Board and Sponsors

Board of Directors and Officers

Christopher Phillips, PhD, Founder/Executive Director ( )

Paul Martin, Chief Investment Officer, Martin Capital Advisors, LLP

Charlynn Duecy, Public Relations Strategist, Microsoft Corp

Cecilia Chapa Phillips, MEd, Secretary/Treasurer

Dennis Dienst, Board Chair, MSSCM, CPSM, CPIM Senior Category Manager, Printed Circuit Board Assemblies, TSI Incorporated

Danielle Olson, MFA, Visual Strategist, DROdesign, Communications and Content Manager, Hatch Innovation

Paul Stahl, Director of Government Sales, DynaTouch Corporation; Chair, San Antonio Public Library Board of Trustees

Suhail Arastu, Board of Trustees, Mind Science Foundation; Director of Development, Musical Bridges Around the World

Rob Horn, Analyst, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, MA, Public Policy and Citizen Participation, Tufts

Omar Akhil, Founder of Brainiac, Owner of Vaulkshire Investment Advisors

T.J. Mayes, Attorney, San Antonio

Sam Fairchild, CEO, Estrella Group

Linda Pierce, MBA, Performance Management Group, Virginia Commonwealth University

James M. Burke, PhD, Director, Performance Management Group, Virginia Commonwealth University

Kathy Cadwell, co-founder, Project Harmony; teacher and head of history department, Harwood Union School, VT

Advisory Board

Odin Hartshorn Halvorson — writer, filmmaker, philosopher, geek

Charles A. Massiatte, Founder, New Scholars of Texas

Shirley Strum Kenny, PhD, Retired President, Stony Brook University

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Sawyer Neale, Undergraduate, St. John’s College; Committeeman, Dauphin County Democratic Committee

Peter Schoonmaker, PhD, Founding Chair, MFA Program in Collaborative Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Founder and ED, Illahee

Ralph Lewin, Executive Director, Mechanics’ Institute, Past President and CEO, Cal Humanities

Thaddeus Russell, PhD, historian, scholar, essayist, author of ‘A Renegade History of the United States’

Brian Austin, Detective, SWAT cop, Founder of Cops for Labor, Madison, WI

Stewart Harris, Professor of Law, Host, ‘Your Weekly Constitutional’

David Blacker, PhD, Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies, University of Delaware,

Stephen Duncombe, PhD, Professor, Gallatin School and Dept. of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU


Founding Sponsors ($5,000 or more)

Wolfgang Somary, Banker, Author, and Poet