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Chris Brown_web Chris Brown, Zone 1


Term Expires 2019

Chris Brown resides on a ranch near Heppner where he was raised. In 1997, Chris retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel after 28 years of service. He is a decorated Vietnam combat infantry veteran and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oregon State University, a Master's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and is a graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C. Chris is the current BMCC Budget Committee Chair, served twice on the BMCC Bond Political Action Committee (PAC) campaigns, and continues to represent Morrow County on several other BMCC panels and reviews. His wife, Kathy, is a former BMCC employee, and their son, Kyle, attended BMCC before beginning his current career in the U.S. Army.

BobSavage Bob Savage, Zone 2

Term Expires 2019

Bob Savage lives in Baker City and is retired from BMCC. He was the BMCC Center Out of District (COD) Coordinator for Baker County from 1997-2002, when he retired. He then began his role as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business advisor for BMCC in December 2011 through October 2015. Bob also spent time advising students part-time during his time with BMCC.


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Heidi Van Kirk, Zone 3

Vice Chair

Term Expires 2021

Heidi Van Kirk has lived in Pendleton for 18 years with her husband and two children.  She is an attorney who practices in Umatilla and Morrow counties.  She holds a Bachelor's degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.


Kim Puzey_webKim Puzey, Zone 4

Term Expires 2021

Kim B. Puzey lives in Hermiston, Oregon and is General Manager of the Port of Umatilla. He has degrees in Humanities, Religion, and Organizational Behavior. He is a former teaching assistant, instructor, or faculty member of Clovis (New Mexico) Community College, Chapman University, Eastern New Mexico University, and Brigham Young University. He is a director or officer of several educational and professional boards, commissions or associations. He is married to the former Julie Ann Romney. They have six children. Kim is serving as board liaison to the BMCC Foundation for 2012-2013.

Don Rice_webDon Rice, Zone 5

Appointed November 2017. Term Expires 2019

Don is the Director of North American Operations for GreenWood Resources in Boardman. He has a Bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Washington State University. He and his wife, Fran, have six children, all of whom attended the community college system, two of them at BMCC.



Tony Turner_webDr. Anthony (Tony) Turner, Zone 6

Term Expires 2021

Tony and his wife Joyce moved to Milton-Freewater in 1978 and began to raise their family of three children. As an educator, Tony has worked in both the Milton-Freewater and Pendleton school systems serving as a teacher in grades 4 and 5 (mostly.) Tony has worked in different leadership roles within his church, and as a resident of Milton-Freewater, was a member of the city planning commission. After a recent move to the country around M-F, the Turner family enjoys working on their small acreage.


Jane Hill_webJane Hill, Zone 7

Appointed May 2018. Term Expires 2019

Jane lives in Pendleton with her husband Steve and their two school age children.  She is the Legislative Affairs Manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  In 2015, Jane managed the campaign to  pass the $23 million BMCC bond measure.  She is a former Pendleton City Councilor and remains active in Rotary, AAUW, and all of her children's activities.  She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota.