The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of EARTH

Tim Solso

Theodore M. Solso
Position: Chairman / 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.

Alan Kelson

Alan Kelso
Position: Vice Chairman / 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.

Alejandra Cobb

Alejandra Cobb
Position: Secretary / Country: Costa Rica

Ana Regina Aguirre de Riojas

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

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.

Marisa Brenninkmeyer

Marisa Brenninkmeyer
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.

Frankling Chang

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.

Francis Durman

Francis Durman
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 Brouse

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.

Dele Olojede

Dele Olojede
Position: Board Member / Country: Nigeria

Oliver Niedermaier

Oliver Niedermaier
Position: Member / Country: Germany/USA

Emeriti Directors

Isabel Abreu | Country: Dominican Republic

Pedro León Azofeifa | Country: Costa Rica

Salvador Alemany | Country: Puerto Rico

Luis Alberto Monge | Country: Costa Rica

Eduardo King Carr | Country: Brazil

Norman A. Brown | Country: USA

Jorge Manuel Dengo O. | Country: Costa Rica

Hernán Fonseca | Country: Costa Rica

Rodolfo Cortés R. | Country: Costa Rica

José Elias Sánchez | Country: Honduras

Glen Taggart | Country: USA