Board of Education

Contact us at:

Blue Mountain Community College
Board of Directors
PO Box 100
2411 NW Carden
Pendleton, OR  97801

Board Members

Lea Mathieu - Zone 1

Molly Rill

Elected 2011 | Term Expires 2015

Lea Mathieu is a minister, teacher, and writer who lives near Ione on a wheat farm with her husband and three children.  She holds masters degrees in both education and theology, and is nationally certified in language arts.  She first served BMCC as a budget committee member about 15 years ago.



Werner Buehler -  Zone 2

Joan Weaver

Elected 2011 | Term Expires 2015

Werner Buehler is General Manager of Oregon Trail Electric, the largest electric cooperative in Oregon, which is headquartered in Baker City.  He has been in his current position since 2007.

A native of Roseburg, Oregon, Werner received his BS degree from the University of Oregon, School of Journalism.  He has worked in the electric utility industry since 1971, serving in various executive management roles throughout the West Coast.  He also was a principal partner in a Portland-based consulting firm specializing in power marketing and utility deregulation.

Werner and his wife Nancy live in Baker City, Oregon.  They have two sons; one a recent graduate of the University of Oregon and another recently graduated from Baker High School in Baker City, Oregon.

Ed Taber- Zone 3

Elected 2009 | Term Expires 2017

Ed Taber lives just south of Pendleton where he and his wife have lived for over 30 years.  Ed works as a polygraph examiner since retiring after a 30 year career in law enforcement.  Ed retired as the Pendleton Police Chief in 1999.  Ed and both of his children received Associate Degrees from BMCC.  Ed's association with BMCC began as a student in 1967 and has continued over the years.  


Kim Puzey - Zone 4

Elected 1998 | Term Expires 2017

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.


Doug Voyles - Zone 5

Doug Voyles

Elected 2005 | Term Expires 2015

Doug Voyles is a 38 year resident of Umatilla county.  Doug works as a respiratory therapist at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston where he has covered the week-end night shifts for the last 12 years.
Doug is active in both the recovery and LGBT communities. 

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Turner - Zone 6

Rick CurrinElected 2007 | Term Expires 2017

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.


Bryan Branstetter -  Zone 7

Bob TalboyElected 2007 | Term Expires 2015

Bryan Branstetter is a life-long resident of Pendleton & Umatilla County. He currently works as a Correctional Officer at E.O.C.I. and has been there since 1989. He is married and has children. Mr. Branstetter was educated here in our public schools including Blue Mt. Community College.