CVM Advisory Council

The Mission of the Advisory Council is to advise and assist the dean in strategic planning, the development and implementation of short- and long-term goals, community outreach and service, and the garnering of financial support for education, research, and clinical and diagnostic care.

Membership of the Council shall not exceed 15 members. Consideration shall be given to a diverse representation. Members shall be selected by the dean in consultation with the Council and the College of Veterinary Medicine Cabinet.

The term of members will be three years and may be renewed. Appointment terms will be staggered with approximately one third of the membership being appointed every year.

All members shall serve on one of the following committees: Strategic Planning Committee or the Fundraising Committee.

Meetings shall be held twice per academic year. The Advisory Council had its first meeting in October 2009.

Advisory Council Members

Ken Austin III, Newberg, Oregon

Ken Austin and his wife, Celia, are owners of Rain Dance Ranch, where they breed and raise llamas for breeding stock, show, pack animals or pets. Ken is also Secretary of A-dec, Inc. Established by his parents, Ken and Joan Austin, A-dec is one of the largest dental equipment manufacturers in the world. Ken graduated from OSU with a BS degree in business administration in 1977 and previously served on the OSU Foundation’s Council of Regents Advisory Committee. Ken serves as a board member of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is active in Newberg Rotary, serves on the Rota-Dent Board (an international service project of Rotary Clubs of Newberg), and is a member of the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. Ken's company, Ken Austin Woodworking, creates turned wood items and furniture.

Jeff Brant, Portland, Oregon


Rebecca Camden, Bellevue, Washington

Rebecca Camden serves as the chief accounting officer for CHC Helicopter, Inc, a Vancouver BC-based company that provides a variety of global helicopter services including support of offshore platforms operated by major oil and gas companies. Prior to her appointment at CHC, Rebecca served as VP for accounting operations at Expedia, Inc., where she was responsible for worldwide operational accounting functions. Rebecca graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and anthropology in 1979. Her husband, Steve, received his bachelor’s degree in management science from OSU in 1977. Rebecca serves on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Council Alumnae Advisory Committee and is a member of Telecom Professionals and Expedia Expatriates organizations. She is passionate about mini-Dachshund rescue and has several in her family.

Sharon Harmon, Portland, Oregon

Sharon Harmon is the Executive Director of the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) in Portland. Since 1869, the OHS has sheltered abandoned animals, fought cruelty and neglect, and worked to build a caring, compassionate community. In 2007, the OHS collaborated with the College of Veterinary Medicine to establish the Animal Medical and Learning Center, a model shelter medicine program that provides clinical training to fourth-year veterinary students in the areas of primary medical and surgical care. Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from OSU in 1981 and holds a certificate in non-profit business management from Johns Hopkins University. Her husband, Gary Kish, serves as the director of development for the OHS. Sharon is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare and has served as president of the National Federation of Humane Societies. She received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award in 2008.

John Maddigan, Salem, Oregon

John is co-owner of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital in Keizer, Oregon with his wife Sheri Morris, DVM ABVP. He dedicates many hours to helping non-profit cat and dog rescue organizations. Willamette Valley Veterinary Animal  Hospital has held 10 fundraisers in the last year for non-profit animal rescue organizations. John also works hard to raise funds for veterinary student scholarships at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. John has a Masters of Science in Management from Purdue University.

Vanessa Mariani, Hoboken, New Jersey

 Vanessa Mariani received her MBA from Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico with a focus on general management and international marketing, and received her BS from Universidad Nuevo Mundo, Mexico. She is currently the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs for Pizer, where she is charged with evaluating, expanding and implementing a platform for the strategic engagement of academic institution and other allied and research organizations, through the establishment of a team of Academic Liaisons. She is the acting business manager for the US Alliance Team, a virtual, multi-disciplinary team, responsible for all philanthropic and corporate citizenship activities and strategies. Additionally, she is responsible for the negotiation and launch of a first-in-class on line education business for Veterinary professionals. Her memberships include: American Marketing Associations, New York chapter; New Your Academy of Sciences; McKinsey Women Leadership Forum; and American Humane Association National Leadership Advisory Council.

John B. Payne, Portland, Oregon

John Payne is president and chief executive officer of Banfield, The Pet Hospital. Founded in Portland in 1955, Banfield is the largest privately owned veterinary practice in the world, with more than 750 locations across the United States, United Kingdom and Mexico. The company is a major employer of veterinary graduates and has pioneered the development of many business models and practices necessary for comprehensive veterinary care of companion animals. Before joining Banfield, John served as president of Bayer’s North American Animal Health Division. John received his BA in secondary education from Saint Bernard College, and went on to earn his MBA from Rockhurst University. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Business Association, and the University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board.

Glen Pfefferkorn, Dallas, Oregon

Glen Pfefferkorn is president of the Willamette Valley Llama association and owner of Glenmor Forest LLama farm. Glen is a long time advocate for the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and personally endowed the Glenmor
Forest Llama Scholarship. He also mobilized the local llama community to establish the Willamette Valley Llama Association Scholarship.

Stanley D. Stearns, Jr., Gig Harbor, Washington

Stan Stearns is founder and president of Valco Instruments Co. Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of valves and fittings for precision analytical, biomedical and biocompatible instrumentation. Stan is also the founder of The Gabriel Institute, named after his beloved Saint Bernard who lost his battle with osteosarcoma in 2008. The institute supports development of new treatments for cancer. Stan has a BS degree from Florida State University, with graduate studies in chemistry. He is the holder of numerous patents and author of many articles in the field of analytical instrumentation. He is a member of the board of directors and his wife, Judy, is the secretary-treasurer of Kitsap Dog Parks, Inc., an organization that works to establish off-leash dog parks.