Meet Our Board of Directors
Riley J. Hill
President, Industrial Lands
Riley Hill hails from the Yakima Valley. He attended White Swan High School and Yakima Valley Community College. Raised on a working farm, Riley recognizes the need for high tech farming today. He knows vocational technical education is a key to success for many Malheur County Youth.
Riley is a proud resident of Ontario, Oregon since 1972, has been a successful Builder/Developer in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. His areas of expertise include subdivision, apartment and office building development and construction. He owns Greystone Builders, LLC.
Riley believes civic duty is a catalyst for social and economic change. He was the past President of Treasure Valley Builders Association, a founding member and chair of the Ontario Public Works Committee, a member of St. Peter’s School Finance Committee, Blessed Sacrament Finance Committee, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge 1690, past President of the Ontario Gun Club, High Chief of Shoshone Indians (a national shooting organization), and a US Marine. Riley is a founding member of “Malheur County: Poverty to Prosperity.”
Career Technical Education
Dirk emigrated from the Netherlands in 1965, after finishing Technical and Agriculture vocational schooling in Holland.
Dirk farmed from 1966 until 2007 and is now in a partnership raising, packing and shipping shallots year round for the Western USA and some export.
Dirk has served on many Local and State boards and is a strong supporter of vocational education. His goal is to better the standard of living by educating and connecting students through vocational schooling with the job market. Industry needs trained people to compete in the world market.
Retain Local Business
Ken Hart is the President of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. Saint Alphonsus Ontario is part of the Saint Alphonsus Health System with four hospitals and multiple physician clinics from Baker City, Oregon to Boise, Idaho. Saint Alphonsus in Ontario employees over 400 employees in various roles within the health care field including skilled nurses, medical assistants, lab technicians and physicians.
Ken and his family have lived in Ontario for the past ten years. Prior to joining the hospital he was the CFO for the Gentry Auto Group with locations in Ontario and Baker City. Ken has held past positions with the American Red Cross in Portland as its COO as well as serving as the Press Secretary for former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield in Washington, D.C. Ken is a licensed CPA in the state of Oregon and obtained is undergraduate degree from Portland State University and his graduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C.
Ken currently serves on the board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Snake River Correctional Institute Public Advisory Committee and Saint Alphonsus Medical Credit Union board.
Expanded Ag/Traded Sector
Bill Johnson owns Sage Farms, a large, multi-faceted farm in the Treasure Valley. Sage Farms produces a broad range of seed, vegetable, grain and forage crops and is a leader in onion, radish seed, azuki bean and teff production. This year Sage Farms will raise 17 different crops on 5,000 acres.
Born in Ontario and raised in Vale, Bill has a S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics. His focus there was Computation Fluid Dynamics, with a humanities concentration in Economics.
After college Bill joined Microsoft, where he led the design of Microsoft Excel 3.0, and was a key participant in marketing Excel 4.0. Later, Bill was VP of Program Management at InterNAP, a network routing optimization firm, where he helped grow annual sales from $40 million to $120 million.
Bill serves on numerous local and industry boards, including the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force. Bill and his wife Kathy are proud parents of two adult sons.
Utilization of Natural Resources
Andy Bentz is part of the third generation of a ranching business family in southeastern Oregon. He was educated in Oregon and worked in the timber industry before entering the Law Enforcement field in 1981.
Andy spent the last 15 years of his career as the elected Sheriff of Malheur County. Since that time he has been the managing member of Bentz Solutions, LLC a business and governmental consulting group. Bentz Solutions works with clients in many of the natural resources industries throughout the west. Andy has a strong sense of stewardship towards his communities and neighbors. In pursuit of that he chose to be part of leadership and membership in many local and State wide organization and positions over the years.
Andy and his wife Joan raised their daughter and son in Ontario and both are now married with families of their own. His daughter and family live in Idaho for job positions while their son owns a business in Malheur County. Andy believes in rural Oregon and understands what it will take to make it viable again.