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Meet Our New Board Members: A Closer Look

We're thrilled that Oregon Business Academy welcomes six outstanding individuals to our Board of Directors. At OBA, we believe in the power of diverse experiences and perspectives. These accomplished individuals strengthen our Board, bringing a wealth of expertise and a shared passion. Dive in to learn more about our newest additions or our whole leadership team

Marv Nelson

Marv Nelson, the new CEO of A-dec, brings a wealth of leadership experience to the OBA Board. His career journey reflects a dynamic mix of leadership, innovation, and a notable commitment to community impact. Under Marv's leadership, A-dec stands as a significant OBA partner.

Fun Fact From Marv: My wife, Sandy, and I have been married for 40 years in July, and we are proud grandparents of two boys, Brooks 3 ½ and Myles 2 months


Melissa Spain

Melissa Spain, Treasurer for OBA and Partner at Moss Adams, further demonstrates her commitment to Portland through her role on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington. Beyond her financial stewardship responsibilities, Melissa's dedication to fostering connections for the next generation is proven.

Fun Fact From Melissa: I have four children, a great husband, and two dogs.  All of the human family members love wake surfing in the summer and skiing in the winter.  We are addicted!


Megan Talbert

Megan Talbert, a dynamic young professional and Business Week alum, is a standout addition to our Board. She is currently working as a Technical Program Manager at Google.  Megan formerly served as Business Week Intern and she played a vital role in bringing the program back to Oregon in 2023 as Program Manager.  Her firsthand experience will bring a unique perspective to the board.

Fun Fact From Megan: I am currently learning to snowboard and taking American Sign Language (ASL) classes!


Traci Esteve

Traci Esteve, the Director of Information Risk Management at The Standard and a long-time Business Week Company Advisor, is a natural fit for OBA’s Board. Traci's dedication exemplifies her commitment to empowering and guiding the next generation of leaders.

Fun Fact from Traci: When I'm not out skiing or hiking, I love cooking international dishes with my family and pursuing my passion for all things tech (cyber, AI, data privacy).


Sandra McDonough

Sandra McDonough, retired President and CEO of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), brings over 40 years of leadership experience to OBA's board. As the former head of OBI, Sandi played a crucial role in shaping business priorities across various industries. Her 14-year tenure as President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance transformed it into the most influential business association in the Portland metropolitan area. Currently serving on multiple boards, including Northwest Natural,  New Avenues for Youth, and  the Regence Community Board, Sandi's wealth of experience and dedication make her a valuable addition to OBA's board.

Fun Fact From Sandra: I’m a Portland native, and hold Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Oregon in German and journalism.


Tara Kinateder

Tara Kinateder, EVP Principal and Portfolio Manager at Ferguson Wellman, joins OBA's board, bringing nearly two decades of investment experience. Her leadership includes roles in sustainable investing, practice management and oversight of the firm’s new office in Bellevue, WA.  Recognized as one of Portland's "Women of Influence" in 2021 2020, Tara's diverse leadership roles extend beyond finance. Her blend of professional expertise and philanthropic engagement aligns perfectly with OBA's goals.

Fun Fact From Tara: I had an unplanned lunch with President Jimmy Carter.


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