The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of EARTH
Theodore M. Solso
Position: President / Country: USA
Tim Solso is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of General Motors. He was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2012 and began his role as Chairman in January 2014. In 2011 he retired after a 40-year career at Cummins Inc. where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Chairman and CEO. Mr. Solso is a Director of Ball Corp., The MasterCard Foundation, Ad Astra Rocket Company, and Heritage Group Holdings. He is also a senior advisor to Greenbriar Equity Group, a New York based private equity firm. He has served on numerous Boards, as U.S. Chairman of the U.S. – Brazil CEO Forum, and was a member of the Business Roundtable. He also served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and was a Principal on the American Energy Innovation Council. Among his many honors, Mr. Solso was awarded the inaugural Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation prize in 2013, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008, the national Six Sigma CEO of the year in 2007, and the William R. Laws Human Rights Award by the Human Rights Commission of Columbus, Indiana. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from DePauw University, Rose-Hulman University, Franklin College and EARTH University. Mr. Solso earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Position: Vice President / Country: Costa Rica
Mr. Kelso is the CEO of Ecodesarrollo Papagayo, S.A.; Chairman and CEO of the Sinergo Development Group; as well as the CEO of Desarrollos NHD, S.A.; Hotelera Cali, S.A; Marina de Herradura, S.A; and Datagrama Comunicaciones, S.A. Under his leadership the Global Industrial Park, Papagayo Peninsula, Marriott Costa Rica Hotel, Los Sueños Marriott Beach & Gold Resort, Hyatt Place Hotel, and Hyatt Andaz in Papagayo were developed. In addition to his service on the EARTH University Board of Directors, he contributes to the improvement of education in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica through his work with the Growing Together for the Development of Guanacaste Association.
Pedro E. León Azofeifa
Position: Secretary / Country: Costa Rica
He served as Professor and as Director of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Center in the Physiology Department at the University of Costa Rica’s School of Medicine. Dr. León is a founding member and President of National Parks Foundation. He is the President of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Tropical Studies and a member of other scientific and environmental organizations. He is member of CAATEC Foundation, an advisory think tank on scientific progress in Costa Rica. He is also a member of the Assembly of Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (InBio) and the Tropical Science Center. Dr. León is the President of the Costa Rican Academy of Sciences, of which he has been a member since its creation in 1991. He has been a foreign associate of the Latin American Academy of Sciences (ACAL) since 1998 and of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States since 2005. He is the former Director General of the National Center of High Technology (CENAT), for which he has also been a researcher. He has also been the General Coordinator of the Peace with Nature Initiative and has been a Fellow at the Hanse Institute in Delmenhorst, Germany. Dr. Leon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
Ana Regina Aguirre de Riojas
Position: Board Member / Country: Guatemala
Ana Regina Aguirre de Riojas is the Director of Grupo Duwest; Founder of the Guatemalan Scholarship Association; President of United World Colleges Guatemala Committee and a member of the International Council and the Board of Directors of the United Way Guatemala. As the founder of Guauhitemala she has published 6 volumes in Spanish about trees and one in English, “Trees in the life of the Maya World”, in aim of rescuing and reproducing native species. She is an active member of CentraRSE (Action Center for Corporate Social Responsibility) and leads their Business Eco-efficiency project. She studied economics at Rafael Landivar University and computer programming at the International Computer Science Institute.
Bobby D. Moser
Position: Board Member / Country: USA
Bobby Moser served as Vice President and Dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences from 1991 until November 2012. In this role, Dr. Moser led the College’s resident instruction program, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Developmental Center, and the Agricultural Technical Institute at Wooster.
Moser is nationally and internationally recognized for his leadership in agriculture. In July 2005, President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed Dr. Moser to the U.S.-India Knowledge Initiative on Agricultural Education, Teaching, Research, Service and Commercial Linkages.
Formerly a member of The Farm Foundation Round Table Steering Committee and the Land O’Lakes board of directors, he has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is currently a board member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Dr. Moser holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science and Nutrition from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska.
Position: Board Member / Country: England
She has been part of the Counselor, Family and Bereavement Team of the Thames Valley Hospice working with individuals and families in bereavement or pre bereavement. Mrs. Brenninkmeyer has a Bachelors in Education from George Washington University and a Masters of Science in Integrative Counseling from Roehamption University.
Franklin Chang Díaz
Position: Board Member / Country: USA/Costa Rica
He is founder and current Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, a US firm developing advanced plasma rocket technology with operations in Houston, Texas and Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Dr. Chang Díaz completed a 25 year career as a NASA astronaut and is a veteran of 7 space missions, including three space walks. He founded and directed the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL) at the Johnson Space Center. Dr. Chang Díaz is the inventor of the VASIMR® engine, a high power plasma rocket currently under development by Ad Astra for in-space applications. He holds a PhD in Applied Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Rice University and the University of Houston.
Position: Board Member / Country: Costa Rica
Francis Durman is a mechanical engineer graduated from Texas A&M University and currently oversees the holding company that watches over his family’s investments, which include a technology products distribution business, a hospital with facilities in two different locations, a logistics enterprise, two free zone parks, and a helicopter charter flights operator. Previously he served as the CEO for the Latin American chapter of Aliaxis Group, and was the CEO of Durman Esquivel PVC, a family-owned pipes and fittings factory that his father started in 1959. Under his leadership, the company expanded into Mexico, Central America, Peru, and Colombia. Today Mr. Durman is the Director of BAC San José, a leading credit card financial bank in Central America; Chairman of the Board of Manga Rica, Central America’s largest mango farm; President and Chairman of the Board of the Pan-American School; a member of the Board of Purdy Motor Company, Costa Rica’s leading automotive dealer and of the Board of GDC, one of the Central American Region’s largest developers of tourism-oriented projects.
Mark S. Brouse
Position: Board Member / Country: USA
Mark S. Brouse retired as president of VISTA Staffing Solutions, Inc., the physician staffing segment of On Assignment. Mr. Brouse joined On Assignment as a result of On Assignment’s December 2006 acquisition of VISTA, a company he co-founded in 1990. Mr. Brouse began his career in pharmaceutical sales in 1980, and in 1986 joined CompHealth, a locum tenens staffing company, where he led specialty teams serving psychiatry and internal medicine clients before founding VISTA. Currently, Mr. Brouse is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Northern Utah and is a past president of that board. He provides mentoring for social entrepreneurs via his participation in the Ashoka Support Network, which supports Ashoka fellows throughout the world. Mr. Brouse is also a member of the National Advisory Board for the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and is an active investor and member of the Salt Lake City Angels. Previously, Mr. Brouse served as a member of the board of Utah HealthCare Institute, a not for profit entity providing Salt Lake City with quality healthcare through St. Marks Family Medicine Residency, and PEHR Technologies, an electronic medical records company. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Chemistry from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Position: Board Member / Country: Nigeria
Country: Dominican Republic
†Dr. Salvador Alemany
Country: Puerto Rico
†Dr. Luis Alberto Monge
Country: Costa Rica
†Sr. Eduardo King Carr
† Dr. Norman A. Brown
† Sr. Jorge Manuel Dengo O.
Country: Costa Rica
† Dr. Hernán Fonseca
Country: Costa Rica
† Sr. Rodolfo Cortés R.
Country: Costa Rica
† Sr. José Elias Sánchez
† Dr. Glen Taggart