Earthpark development team
Ted Townsend is president of
Townsend Vision, a private investment company, and formerly owner
of Townsend Engineering, a leading inventor, manufacturer and worldwide
distributor of proprietary food-processing equipment. Actively engaged
in philanthropy for over 30 years, Ted is the founder and visionary
for three complementary institutions focused on enhanced learning:
Earthpark, Great Ape Trust of Iowa (greatapetrust.org),
and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org).
Having traveled the world from an early age, Ted now serves on the
boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations. He resides
in Des Moines, Iowa and Rancho Mirage, California.
David brings three decades of
extensive public and private sector management experience to Earthpark.
Earlier in his career, David served as Chief of Staff to two former
Iowa Governors, the Hon. Robert D. Ray and the Hon. Terry Branstad.
He also served as chairman of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s
bipartisan 2010 Strategic Planning Council. From 1985 to 2001, David
was a media and entertainment executive with TCI and AT&T during
the companies’ launch into broadband services. David has served
on numerous boards including the C-SPAN Network, Iowa Health Systems,
and the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.
A noted scientist and widely
published author, Ben is Director of Conservation for Great Ape Trust
of Iowa. He also directs the Gishwati Area Conservation Program,
which is creating the first national conservation park in Rwanda.
A comparative psychologist by training, Ben was a research curator
at Chicago’s Brookfield zoo for more than a decade
and later associate director
and curator of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for
another 20 years. During that latter period he served on the negotiating
committee that brought giant pandas to the zoo from China. Ben also
coordinated the successful reintroduction of golden lion tamarins
into the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. He serves as an adviser to
numerous conservation organizations, including the AZAs Reintroduction
David is an award winning scientist,
teacher and celebrated author. He began his professional career in
the West Indies, as Director of the Bahamas National Trust for the
Conservation of Wildlife and as a consultant for the International
Union for the Conservation of Nature, in Switzerland. After earning
a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, David joined the scientific
staff of the New York Botanical Garden, spending eight years in the
field in the Brazilian Amazon conducting research on the biogeography
of trees. In 1987 David joined the sixth Brazilian expedition to
Antarctica, studying the life cycles and pathologies of the invertebrate
parasites of crustaceans, fish and seals. A tropical biologist, Dr.
Campbell is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations and the Global
Environment at Grinnell College.
A Professor of Anthropology at
the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1994, Anna researches
human prehistory and land use sustainability in tropical forest Amazonia
and the Congo. She has published six books and more than 85 articles
in such publications as Science, Nature, and Harvard U. and Cambridge
University presses. For her research, Anna has received multiple
awards including a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She
is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the
Royal Geographic Society. Anna has served on the boards of numerous
charitable organizations for the advancement of science, education,
human rights, cultural and historic preservation, and environmental
Dr. Mary Schon, of the Krell
Institute, brings 17 years of experience at Epcot® Walt Disney
World, where she developed entertaining, engaging and relevant science
programming for Epcot® guests of all ages. Mary's curriculum
programming role at Earthpark is an extension of that important work,
including partnering with K-12 educators to identify and promote
high efficacy, inquiry-based and nature driven STEM educational experiences.
Mary holds a masters degree in biology and a Ph.D. in agronomy.
Andrew Whalley (AIA, RIBA, FRSA)
leads Grimshaw’s New York office where he oversees all projects
in the Americas as well as other select projects around the globe.
A native of the UK, Andrew has been an instrumental part of Grimshaw’s
growing worldwide practice since its earliest days. He has been partner-in-charge
of projects serving many diverse sectors, including education, performing
arts, transportation and the workplace. Andrew’s award-winning
projects include the International Terminal at Waterloo, the redevelopment
of historic Paddington Station in London, and the Eden Project in
Cornwall, UK. Andrew regularly contributes to lecture programs and
publications worldwide and acts as the sustainability columnist for
Vincent joined Grimshaw’s London office in 1996 and was responsible
for establishing the practice’s New York office. His award-winning
projects include the Eden Project in Cornwall, the masterplan for
Waterloo International Terminal, and the redevelopment of Paddington
Station in London. In the US, Vincent led the firm’s first
American commissions, including the competition-winning schematic
design for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental
Media and Performing Arts Center. Vincent is now Principal-in-Charge
of New York City Transit’s Fulton Street Transit Center in
Lower Manhattan. His lecture
credits include various seminars and symposia for institutions such
as the AIA and RIBA.
A senior architect at Grimshaw,
David Burke has a long history of developing inventive structures,
including the Athletes' Pavilion at the 1996 Olympic Games and a
traveling exhibition for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development's
Earth Summit 3. At Grimshaw he has had primary roles on the
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and the Fulton Street
Transit Center. He regularly lectures and contributes to academic
Frank is a founding partner and principal of the firm with
a broad range of experience in architecture, graphic design, exhibit
design, and content development. Blending his love of history and
nature with his strength in design has positioned Frank as one of
the foremost leaders in the field of exhibit planning and design.
Throughout his career,
and at the core of the firm’s philosophy, Frank continues to
work on all phases of his projects, from their conceptual beginnings
through to their final installation and completion. Prior to founding
Lyons/Zaremba Inc., Frank worked for fourteen years with Cambridge
Seven Associates where he was a principal from 1978 to 1987. Previous
to that, Frank was an architect with Huygens and Tappe, Inc., Boston,
Steve is a principal at Lyons/Zaremba Inc. with an impressive
background in exhibit planning and design, project management, and
museum operations. Known throughout the industry for his work, Steve
blends his concern for the “visitor experience” with
the demands for aesthetic and technical excellence. Prior to joining
the firm in 1997,
Steve worked for ten years with
Joseph A. Wetzel Associates, Inc. (JAWA) where he was an exhibit
designer, 1987-90;associate, 1990-93; and vice president and principal,
1993-97. Steve also worked five years at the New England Aquarium,
Boston, where he was an exhibit designer, 1982-85; and curator of
exhibits and graphics, 1985-87.
Additionally, Steve worked for
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was the assistant
director of exhibitions, 1977-81; and director of exhibitions, 1981-82.
|Energy & Life Support Systems
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Director of Sustainable Design & Energy Systems
As Syska’s Director of Sustainable Design and High Performance
Building Technology, David Callan serves as Earthpark’s sustainable
design and alternative energy systems engineer. Callan has experience
in the design and analysis of building systems and energy saving
measures for projects in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the
Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council, National Capitol
Region and consults for the U.S. General Services Administration.
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Director of Life Support Systems
As a Principal-In-Charge and
Director of Aquatic Life Support Systems at Syska Hennessy, Michael
has twenty years of experience in the design of aquariums and aquatic
life support systems. He has led his team on more than 30 aquarium
projects of all sizes ranging
from the new $290 million Georgia Aquarium to the 20,000 square foot
National Marine Life Science Center.
Zoo Horticulture Consulting & Design
Rob Halpern has been a leader
in zoo landscape design since 1993. Since founding Zoo Horticulture
Consulting & Design in 2001, he has worked with zoos, science
centers and aquariums throughout the United States (from Miami to
San Francisco, Minnesota to Dallas) and in Europe. His landscapes,
design concepts and exhibit content development for the Bronx Zoo's
Butterfly Zone and the Congo Gorilla Forest helped win the AZA's
Exhibit Award in 1997 and again in 2000. Rob was awarded a Longwood
Fellowship in Public Horticulture in 1984 and received a Master of
Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Delaware
in 1986. As horticulturist for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
(1987-1992) and Curator of Horticulture at the Bronx Zoo (1993-2000),
he was responsible for all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscape
design for grounds and exhibits.
Aine is a Managing Principal
of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc with 28 years of experience. Among
Aine’s list of accomplishments is leading structural engineering
teams in delivering more than three million square feet of office
development in Times Square – all in the last ten years. Other
notable projects include the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio,
the New York Presbyterian Hospital Greenberg, and the tallest buildings
in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2006, Aine was one of the
top 20 women honored by Development New York in 2006. She has authored
numerous technical papers and lectured in Universities throughout
the country including Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia universities.
Aine holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University College
in Galway, Ireland and a M.S. degree in Engineering from the Imperial
College of Science and Technology in London.
Navigant Capital Advisors
Investment Banking Advisor
Jonathan serves as a Managing
Director and Practice Co-Head of Navigant Capital Advisors, the Corporate
Finance practice group of Navigant Consulting, Inc. As Co-Head of
Navigant Capital Advisors, Jon oversees activities for all practice
areas including the Investment Banking, Restructuring, Valuation
and Lender Services advisory group. In the area of Corporate Finance,
Jon provides senior level deal experience to middle market clients.
He assists clients in executing mergers& acquisitions, raising
private equity and other debt instruments, and strategic advisory
Larry Hudspeth Consulting Services
A graduate of UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management,
Larry Hudspeth has held key leadership positions with not-for-profit
organizations including the Long Beach Aquarium Project and UCLA’s
School of the Arts and Architecture. With a successful track record
in finance and administration, Hudspeth has developed business plans
and strategies that offer practical solutions for a multitude of
organizations operating in our complex world.