BOARD DIRECTOR (President)
Senior Judge Gary Thompson
Oregon Circuit Court Judge (Ret.)
Senior Judge Gary Thompson is a retired Circuit Court judge from the 22nd Judicial District. Judge Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his J.D. from Willamette University in 1972. Judge Thompson served as District Attorney from 1972 until 1990. While District Attorney he served as President of the Oregon District Attorney’s Association (ODAA). Judge Thompson served as Judge from 1990 until 2008. While on the bench, Judge Thompson formed the 22nd Judicial District Drug Court and served as its judge until retirement. Judge Thompson served as a Plan B Judge from 2008 until 2013. He is currently a Senior Judge for the State of Oregon. (Prineville, OR)
BOARD DIRECTOR (Vice-President)
Sheriff Umatilla County Oregon (Ret.)
John Trumbo, retired Umatilla County Oregon Sheriff, began his law enforcement career in 1973 and rose through the ranks of leadership. Sheriff Trumbo served as Sheriff from 1997 to 2013. He retired in 2013. During his career and even in retirement, Sheriff Trumbo has served in several capacities including as President of the Oregon State Sheriffs Association (2004), Executive Board of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (2004-2013), President of Oregon Livestock and Rural Crime Investigators Association (2004-2011), Chairman of Umatilla/Morrow County Law Enforcement Association (2007-2013), Director of Pendleton Round-Up Association (2007-2014), Board member of Pendleton Cattle Baron’s Weekend (2013-present), and Vice-President of Pendleton Round-Up Association (2015). Sheriff Trumbo was also an original member of the Governor’s Meth Task Force and an original member of the Governor’s Medal of Honor Commission (2010 to retired). (Pendleton, OR)
BOARD DIRECTOR (Secretary)
Teacher, School Counselor, School Administrator (Ret.)
Marlys Alger is a retired educator who taught at the elementary and middle school levels (Redmond, 4 years), served as a school counselor K-12 (Madras, 5 years), and was a school administrator K-8 (Madras, 13 years). Mrs. Alger earned a BS in elementary education and an MS in counseling, both at Oregon State University; and credentials for school administration at Lewis and Clark College. Mrs. Alger earned and maintains her Licensed Professional Counselor credentials in the state of Oregon. After retiring from schools Mrs. Alger served as a therapist at Best Care Treatment Center in Madras, after which she served as a Supervisor for students working toward their MS in Counseling at OSU-Cascades in Bend for 2 years. Currently she serves as a Board Director for Children Learning through Education and Research, CLEAR Alliance, and as an advisor for the curriculum development and teaching of CLEAR Alliance on their Teen Marijuana Education Course, TMEC. Mrs. Alger has held a life long passion for the education and development of students of all ages.
BOARD DIRECTOR (Treasurer)
Oregon State Police
Michael S. Iwai serves as a patrol lieutenant for the Oregon State Police. Iwai served as Oregon’s 4th Drug Evaluation and Classification Program State Coordinator from 2008 to 2014. He is a former Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – Drug Recognition Expert Section and Oregon DRE Advisory Committee. He is currently an appointed member of the IACP Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), and serves as a board of director with Children Learning through Education and Research (CLEAR) Alliance.
Since 1999, Iwai has been a certified and credentialed Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and obtained DRE instructor certification in 2002. He continuously instructs all NHTSA/IACP impaired driving curriculums in and outside the state Oregon. Furthermore, he instructs a variety of law enforcement topics at both the basic and supervisory leadership academies. He’s recognized as an expert in court on alcohol and drug impairment and has testified several times at the Oregon State Legislature on bills relating to both DRE and DUII.
Iwai earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business: Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and is currently working on his MBA through Northwest Christian University. Iwai, a U.S. Army veteran, is the recipient of the 2015 MADD National President’s Award-Outstanding Individual Hero, Ken Snook-DRE Award of Excellence 2014, DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference Task Force-Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award 2012, DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference Task Force-DUII Trainer of the Year Award 2007, and the Oregon State Police-Harold Berg Life Savings Award 2004. (Salem, OR)
Certified Prevention Specialist
Connie Ramaekers is the Founder and Program Director for Tigard Turns the Tide. Mrs. Ramaekers, a Certified Prevention Specialist with the Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, has been in the prevention field for more than 30 years. She has formed countless drug and alcohol youth movements including STUDD (Stop Teen Underage Drinking and Drug Use) with more than 100 students enrolled. In 1982, when a group of moms were shocked to find out that many high school students were using alcohol and marijuana, Connie was spurred to action and decided to do something to influence students to make good choices. In 1984, they organized the first alcohol and drug free graduation party. Fast forward to 2007, when they applied for and received a grant to set up Tigard Turns the Tide. In 2012, they received another grant to continue the work. The program has been making a difference, as reflected in the drop in alcohol use rate in 8th graders by 50% since 2007. (Tigard, OR)
Director for the Hood River County Prevention Department
Belinda Ballah received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. She worked in the Hood River County School district for many years before transitioning into the Prevention field. She received her Prevention Specialist certification from the Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon in 2013 while working at the HRC Prevention Department. In 2015 she became the director. During her tenure, the department has received a Drug Free Communities grant to start an “underserved population” coalition, a federal STOP Act grant to reduce underage drinking, three Knight Cancer Institute-Oregon State University grants to reduce smoking and increase cancer survivor opportunities regionally, and a Juvenile Crime Prevention Youth Outreach worker grant to reduce risky behaviors at the high school level. During this time, our H.E.A.L.T.H. (Helping to Educate, Advocate and Lead Towards Health) Media clubs have led their peers in prevention education by producing multimedia products and impacted parents through their work in prevention. Belinda is a TMEC instructor.
BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Dr. David Rosenberg
Emergency Medicine Physician
David Rosenberg, MD is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He currently works for Central Oregon Emergency Physicians at St. Charles Medical Center (SCMC) in Bend Oregon, where he has worked for the past 10 years. He was born and raised in the Washington DC area. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before coming to Bend he worked at the Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Currently, he is physician advisor for Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and EMS, chair of the Bioethics Committee at SCMC Bend, and serves as Board Director for CLEAR Alliance. (Bend, OR)