Chairman of the Board
Anthony Meeker serves as Chairman of the Board. He retired in 2003 as a Managing Director of Victory Capital Management, Inc. (formerly known as Key Asset Management, Inc.), where he was employed for 10 years. Mr. Meeker was previously a director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of McMinnville, Oregon and Oregon Mutual Insurance. He also serves on the board of two charitable organizations, MV Advancements, which provides employment, residential, and community services to clients with disabilities, and Oregon State Capitol Foundation. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Meeker was Treasurer of the State of Oregon. His duties as state treasurer included investing the assets of the state, including the then $26 billion state pension fund, managing the state debt, and supervising all cash management programs. Mr. Meeker also managed the workers compensation insurance reserve fund of the State Accident Insurance Fund, providing oversight to ensure adequate actuarial reserves. He received a B.A. degree from Willamette University.
Michael L. Elich
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael L. Elich joined the Company in October 2001 as Director of Business Development. He was appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2005. He was appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011 upon the death of William W. Sherertz. Effective February 17, 2011, Mr. Elich was elected to the Board and his position as President and Chief Executive Officer was confirmed. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Elich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Skills Resource Training Center, a staffing services company with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that was later acquired by the Company in 2004. Mr. Elich graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. degree in Economic Science. He is a member of Tournament Golf Foundation, a non-profit organization that has donated more than $14 million to children’s charities since its inception in 1972.
Thomas J. Carley
Thomas J. Carley has acted as principal of Portal Capital, an investment management company that he co-founded, since July 2006, with responsibility for all of Portal Capital’s financial duties. He served as the Company’s interim Principal Financial and Accounting Officer from March 4, 2016 until August 10, 2016, and remained an employee of the Company through August 31, 2016. Mr. Carley has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance, and an A.B. degree in Economics and Classics from Dartmouth College. He is also a director of Urth Organic Corporation, a distributor of organic agricultural products.
Thomas B. Cusick
Thomas B. Cusick has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Sportswear Company, an outdoor and active lifestyle apparel and footwear company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, since 2009. From 2002 to 2009, he served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Columbia. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Cusick spent seven years with Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a public company that develops system design enablement solutions, and certain of its subsidiaries. He began his career at the public accounting firm of KPMG, LLP. Mr. Cusick is a certified public accountant. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Idaho.
James B. Hicks, Ph.D.
James B. Hicks, Ph.D., has been Professor of Research in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California since 2014. From 2004 until 2016, Dr. Hicks was Professor of Biomedical Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He is a co-founder and director of Virogenomics, Inc., a private biotechnology company located in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, for which he previously served as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Hicks was a director of AVI BioPharma, Inc. (now Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.), from 1997 until October 2007 and a member of AVI BioPharma, Inc.’s audit committee and chair of its compensation committee. Between 1990 and 2006, Dr. Hicks co-founded five biotech or internet companies. He completed a postdoctoral program at Cornell University, received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received a B.A. degree from Willamette University.
Jon L. Justesen
Jon L. Justesen is co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Justesen Ranches, which operates in four counties in two states. He is also owner and President of Buckhollow Ranch, Inc., and has 35 years of experience creating wealth as a private investor. During Mr. Justesen’s 40 plus years of successfully growing and managing agribusinesses in eastern Oregon, he has overseen operations involving timber, wheat and cattle production, property management and development, and resource-based recreational activities.
Vincent P. Price
Vincent P. Price is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and dedicated to transforming health care by creating a person focused and economically sustainable system through health insurance plans and related products and services. Mr. Price joined Cambia in 2009. Prior to joining Cambia, he spent 15 years as a senior finance executive with Intel Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced integrated digital technology platforms, followed by seven years as a consultant to start-up companies. He serves on the board of trustees of BCS Financial’s Plan Investment Fund and the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation. He also is a founding member and treasurer of the Children's Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter. He received his bachelor's degree in business from South Dakota State University. His Master of Business Administration is from Arizona State University.