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Heather Search, Chair
Director Search has lived in Sweet Home since 1996. She and her husband, Jim Search, have two children, Ian and Ashley. She graduated from Lebanon Union High School in 1990 and then attended Linn Benton Community College and Western Oregon University. Ms. Search is a Licensed Tax Consultant for Phyllis Schmitz, Public Accountant in Lebanon. She currently serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, paymaster for the Linn/Benton Young Marines, and treasurer for the Linn County 4-H Horse Leader’s Association. Director Search believes in supporting her community and was locally recognized as the Junior First Citizen.
David Dowrie, Vice Chair
Director Dowrie began his professional career working in Chicago for IBM after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. His interests and skills brought him to Oregon State University where he provided technical support and program management for the State System of Higher Education. Subsequently Mr. Dowrie worked for Oregon Department of Transportation overseeing the Oregon Department of Transportation Data Center and statewide network services. He was recruited to Lane ESD where he served as Information Technology Director until 1999. In addition to his service on the LBL Board since 1984, Director Dowrie serves on the Benton County Budget Committee and is a Benton County Planning Commission member. Mr. Dowrie has donated many hours as a volunteer in schools including serving at Corvallis High School as Booster Club President and at Inavale School providing technical support.
Director Deacon has over 40 year’s experience as an educator and coach. He taught basic and advanced science courses at Lebanon High School prior to retiring in 2002. Mr. Deacon also serves on the Lebanon Skate Park Board and as Committee Chair on the Lebanon School District Budget Committee. Mr. Deacon has a Master’s Degree in Education and Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University. In addition, Mr. Deacon is a proud Vietnam veteran of the United States Navy.
Director Irvin has been a South Benton community member for 40 years. He retired in 2014 from Benton County with experience as Community Development Director and Public Works Director managing transportation and utility systems, buildings, fleet, and special transportation services for senior and disabled populations. His professional interests include advocacy for the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and collaboration with law enforcement, health, and school organizations to improve safe and healthy environments for families and children. Mr. Irvin has been on the Board of Directors of South Benton Community Enhancement Association 20 years and is currently the president. He is also on the Board of the Alpine community Center and previously served on the Monroe Elementary School Board. His wife, Susan, retired after 15 years with the Corvallis School District as an elementary teacher.
Director Bricker has been self-employed for 32 years and brings a wealth of experience to the LBL Board of Directors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Eastern Oregon College in 1972. Mr. Bricker has served on the Greater Albany Public School Board since 1994. He is a member of the Mid-Willamette Local Advisory Committee which helps develop strategies to reduce water pollution from agricultural lands. In addition, he has served on the Benton County Farm Bureau Board since 1976 and currently serves as Vice-President.
Director Doerfler has been on the LBL board more than 25 years and has also served with the Federal Relations Network, the Board and Legislative Committee of the Oregon School Boards Association, and as a National School Boards Association delegate. Ms. Doerfler is a retired occupational therapist with decades of experience in community service, including the League of Women Voters, Santiam Girl Scout Council, citywide Parent Teacher Association, Linn County Commission on Children and Families, Albany Public Library Board, Albany Library Foundation Board, Albany School Board, and State Textbook Commission, among others.
Director Dunsdon is an experienced advocate of education at all levels…..early learning, K-12, and higher education. Director Dunsdon has served five terms on LBL’s Board of Directors, three terms on Lincoln County School Board of Directors, and on numerous state, regional, and local organizations, boards and commissions. Mr. Dunsdon brings to LBL skills in school finance, accounting, governance, law, policy and long range planning.
Mr. Dunsdon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of the Pacific; A Master’s in Business Administration in Accounting from Central Michigan University; and has completed post graduate work in education at Oregon State University.
An Oregonian born in Corvallis, Mr. Dunsdon is a retired university instructor, now enjoying life on the Oregon Coast south of Yachats.