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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Thomas E. Beach, Beach Investment Counsel, Inc.
West Conshoshocken, Pennsylvania
Beach overseas the investment assets of wealthy individuals and foundations.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Business School. He sits on the boards of several organizations including the Reason Foundation and the Pennsylvania Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Loren Bough, Private Investor
Big Sky, Montana
Bough has been an active entrepreneur and philanthropist in Russia for the past 20 years with a focus on investment banking, retail and real estate. Returning to his home state of Montana in 2004, he has focused on local educational and philanthropic issues. He serves as Chair of the Big Sky School District Board of Trustees and as Vice Chair of the Yellowstone Club Community foundation.

Thomas J. Bray, The Detroit News (retired)
Bozeman, Montana
Bray was editorial page editor at the Detroit News from 1983 to May 2000. He is a member of the board of the Earhart Foundation and chair of the Special Committee, a group charged with overseeing ethics issues and editorial independence at the Wall Street Journal. Bray is author of Soaring High: New Strategies for Environmental Giving, published by the Philanthropy Roundtable in 2005. 

Henry N. Butler, George Mason Univeristy Law & Economics Center, School of Law
Arlington, Virginia
Dr. Butler is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law and serves as Executive Director of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center. His research and teachings focus on issues related to antitrust, contracting, health care, corporate governance, consumer protection, banking, insurance, environmental law and policy, and securities regulation. For more than 20 years, he has managed judicial education programs that teach judges the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and scientific methods. More than 3,000 sitting federal and state judges have attended programs under Dr. Butler’s direction. Dr. Butler is a member of the American Law & Economics Association, the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, and is an Honorary Member of the American College of Business Court Judges. 

Robert C. Clement, Accenture (retired),
Sunset, South Carolina

Clement had a 15-year career at Accenture, the world's largest technology consulting company, from which he retired as a partner in 2004. Prior to his tenure at Accenture, he was an Instructor of Economics at Clemson University. Clement continues to consult with a variety of businesses in the areas of business strategy, business operations, project management, and antitrust economics. 

Tyler Dann, Harlem Valley Investing Co., Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Dann has been an insurance broker and president of Wesfair Agency, Inc. in Chappaqua, New York since 1970. He is co-trustee of the Helen I. Graham Charitable Foundation which supports organizations or similar organizations selected by Mrs. Graham prior to her death. Dann was a former director of The Factory Point Bancorp (Manchester, VT), Premier Bancorp, Fishkill, NY, and a regional director of M&T Bancorp. He was a former trustee and member of the investment committee of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, NY.

Kimberly O. Dennis, Searle Freedom Trust
Washington D.C.

Dennis is president of the Searle Freedom Trust. She is also chairman of the board of Donors Trust, vice chairman of the board of Donors Capital Fund, a trustee of the Earhart Foundation, a trustee of the Rupe Foundation, and a member of the board of visitors of George Mason University. Her previous positions include: director of the National Research Initiative, a program of the American Enterprise Institute, executive director of the Philanthropy Roundtable, and program officer for the John M. Olin Foundation.

Deborah Donner, Business Consultant
Denver, Colorado

Donner is a business consultant with an international focus on retail and fine art wholesaling. She brings non-profit experience through her service on several philanthropic organizations.

Carlos Fernández, The Nature Conservancy
San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro Patagonia, Argentina

Fernández is project manager for the TNC Patagonian Grasslands of Argentina program which aims to conserve 16 million hectares of Argentina’s temperate grasslands by 2015. In 2009, he was also appointed Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager charged with overseeing the conservation strategies of the Conservancy’s projects implemented in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. He was formerly based in Arlington, VA as the Conservancy’s Senior Foreign Legal Advisor for South America when he attended PERC’s 2007 Enviropreneur Institute.

Martin Hostettler, Managing Partner, Cycad Inc.
Bern, Switzerland 
Hostettler is managing partner of Cycad Inc. in Switzerland. His professional expertise in environmental engineering with focuses on gravel pits, quarries, and landfills. Hostettler also worked as a consultant in forest policy with Tensor Consulting Inc. He is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Swiss Forestry Journal and lectures about forest property rights at TU Dresden. Hostettler attended the 2004 Enviropreneur Institute at PERC.

Fred E. Karlinsky, Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb 
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Karlinsky represents insurers and reinsurers throughout the United States and internationally in a wide variety of business, operational, regulatory, transactional and governmental matters. Recognized as one of the top insurance lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a global attorney ranking organization, Karlinsky has an in-depth knowledge of insurance compliance matters.  He has established substantial relationships with insurance commissioners and their respective staff members throughout the country.

Kristina Kendall, New Balloon Investments
Brooklyn, New York 
New Balloon creates and supports narrative video content for any size screen. Prior to 2013, Kendall was executive producer at Fox News and Fox Business for John Stossel. Until 2009, she was Stossel’s producer at the national ABC newsmagazine 20/20 where she produced nearly a hundred pieces, many of them taking a skeptical look at conventional wisdom, public policy, government, and the media. Kendall is the recipient of the Paul Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award, the NLGJA/Siegenthaler Excellence in Journalism Award, and was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her role in ABC's coverage of September 11, 2001. In 2005, she was awarded a Templeton-Cambridge fellowship in science and religion.

Dwight E. Lee, Gagnon Securities LLC
New York, New York

Lee is a partner at Gagnon Securities, a New York-based investment firm.  He has been a director or trustee of public and private corporations and many charitable organizations, and is currently chairman of the board of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards) and a trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Rankin Smith, Jr., Seminole Plantation
Boston, Georgia 
Smith is currently the Managing Partner of the Seminole Plantation, a shooting preserve that was established in 1991. Smith is also the Director of Fidelity Bank of Atlanta and the Trustee of Archbold Hospital as well the past chairman. Starting his career in 1971 at Life of Georgia Insurance Company, he gained experience there until his departure in 1977. In 1978, Smith joined the Atlanta Falcons Football Team and was promoted to President in 1987. Smith stayed with the Atlanta Falcons until 1991. Smith has also gained experience as a past Director of the Atlanta area Boy Scouts and VSO.  

John F. Tomlin, Conservation Forestry Partners, LLC
Greenville, South Carolina
Tomlin is the co-founder and a managing member of Conservation Forestry Partners, LLC, and its affiliated entities. His business was formed to align private equity with conservation capital for the purpose of acquiring, managing, and realizing competitive risk adjusted returns on large forestland properties. Prior to forming Conservation Forestry, Tomlin was involved in several entrepreneurial endeavors, including general partner of a group of venture and private equity funds known as the Vista Group.

Brian Yablonski, Gulf  Power Company
Tallahassee, Florida
Yablonski is the external affairs director for the Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company. He is responsible for Gulf Power’s regulatory and governmental affairs activities and for providing environmental relations support for the Southern Company. Yablonski is also commissioner and vice -chairman of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency charged with protecting wildlife and overseeing hunting and fishing activities. In 2007, he was appointed to serve on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. In that capacity, he sponsored the successful Constitutional Amendment 4, an initiative to provide property tax exemptions for private stewardship lands placed into conservation easements. The Florida Wildlife Federation named him Florida’s 2009 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year. Previously Yablonski served as vice-president of Public Affairs for the St. Joe Company, director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and as the personal staff assistant to President George H.W. Bush. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Foundation for Florida’s Future.