GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
A five-member Governing Board of citizens, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, oversees the department. The Board sets policy and oversees general operations. Every six years it develops a strategic plan to help guide DOGAMI’s mission and objectives.
The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state to encourage participation from the public, local government, industry and other geologists. Board members do more than attend quarterly meetings. DOGAMI Board members traditionally are active in their communities and provide an important link of communication: they hear what Oregonians are interested in and need, and can then help guide the department to the most effective use of limited resources.
Larry Givens, Chair
Mr. Givens currently serves as a County Commissioner with Umatilla County. He has also served on the Umatilla County Planning Commission, and has worked as a teacher of earth sciences and geology with the Ferndale School District, and as a rancher in the area. He is a graduate of Washington State University and lives in Milton-Freewater.
Mr. Luke represented Oregon District 54 from 1993 until 1999, then served as a Deschutes County Commissioner from 1999 to 2011. He has been active on a variety of boards and commissions in central Oregon including Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation. While in the Legislature he served on the Natural Resources Committee and the Governorís Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University. Mr. Luke resides in Bend.
R. Charles Vars
Mr. Vars is a professor emeritus in economics at Oregon State University and was chair of the three-college University Graduate Faculty of Economics when he retired in 1996. Mr. Vars served two terms in the Corvallis City Council (1983 - 1987) and was elected Corvallis Mayor in 1986 and 1990. He has also been appointed to seven previous statewide official positions by four governors of Oregon and Washington over the course of his distinguished public sector career. Mr. Vars live in Corvallis.
Ms. Phipps is the executive director of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the five Tillamook County estuaries and the watersheds that sustain them. Prior to joining the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Ms. Phipps was the coastal resource planner and planning manager for the Tillamook County Department of Community Development. As coastal resource planner, she dealt with coastal hazards, landslide topography and flooding. She has served as mayor of Rockaway Beach for 5 years. She currently sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is the president of the Tillamook County United Way. Ms. Phipps is a graduate of Michigan State University and Vermont Law School and lives in Rockaway Beach.
Laura Maffei, Portland
Ms. Maffei, an attorney and registered professional geologist with the State of Oregon, practices environmental and natural resources law. She joined Portland firm Cable Huston LLP in March 2014 as a partner. She previously represented municipal and industrial clients in permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental litigation matters. Before attending law school, Ms. Maffei was an environmental consultant in Oregon and Washington. Ms. Maffei graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College with a juris doctor degree and a certificate in environmental and natural resource law. She earned an undergraduate degree in geology from UCLA and a master of science in geology from University of Washington. She is one of few Oregon lawyers who are also registered professional geologists.