Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Discovery Institute’s esteemed board propels its mission to advance a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation.

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.

Howard Ahmanson

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. is founder and president of Fieldstead and Company, Inc., a private philanthropy working in national and international relief and development, education, the arts, family and children's concerns, and religious freedom issues worldwide. Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Ahmanson, is a graduate of Occidental College in that city and holds a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dave Barber

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Dave currently serves as chairman and principal of Cairn West, a Washington corporation, which is positioned to manage and operate the Barber family’s commercial real estate investment portfolio. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, he served for nearly 7 years on active duty as a United States Navy Special Warfare Officer. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Barbo

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Mr. Barbo is recently retired as the Chairman of Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc., a NY Stock Exchange traded company that was recently merged with Public Storage Inc. Mr. Barbo was a founder of Shurgard. He was raised in Seattle, attended the University of Washington and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. He serves on corporate boards of several Northwest companies.

Kathy Connors

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Kathy has been a community volunteer and philanthropist the past 25 years while raising her 4 children. A Bellevue, Washington native, she feels fortunate to be able to pursue her passions and community through organizations close to her heart. A 1982 graduate of the University of Washington Business school, Kathy worked for Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, Westin Hotels and Columbia Pictures before becoming a full time homemaker.

William A. Dembski

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
A mathematician and philosopher, Bill Dembski is the author/editor of more than 20 books as well as the writer of peer-reviewed articles spanning mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology. A past philosophy professor, he retired in 2014 from active research and teaching in intelligent design (ID) to focus on the connections between freedom, technology, and education — specifically, how education helps to advance human freedom with the aid of technology. Bill Dembski is presently an entrepreneur who builds educational software and websites. He lives near Denton, Texas.

Mike Dunn

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Mike Dunn is the fourth generation president of Dunn Lumber. Mike started working after school in 1969 and has done practically every job in the company. His favorite job was buying the lumber, plywood, and other commodities, which he did for 25 years. He is the father of three married children, two of which work for the company and has year-old identical twin granddaughters. He loves boating and golf when he has time, but mostly he's found interacting with family, team members, vendors, and customers. As he’s very fond of saying, "trust is hard to build and easy to lose!”

Annmarie Kelly

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Annmarie is an active supporter of her interests and serves on a number of boards including the University of Washington Newman Center, Capital Campaign Committee for the Newman Center, the University of Dallas Board of Trustees, the University of Dallas Endowment Committee, the Advisory Board for AVM Biotechnology, the St. Alphonsus Parish School Founding Endowment Committee, Ambassador on behalf of 4US.ORG and the Discovery Institute Board of Directors.

Skip Gilliland

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Skip Gilliland, Founder and President of The Skip & Susan Gilliland Foundation, joined the Discovery Institute board in 2008. He is the co-founder of Geodax Technology, Inc., a nuclear medicine technology company based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Gilliland served as the company's Chief Technical Officer from its founding in 1985 until 2004. In 2001, the company was named by the Triad Business Journal (a local business and trade publication) as one of the fastest growing companies in the region. Prior to founding Geodax, Mr. Gilliland worked for the Carolina Power & Light Company in its nuclear power generation division.

Richard Greiling

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Dick Greiling is President of Axion Systems, Inc., an application software development firm located in Seattle, which he co-founded in 1986. He is also the business manager of 222 Westlake LLC, Terry & Thomas LLC, and Benson Investments LLC, family corporations which develop and own real estate in the Puget Sound region. Dick serves as treasurer of University Presbyterian Church. Prior to his work at Axion, Dick spent 12 years as a management consultant, serving such clients as the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Postal Service, Air Force Systems Command, and the University of San Francisco. He received his B.S. degree from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. Dick and his wife Kristina live in Seattle.

Bryan Mistele

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading provider of connected car services and transportation analytics. INRIX is at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities in more than 88 countries around the world. Bryan started INRIX in 2004, having had more than 15 years experience building high-technology businesses and transforming industries through the power of information technology As a leader on technology and transportation issues, Bryan is a popular speaker on the future of transportation. Bryan has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, as a member of the United States Department of Transportation’s ITS Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Bryan is co-founder of ACES Northwest – a group committed to the adoption of Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared vehicles. Prior to INRIX, Mistele was an executive at Microsoft. Bryan holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Edmund C. Moy

38th Director of the United States Mint
Mint director, television commentator, author, White House staffer, business executive, private equity consultant, pastor, speaker, and corporate director. He lives in the Washington, DC area with wife Karen and his daughters Nora and Lucy, both adopted from China. 

Walter Myers III

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Walter is a Principal Engineering Manager leading a team of engineers, working with customers to drive their success in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. He holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Arts in Science & Religion (MASR) program teaching on Darwin, evolution, and design. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the California Policy Center (CPC), an educational non-profit focused on policies to improve California's democracy and economy.

Byron Nutley

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Byron Nutley is President of Cogitare LLC, a boutique financial and management consulting services firm. He is an active entrepreneur who has founded and led as CEO multiple tech companies that grew to over 100 employees, including nSET and iSolute. Byron has also served in senior leadership roles at a variety of other startups, from running operations at nanotech Zyvex Technologies and consulting firm Garrison Finish to CFO at blockchain technology company New Alchemy and software businesses ClipCard and FreeRein. He previously served as director of business operations at Microsoft for the Asia-Pacific region based out of Singapore, as well as on the initial Excel for Windows dev team during his 11-year career at the company. Byron received B.S. degrees in computer science and in engineering from Seattle Pacific University and an MSIA/MBA in finance and information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mariana Parks

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Mariana Parks is retired from a career in public policy, having worked as Deputy State Director and speechwriter for US Senator Slade Gorton, and as president of the Slade Gorton International Policy Center. She also served as Senior Advisor for US Representative Dave Reichert, and worked for the Washington Policy Center and Microsoft Government Affairs. Parks ran her own company providing consultancy to a broad range of corporate, political and non-profit organizations. She now serves as president of CTNNB1 Syndrome Awareness Worldwide, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing awareness of the ultra-rare genetic disorder, which affects her grandson, connecting other families and the medical community dealing with the Syndrome, and providing resources and research into finding effective treatments and eventually a cure.

James Spady

Board Member, Discovery Institute
Jim Spady is the President of Seattle's iconic Dick's Drive-in Restaurant chain. A 1976 graduate of Bellevue's Interlake High School, Jim earned an economics degree (summa cum laude) from Arizona State University in 1980 and a Juris Doctor degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Washington School of Law in 1983.

Tony Whatley

Board of Directors, Discovery Institute
Tony Whatley grew up in Atlanta and earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. All of his career was spent in the institutional investment management field. His first stint was as one of the original founders of INDATA, which relocated to San Francisco in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he was recruited by Frank Russell Company and moved to the Pacific Northwest. He spent 15 years in various positions with Frank Russell rising to the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 1992, he founded Accessor Capital Management and served as the CEO of Accessor Mutual Funds until the company was sold in 2008. Since that time, Tony has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and devoted much of his time to researching and writing about fitness and its application in promoting health and longevity.