As a third generation Oregonian and a second generation graduate of Central Oregon Community College, I am committed to a thriving institution that welcomes residents from all six counties of its district. That commitment drives my service on the COCC Board of Directors.
I grew up in rural Deschutes County outside of Bend and returned home in 2014 with my wife and our two kids. After two years working as a paramedic in Jefferson County, I went back to school to earn my nursing degree at COCC, where I experienced first-hand the challenges of attending a college program designed for students right out of high school. That is why, as president of my nursing class, I advocated for rural residents and working parents. That is why I ran for the college board. And that is why I continue to work with regional leaders to solve problems like our shortage of high-quality early education.
My wife Amy also works in health care, and she serves on the Bend-La Pine School Board. Together we are raising two children with the help of my mother Robyn, who once attended COCC as a single mom (she went on to get her masters in social work). My family is what inspires me to support other families – traditional or non-traditional – on their educational journey.
Oliver Tatom, RN