strategic master-planning efforts for some of the largest Cities and municipalities in the West. This includes over $15 billion in wastewater facilities in the last 15 years, involving more than half the population in Northern California and Nevada. He has directed development of strategic master plans for the City and County of San Francisco; San José/Santa Clara and Silicon Valley; the County of Sacramento; the City of Fresno; the Cities of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, NV; and others.
McDonald is a registered Professional Engineer in five states, and holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology from Portland State University and Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from California State University.
ADAM MICHAELIS, PE
Mr. Michaelis currently serves as Senior Project Manager at McKinstry. He started his career working as a Mechanical Engineer at AEC Professionals and Advani Engineering before moving to Solyndra where worked as a Planning Engineer, then Senior Engineer, and finally a Facility Manager. He later seized an opportunity to return to Oregon working as Senior Facility Manager for SoloPower, Inc., which was his most recent role before joining McKinstry.
Michaelis has a fire for leadership development and works to empower those within his teams as effective leaders. He enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and remodeling his 1920’s Craftsman home.
Michaelis holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.
As Vice-President of Operations for iovation, Molly has overall responsibility for client management and human resources. She also serves on iovation's Board of Directors. Molly has over 30 years of experience in the financial services and software technology industries. She has held senior executive management roles in marketing, public relations, corporate development and business operations.
During Molly's earlier career, she held a variety of roles for B2B and B2C companies where she developed and executed strategic business plans that significantly grew annualized revenues while she tightly managed the bottom line.
Molly holds a B.S. from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. in Management from the University of Oregon.
Director of Field Engineering—West, PacifiCorp
Mr. Putnam currently serves as Director of Field Engineering for the West Division of PacifiCorp with focus on Pacific Power work. He is responsible for safety, electric system performance, improvement of company standards and operating policies, budget, and delivery of excellent customer service to operations and other field organizations.
Putnam has an excellent history in the electric utility business beginning with his time at Central Electric Cooperative. At PacifiCorp, Putnam began his career as an associate engineer in the substation design group, followed by management roles in Pacific Power operations as operations supervisor, operations manager Lincoln City, and recently operations manager Bend.
Putnam enjoys spending time with his family and in addition to his involvement with the Engineering Leadership Academy at Oregon State, also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Putnam holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho.
Ms. Richards became Director of Engineering for the Technology Development Operations of the Hewlett Packard Company. She joined HP in 1992 as a Manufacturing Development Engineer, and has since served as an Engineering Project Manager and Engineering Section Manager. Before joining HP, she spent one year working for Ford Motor Company as a Manufacturing Development Engineer.
Ms. Richards holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Robillard currently serves as the Director of Quality for the 747 and 767 programs. In this position, he’s responsible to provide the resources (people, processes and tools) for effective program execution and product quality across both programs. In his role as the Quality Management Representative, he is responsible for the continuing effectiveness and certification of the Quality Management System. Robillard is a member of the 747,767 and Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) leadership teams.
Robillard has 26 years of Boeing experience, including leadership and hands-on assignments in Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Research and Development, and Supplier Quality. He has supported numerous commercial, military and proprietary programs including the B-2 bomber, F-22A and Joint Strike fighters, unmanned air vehicles, AWACS, AEW&C, P-8 Poseidon and 747/767 programs. Robillard has experience with a variety of materials usage, design, manufacturing, assembly and quality assurance technologies.
Robillard has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration from Oregon State University and Master’s of Science degree in technical management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
THOMAS A. TERAMURA
Mr. Teramura currently serves as Vice President of Technology and Innovations for PCC Structurals. He has over 30 years of experience in the casting industry and has worked with some of the most high-performing materials in the world. Prior to his career in investment castings, Teramura worked as a Facilities Project Engineer for U.S. Gypsum Corporation.
Teramura has a wealth of experience that includes leadership roles in product engineering, engineering management, and plant management. His “people-first” philosophy has enabled him and his teams to make integral contributions to the development and industrialization of some of the largest, most sophisticated, and complex investment castings in exotic titanium and superalloy materials in the world.
Teramura holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.
Mr. Thompson currently serves as a project engineer for CH2M-HILLmanaging wastewater treatment facility design and project planning. He has been with CH2M-HILL since 1999, when he accepted a role as an environmental process engineer. Prior to joining CH2M-HILL, he served as a civil engineer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), working at the Panama Canal Naval Station as a facilities planner and engineer, and later as a Project Manager at the Quantico, Virginia base.
Thompson is an expert in water and wastewater treatment facility design, project planning, and development and execution of construction contracts. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. Thompson is a dedicated family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and two children—especially getting the family together for indoor soccer! He also manages a livestock operation, raising both sheep and beef cattle.
Thompsons holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois.
GRANT M. YOSHIHARA
Mr. Yoshihara currently serves as NW Natural’s Vice President of Utility Operations. He joined NW Natural in 1991 as a Gas Buyer/Analyst, and since has served as General Manager of Consumer Services and Managing Director of Utility Services. Before joining NW Natural, he spent 12 years in the electric utility and independent power development industry.
Yoshihara is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Oregon who generously spends his free time serving on the board of Utilization Technology Development, the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, Multnomah Athletic Foundation, and the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
Yoshihara holds Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.
JAMES L. VANDERZANDEN
VanderZanden’s strengths are in Strategy, Marketing, New Product Commercialization, and Developing Organizations. He is a creative, practical, action-oriented, and inspirational leader who subscribes to a philosophy built on users and talent first. He holds numerous patents and is an avid cycling enthusiast, competing as an elite level Masters road cyclist in the Pacific Northwest.Mr. VanderZanden currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Development for DWFritz Automation, and as President of VanderZanden Consulting LLC. He also recently founded a start-up, OTTO DesignWorks, which is launching a revolutionary new product for automatically adjusting bicycle derailleurs. VanderZanden is a published author (Barnyard Management) and accomplished public speaker. Prior to his current roles, he spent 25 years as an executive at Blount International Inc., serving as President of ICS—a construction products company, and later as Senior Vice President for New Product and Business Development at Blount International.
VanderZanden holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program.