Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Committee Members:

Paul Andrews, superintendent for the High Desert Education Service District. Paul earned his doctorate of education from Lewis and Clark College; he taught special education in Washington, Oregon and Alaska before coming to the High Desert ESD where he has been for 20 years.

Renee Brazeau-Asher, administrative assistant for the math department at COCC. Renee is the Classified Association of COCC representative, is a former treasurer and president for the group, and has worked at COCC since 1993.

Emma Chaput, associate professor of human biology at COCC. Emma has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in public health from Yale University; she has been at COCC since 2011.

Laura Craska Cooper, chair of the COCC Board of Directors. Representing Crook County and eastern Deschutes County, Laura has served on the board since 2012, including a year as chair; she is a founding partner of BRIX Law LLP in Bend, and has lived in Prineville since 1998.

Andrew Davis, director of student life at COCC. Andrew was born and raised in Bend; he attended Mountain View High School, COCC, OSU-Cascades and then earned his master’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. He worked for OSU-Cascades before moving into his current role in 2016.

Thor Erickson, assistant professor of culinary arts at COCC. Thor earned his culinary degree at Columbia Community College and has worked in the restaurant industry in the San Francisco area, and in Europe; he has taught at COCC since 2009 and in 2013 was named “Best Cooking Teacher in the World” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

David Ford, vice president of real estate development at Brooks Resources Corporation in Bend. David served eight years on the COCC Board of Director (2009 to 2017), including two years as chair; he has lived in Central Oregon since 1991 and is a strong advocate for higher education in the region.

Duran Fraser, student at COCC and director of financial affairs for the Associate Students of COCC. Duran in majoring in business; he is from Nassau, Bahamas where he graduated from C.I. Gibson High School; he has been in Central Oregon for three years and is the first in his family of 12 children to go to college.

Amy Harper, professor of anthropology at COCC and president of the COCC Faculty Forum. Amy earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; she has been at COCC since 2002.

Betsy Julian, vice president for instruction at COCC. Betsy taught geology at colleges and universities for 22 years, before moving into community college administration; she was a dean at Portland Community College before becoming the VP at COCC in 2016.

Tina Redd, director of the COCC Redmond Campus. Tina earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She taught at the University of Arkansas, University of Washington, Portland Community College, and then for eight years at COCC, before moving into administration in 2016.

Vicki Russell, member of the COCC Foundation Board of Trustees for 25 years. Vicki and her husband, Vic, own Vic Russell Construction, Inc. in La Pine; she is also on Board of Directors for La Pine Sunriver Habitat for Humanity, La Pine Park and Recreation Foundation and the OCF Leadership Council for Central Oregon; she has lived in Central Oregon since 1971.

Erica Skatvold, vice chair of the COCC Board of Directors. Erica was raised in Bend, graduated from Bend Senior High School and the earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago. She currently works for St. Charles Health System in the Clinical Informatics department.

Doug Smith, a lifelong resident of Crook County. Doug retired in 2017 after a 42-year career with Les Schwab Tire Center, culminating as vice president of product strategy; he has served on the Crook County School Board for the past eight years.

Dawn Vollers, director of Clinical Practice and Professional Development at St. Charles Health System. Dawn has been instrumental in supporting academic matriculation needs of COCC students in the Nursing and Allied Health programs and is a key stakeholder in the proposal of future healthcare programs at COCC; she has been in Central Oregon for five years. 

Administrative coordination:

Ron Paradis
Executive Director of College Relations; bachelor’s degree in journalism from UO; MBA; previously worked at the University of Oregon, Creighton University (Nebraska), Keene State (NH) College; at COCC since 1991.