Board of Directors 2022

William B. Conerly, Ph.D. – Chair

Mr. Conerly is an economist and owner of Conerly Consulting, LLC. He lives in Lake Oswego.

Gilion Dumas – Vice Chair

Ms. Dumas is an attorney at Dumas & Vaughn. She resides in NE Portland.

William Udy – Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Udy was a financial analyst with NW Natural Gas for 35 years and is now retired. He lives in Camas, Washington.

John A. Charles, Jr. – President & CEO

Mr. Charles has worked for Cascade Policy Institute since 1997 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2004. He is a resident of Tigard.

Michael L. Barton, Ph.D.

Mr. Barton was a computational scientist with Intel prior to his early retirement in 1999. He lives in Washington County.

Manuel Castañeda

Mr. Castañeda is founder and owner of PLI Systems, an Oregon-based soil and foundation stabilization company. He lives in Aloha.

Katie Eyre

Ms. Eyre, a Certified Public Accountant, is a Tax Partner at Fordham & Co LLP in Hillsboro. She is a former Oregon state legislator and served on the Hillsboro Planning Commission for more than ten years.

Peter Wendel

Mr. Wendel is a retired nonprofit executive search consultant and former chief financial officer for a high tech public relations and advertising firm in Portland. He also spent about nine years at Intel Corporation in various finance and marketing rolls. He lives in Washington County.

Ruppert Reinstadler

Mr. Reinstadler recently retired as Vice President of Employee Benefits at Coordinated Resources Group in Portland, a division of HUB International Northwest. He is a Trustee of The Challenge Foundation, a family trust interested in school choice.