The Authors of the Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Philip D. VanBuskirk is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained a M.S. from West Virginia University and a B.S. from Davis and Elkins College.

  • Jodi Varon is the author of Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father and the translator of The Rock’s Cold Breath: The Selected Poems of Li He. Her interpretive work appears in Talking on Paper: An Anthology of Oregon Letters and Diaries. She has lectured on Chinese heritage for the Oregon Council for the Humanities Chautauqua Program, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and for the University of Washington’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. She is a professor of English at Eastern Oregon University and edits the literature and fine arts magazine Basalt.

  • Champ Clark Vaughan retired as a lands and minerals adjudication program manager with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after a thirty-one-year career with the federal government. He is a past president and current member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, a past president of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers, and a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel. His areas of expertise include historical geography, public land law, and disposition of the public domain. He has published articles in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and the U.S. Department of Interior BLM Cultural Resource Series.

  • Jamie Vener is an Associate Professor in The Department of Health, Physical Education and Leadership at Southern Oregon University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Exercise Science in 2003. Her current research interests include understanding determinants of physical activity in women, and physical activity promotion in women.

  • Carol Ventgen has been library director at Coos Bay Public Library since 1975. She was previously head of adult services for the Jackson County Library System and coordinator of the Southern Oregon Library Federation. She has B.A. and M.L.S. degrees from the University of Oregon. Ventgen is past president of the Oregon Library Association and former board member of Pacific Northwest Library Association and American Library Association. Her community involvement includes board membership for Coos County Community Concert Association, Coos County Cultural Coalition, and League of Women Voters, plus active participation in Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area.

  • Inara Verzemnieks is a staff writer at the Oregonian, where she works for the arts and culture department writing features that explore the overlooked and offbeat. In 2007, Verzemnieks was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for a collection of work that included her story about the maraschino cherry and its ties to Oregon.

  • Pamela A. Vorachek has been executive director of A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village (a children’s museum) in Salem, Oregon, for over nine years.