Building/College Stewards

A steward is an organizer. They let folks know about union meetings and upcoming events. They are an educator and communicator who serves as the first point of contact for new and current employees. Stewards are there to let faculty know about their rights and to answer questions about our union. A stewards is also an advocate for you in the workplace.

Aaron Thornburg, PhD, Ackerman Hall


Colby Heideman, PhD, Badgley Hall


My name is Colby Heideman, and I’m an Associate Professor in the Chemistry-Biochemistry Program.  I teach Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Introductory Science courses.  I also currently serve as the Steward for Badgley Hall for AAP.

Sarah Ralston, EOU Library


Sarah Ralston works as Library faculty in instruction. She is a liaison for the College of Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Health Sciences
and the College of Business

Mike Heather, MFA, Loso Hall


Mike Heather is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the steward for Loso Hall.

Wilson Zehr, Ph.D., MBA, College of Business


Dr. Wilson Zehr joined the faculty in the College of Business at Eastern Oregon University in Fall 2015. He has over a decade of university teaching experience having taught courses in marketing, finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, and business strategy).

Wilson’s career in industry spans more than 25 years in technology and telecom. He started his career as a Software Engineer, and then moved into full lifecycle product marketing, program management, strategic alliances, and executive leadership (CEO before 40). As a successful entrepreneur, he has participated in or started eight technology startups and consulted on dozens of successful early stage companies.

Wilson’s research interests include market-based innovation, entrepreneurship, strategic marketing, emerging technology, hybrid business models, analytical decision models, and business strategy.

Tawnya Lubbes, PhD, College of Education


Tawnya Lubbes is an Associate Professor of Education, ESOL Program Advisor and ESOL Program Coordinator in the College of Education. She also serves are the director of the Oregon Teacher Pathway Program and the Center for Culturally Responsive Practices. She loves language and culture and is often traveling locally, nationally and internationally.

Patty Sandoz, Fixed Term Faculty Steward


Patty Sandoz has been a math instructor at EOU for the past “square root of 121 added to 7 to the zero power” years. Prior to joining EOU, she taught grades 7-12 students at La Grande School District. Patty’s professional challenge is to help her students positively change their relationship with mathematics!