Alumni Spotlight - August 2022
2022 Alumni Advisory Board Executive Team
The Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) of Oregon Tech is a group of alumni volunteers who work closely with the Oregon Tech Foundation and the Alumni Relations office to plan events, determine budgetary goals, help increase alumni engagement and work with both students and alumni for mentoring, career and networking opportunities. The board is led by a President, Vice President and Secretary and we were so fortunate to have Ken Vandehey ’90, Roger Patteson ‘91 and Erica Tesdahl-Hubbard ‘15 at the helm for the past four years. Now it’s time to meet the new executive team serving from 2022-2024!
Chris Frazier ‘08, President:
Chris grew up in the small town of Malin, OR, about 40 minutes south of Oregon Tech near the California border. While she had initially planned to attend BYU-Idaho after high school, Oregon Tech offered a better financial aid package, thanks to Oregon Tech Foundation scholarships. As Chris explains, staying close to home was also an added bonus.
As a college student, Chris was involved in ASOIT, the Latter-day Saint Student Association, and the Students in Communication Club. She was also a DJ for the campus radio station, KTEC, and a staff writer for the Edge newspaper.
Immediately after graduation, Chris worked at Oregon Tech for five years as an advisor for student activities, working on projects such as new student orientation, family weekend, campus activities, the diversity center, and the outdoor program. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State while being a stay-at-home mom. Chris recently earned certification through Still Birthday to become a birth and bereavement doula to assist families through pregnancy and infant loss.
Chris describes her years at Oregon Tech both as a student and as a staff member as some of the best years of her life. She feels like Oregon Tech was invested in her future and growth and because of that, she wants to be sure she invests in the university’s future and give back to the place that supported her professional and personal growth.
Chris currently lives in Spokane, WA with her husband Seth Frazier ‘12 (Oregon Tech alumnus from the Geomatics/GIS program), their 8-year-old daughter, Sydney, and 1-year old son, Henry. The Fraziers enjoy outdoor activities and going on family trips.
TeriAnn Stafford ‘07, Vice President:
TeriAnn grew up in Central Point, Oregon and always knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She found out about Oregon Tech from a close friend, and when looking at the degrees offered, decided medical imaging was a great path to achieve that goal. After graduating with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree, TeriAnn has worked in Carson City, Nevada since graduation. TeriAnn is now a supervisor for the Medical Imaging department at Carson Tahoe Health, a local healthcare system.
During her years at Oregon Tech, TeriAnn was involved in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography club and worked in the school cafeteria, starting out helping with catering events and eventually doing everything from morning meal prep to evening close down. Her favorite assignment was running the coffee cart in Purvine Hall.
As an alumna, TeriAnn has stayed connected to Oregon Tech in several ways. In addition to her service as a board member for the AAB, she also volunteers as a scholarship reader and enjoys returning to campus to speak with juniors about what to expect when going out on externships. She has also been instrumental in the development of Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center as an externship site for all the medical imaging programs as well as the clinical laboratory and respiratory programs.
TeriAnn resides in Washoe Valley, Nevada with her husband and fellow dedicated volunteer, Jesse Stafford ’07. They have a daughter, Karly, and help host the annual Reno BBQ for alumni, faculty, and staff each summer. TeriAnn and Jesse were the recipients of the 2022 Alumni Spirit Award from Oregon Tech, an honor bestowed upon them in gratitude for all of the volunteer time and philanthropy they have shared with the university. TeriAnn and Jesse both credit their successful careers to the great start given to them at Oregon Tech.
Stacy Drury ‘03, Secretary:
Stacy grew up in Banks, Oregon and attended Oregon State University after high school. After one term there, though, Stacy realized the classes were too large for her learning style. Her parents had moved to Klamath Falls so Stacy took a chemistry class over the summer at Oregon Tech which she loved, so Oregon Tech became the natural choice to continue her college education.
As a student at Oregon Tech, Stacy was involved with the ASME student association, the SAE student association, and ASOIT. She also worked at the Information Desk and had numerous other campus positions. With just a few credits shy of graduation in 1987, Stacy was recruited by a government contractor, called Physics International at the time, and worked for them for 25 years. Stacy’s career path in the defense industry went from technician to design engineer and then to management. In 2003, Stacy completed her senior project and officially got her degree from Oregon Tech. In addition to her work in research and development, she also spent a couple of years at a plastics fabrication company prior to retirement.
Stacy and her husband reside in Klamath Falls and have two adult children, Daniel and Amanda, both of whom live in Southern California. As far as staying connected to Oregon Tech through volunteerism, Stacy explains, “I think Oregon Tech’s learning style is something to be nurtured and grown. Volunteering and supporting the school is my way of helping with that.”
~Becky Burkeen, Alumni Relations Manager