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LCN Advisory Board Members

Jeff Peterson, Ph.D. – Director

Associate Professor of Sociology, joined the Linfield faculty in 1994, after earning his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has an extensive background in guiding students into the rigors of fieldwork conducted both domestically and abroad, including month-long courses in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, as well as a homelessness immersion experience in Portland, Oregon. He has served as field director for the college’s semester-long field schools in Cuernavaca (2000) and Oaxaca, Mexico (2003), a program he and Professor Ron Mills helped establish. Dr. Peterson continues an ongoing collaborative research program with students on entrepreneurship within the Willamette Valley Latino community.

Jenny Berg – Community Representative

Jenny Berg is the Library Director of the McMinnville Public Library.  She is a native Oregonian and spent many years in the Oregon wine industry before finding her career at the Library.  She is interested in building community, encouraging fair and open exchange of ideas, and sustainable living.  Jenny believes that to serve the citizens of McMinnville we must enthusiastically embrace change, yet also be respectful of tradition.

Barbara Boyer – Community Representative

Yamhill County Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner, and the McMinnville Farmers' Market Manager. She and her husband are co-owners of Gourmet Hay.

Remy Drabkin – Community Representative

Native Oregonian, Linfield College alumna, winemaker, and local business owner.

Robert Gardner, Ph.D. – Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Sociology, Program in Environmental Studies at Linfield College. Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. His regional research and teaching focuses on community sustainability, neighborhood emergency preparedness in Portland, OR, and non-urban social service provision and volunteerism through a longitudinal study of Yamhill County's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Dr. Gardner currently serves as a board representative for Portland’s Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. neighborhood coalition and as a member of the citywide Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) steering committee. His other teaching and research focuses on grassroots disaster response, "portable" music communities, and service learning pedagogy.

Genevieve Harris, Ph.D. – Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Education, joined the Linfield faculty in 2008, after earning her doctorate from Oregon State University.  Her interdisciplinary research focuses on diverse learners, whiteness studies, genter identity, school bullying, autoethnography, and higher education.  Dr. Harris currently serves as the Education Department Chair and teaches Diversity and Inclusion.

Jackson B. Miller, Ph.D. – Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and the Director of Forensics at Linfield College. His previous education includes degrees from Ohio University and Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in rhetorical criticism and performance studies. Dr. Miller’s interests include protest and reform rhetoric, performance theory, and the philosophy of communication. He has been actively involved in competitive forensics since 1988, and he has served as the director of the speech and debate program at Linfield College since 2001.

Mary P. Stern – Community Representative

Mary Stern is a Yamhill County Commissioner, currently serving her third term. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mary has focused her energies as commissioner on Economic/Community Development and Public Safety.

Chadwick V. Tillberg, Ph.D. – Faculty Representative

Assistant Professor of Biology, received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Colorado in 2003. He joined the Linfield faculty in 2007 following postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois and a visiting professorship at Denison University. He has studied the trophic ecology of invasive Argentine ants and the nesting and foraging behavior of the giant queenless ant Dinopenera australis. Dr. Tillberg has worked collaboratively with Linfield undergraduates in studying the distribution and ecology of invasive ants in Oregon.

Tanya Tompkins, Ph.D. – Faculty Representative

Associate Professor of Psychology, joined the Linfield faculty in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Her research interests, which actively engage student collaborators, include suicide prevention; opposition to prescription privileges for psychologists; and interpersonal processes in friendships (i.e., co-rumination) and families (i.e., parentification) that may come with both costs and benefits to social/emotional functioning.