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Explorers Club Committees


Permanent Committees


Chapter Relations Committee
Chair -
R. Alexander Wallace MN’01 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Vice Chair - John A. Hodge FN’74
Members
Robert S. Becker AN’08
Aida C. Belau MN’10
Harry Brooks MED’93
Alan Feldstein, Esq., MN’09
Amanda S. Glickman, M.Sc., FI’05    
Steven R. Schwankert MI’05
Mission - The Chapter Relations Committee shall be responsible for maintaining good communications with the duly constituted Regional Chapters of the Club, monitoring and aiding their activities and aiding in formation of new Chapters.
     
Development Committee
Chair –
Ted Janulis MR’95
Members
Kristin Larson, Esq., FN’02
Carl G. Schuster FE’74
Theodore M. Siouris MR’95
Robert H. Whitby MR’96
Mission - The Development Committee shall be responsible for overseeing and advising all aspects of the Club’s fund-raising activities. 

Executive Committee
Chair -
Alan H. Nichols, J.D., D.S. FN’84 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Members
Robert J. Atwater LF’05
Julianne M. Chase, Ph.D. FR’97
James M. Clash FR’99
Constance Difede MN’01
James M. Edwards, M.D., LM’97
Brian P. Hanson MED’84
Lee V. Langan FN’99
Col. Don T. Morley MN’90
William J. Roseman MR’07 *
R. Alexander Wallace MN’01 *
May Attend - No Vote where noted *

Expedition Preparedness Committee
Chair -
Scott W. Hamilton MED’82 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Mission – To be a resource to expeditions in need of advice or information about specific plans, expeditions or destinations.

Finance Committee
Chair -
Robert E. Maroney AR’07
Members
Theodore M. Siouris MR’95
Christopher J. Heintz MR’03

Flag and Honors Committee
Chair -
Constance Difede MN’01
Members
Harry D. Brooks, MED ‘93
John C. D. Bruno MED ‘74
Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., FN ‘05
David Concannon, J.D., FN ‘96
Brianna E. Dema, MN ‘13
Linda Elkins-Tanton, Ph.D., FN ‘07
Kenneth M. Kamler, M.D., FR ‘84
Jonathan M. Leader, Ph.D., FN ‘05
Mike J. Manyak, M.D., MED ‘92
Monika M. Rogozinska, MED ‘93
Lee M. Talbot, Ph.D., MED ‘57
Don Walsh, Ph.D., MED ‘61
Mission - The Flag and Honors Committee shall consider all applications for the carrying of Expedition Flags and the award of all honors which might be extended by the Club, except those honors which are specifically covered elsewhere in these Bylaws, under the rules appertaining thereto and shall submit its recommendations on said applications to the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors.

House Committee
Chair -
Jonathan M. Conrad MED ‘87
Members
Deirdre B. Brennan MR’04
Rodney H. Brown MN’02
Adelaide Polk-Bauman SM’03
Gaelin A. Rosenwaks FR’06
Becky Rygh MN’10
Lindley K. Young FN’89
Mission - The House Committee shall be charged with the duty of maintaining the premises where the Club is located in proper and good condition and shall report to the Board of Directors such recommendations as it deems appropriate in connection with alterations, repairs and otherwise. It shall also keep a reasonable inventory of the contents of the premises and perform such other duties as may be assigned to it by the Board of Directors. The House Committee shall also be responsible for the hospitality arrangements for any guests, functions or programs to take place on the Club premises.

Lectures and Programs Committee
Chair -
Robert S. Ashton MR’03
Members
Cheryl Green MR’08
Delta L. Willis MR’05
Mission – The Public Lectures Committee aims to increase the quality of lectures as well as increase attendance of both the members and the general public.

Film Screening Committee
Chair -
Ross S. Von Burg MR’07

Legacy Society Committee
Chair -
Theodore M. Siouris MR’95
Members
Robert J. Atwater LF’05
August “Augie” R. Brown MN’97
George W. Gowen, Esq. MR’96 – Legal Issues
Scott W. Hamilton MED’82
Brian P. Hanson MED’84
Virginia Eleanor Newell AN’02
Alan H. Nichols, J.D., D.S. FN’84
Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D. MED’99
Mission - The Legacy Society Committee shall be responsible for encouraging contributions to the Club to be held in the form of endowment, income from which is to be applied by the Board to benefit the tax-exempt purposes of the Club. 

Legal Committee
Chair -
George W. Gowen, Esq. MR’96
Members
John A. Hodge FN‘74
Charles N. Wittmack FN‘10
Richard C. Woodbridge MN’68 (Trademark and other IP protection)

Library and Archives Committee
Chair –
Faanya Rose MI’94
Vice Chair – Gary “Doc” Hermalyn FR’75
Members
Gregory Bledsoe, M.D. MN’05
Rodney Hilton Brown MN’02
James P. Delgado, Ph.D. FN’97
Ken Kamler, M.D. FR’84
Robert Maroney AR’07
Wm. Jay Roseman MR’07
James K. Smyth MED’93
Ronnie B. Streichler MR’94
Lindley Kirksey Young FN’89
Martin Greene, M.D. FN’07 (special advisor)
Mission – The mission/purpose of this Committee is, in concert with the Curator of the Club’s Library, Archives and Artifacts, to maintain the Club library, map collection, art and artifacts and research collections.

Management Committee
Chair -
Constance Difede MN’01
Members
Julianne M. Chase, Ph.D., MED’97
Brian P. Hanson MED’84
Donald T. Morley MN’90
Mission – The Management Committee is a standing committee. Its mandate is defined by the Bylaws: Article VII: Section 4. “The Management Committee shall be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the administrative aspects of the Club operations and for facilitating the work of other Committees.”

Membership Committee
Chair -
Marc Bryan-Brown MN’95
Members
Robert S. Ashton MR’03
Capt. Norman L. Baker FN’70                          
Julianne M. Chase, Ph.D. FR’97
Lee V. Langan FN’99
Edward R. Lovett MR’00                                  
John Malone, Ph.D. MR’06                        
Kevin P. O’Brien FR’03                          
Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D. MED’99
William Jay Roseman MR’07
Douglas S. Soroka MN’06
Glenn A. Yachechak MR’98
Mission - The Membership Committee shall review all applications for members filed under the rules outlined in Article X, Sponsorship and Election Rules, make all inquiries required to ascertain the qualifications of the applicants, and file with the Board or with the Executive Committee, as may be indicated, a brief summary of the qualifications of the applicants and the Committee’s recommendations, including the class of membership to which such applicant may be elected.

Nominating Committee
Chair –
Constance Difede MN’01

Mission - The Committee shall propose and submit to the Board, no later than at a January meeting of the Board, the names of persons for election as Directors and may nominate such numbers as it deems appropriate for the vacancies which shall occur on the Board by reason of expiration of term during the ensuing year.

Publications Committee
Chair -
Lee V. Langan FN’99
Members
David A. Dolan MN’03
John Jerney MN’10
Angela M.H. Schuster FR’91
Steven R. Schwankert MI’05

Conservation Committee
Chair -
Virginia J. Michaux MN’02
Members
Elise I. Boeger MR’92
Anne L. Doubilet FR’02
David G. Gallo, Ph.D., FN’90
Alison M. Jones MR’03
Gaelin A. Rosenwaks FR’06
Carolyn Schorer MN’98
Susan D. Shaw, Dr,P.H., FN’07
John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. FR’92
Mark Terry MI’08
Delta L. Willis MR’05
Mission - The Conservation Committee of the Explorers Club is charged with increasing awareness of conservation issues within The Explorers Club, increasing conservation practices by members, highlighting members’ conservation activities, and sharing information. The Conservation Committee is also asked to increase public awareness of The Explorers Club as an organization concerned with conservation, displaying the fact that members are often active and accomplished in various areas of conservation, along with their exploration.

Science Advisory Committee
Chair -
Brian M. Boom, Ph.D., FR’95
Members
Karl L. Hutterer, Ph.D., FN’10
Jennifer Gebelein, Ph.D., MN’07
Mission - The Science Advisory Committee of The Explorers Club is charged with providing counsel to the Club’s President, other Officers, and members of the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the scientific integrity of initiatives undertaken by the Club, thereby encouraging the highest professional standards and best practices of Members in their pursuits of scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space.

Space Advisory Committee
Chair -
Leroy Chiao FN’05


Ad Hoc Committees


Artist in Exploration Committee
Chair -
Les Guthman MR'00
Members
Morton Beebe FN'78
Jon Bowermaster MN'06
Bob Hemm FR'89
Damien Leloup FI'10
Angela M.H. Schuster FR’91

Base-Field Contact Committee
Chair -
James R. Enterline FE’72

Bylaw Revision Committee
Chair –
Don Walsh, Ph.D. MED’61
Members
David G. Concannon, Esq., FN’96
Constance Difede MN’01
Brian P. Hanson MED’84

Chief of Protocol Committee (Reciprocal Clubs/Local Hospitality/Docents)
Chair -
Kathryn Pilgrim MR'09
Members
John C.D. Bruno MED’74 – Deputy/Chief of Ceremonies
Michael J. Manyak, M.D., MED’92
Carl G. Schuster FE’74
James K. Smyth MED’93
Julie M. Wallace MN’09
Mission - In accordance with the goals, mission and the by-laws of The Explorers Club, the Chief of Protocol Committee shall seek to enhance The Explorers Club membership experience so as to promote a feeling of camaraderie and a sense of esprit de corps.

Construction Committee
Chair -
Capt. Norman L. Baker FN’70
Members
(Have not received list of members)

Director Search Committee
Chair –
Robert H. Whitby MR’96
Members
Catherine Nixon Cooke MED’84
David A. Dolan MN’03
Benjamin H. Hulsey, Esq., MN’07
Rosemarie Keough FI’02
Leon V. Langan FN’99
John T. Reilly, Ph.D., MED’81
Frederick P. Selby FE’88
Mission - The special Search Committee of the Board is mandated to find and pre-screen potential candidates for future election to the Board.

Ethics and Governance Committee
Chair –
James M. Edwards, M.D., LM’97
Members
Ombudsman –
Brian P. Hanson, MED'84
Lee V. Langan, FN'99
Michele Mass, LM'09
Alan Nichols, FN'84 (ex Officio)
George Gowen, MR'96 (ex Officio)

Exploration Field Trips Committee
Co-Chairs –
Kenneth M. Kamler, M.D., FR’84 and Ian Mangiardi MR'12
Mission - President Alan Nichols has come up with the idea of a new activity for The Explorers Club that will teach outdoor skills while fostering a feeling of camaraderie and unity within our diverse and geographically separated membership. We are in the early stages of forming a committee to design three-or-four day field trips to be held twice a year in various locations. Some examples might be the Utah desert, the Adirondack Forest in New York, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Activities would range from overnight survival trips to daily sessions on outdoor skills; from ice climbing to winter hiking.

Exploration Fund Committee
Chair -
Julianne M. Chase, Ph.D. FR’97
Members
(Have not received list of members)

Explorers Products Committee
Chair –
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Exploring Legends with Jim Clash
Chair -
James M. Clash FR’99
Members
Jennifer Arnold MR'97
Robert Maroney AR'07
Stacey Severn
Trevor Wallace SM'13
Mission - A series of live chats with accomplished adventurers and explorers, about one hour in length each, with 15 minutes left afterward for audience questions. Well-known explorers will recount past achievements and discussing the present and future states of their particular exploration areas.

IT Committee
Chair -
Luis Muga MR'05
Members
Aida C. Belau MN’10
Michael F. Diggles FN’92
Col. Donald T. Morley MN’90
Christos Nicola FR’04
Robert Maroney AR'07

Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner Committee
Co-Chairs –
Kristin Larson FN'02 and Jay Kaplan MN'01
Members
(Have not received list of members)

Media Outreach Committee
Chair –
James M. Clash FR’99
Members
David A. Dolan MN’03
Lee Langan FN'99
Kristin Romey FR'05
Angela M.H. Schuster FR’91
Stacey Severn
Mission – To engage the media proactively regarding Explorers Club events and ideas, and to ensure that the Club’s overall message is cohesive, with a harder focus on exploration.

Members Dinner Committee
Chair-
Daryl W. Hawk MN’98
Members
Jeffry A. Blumenfeld MR’89
Frederick P. Selby FE’88
Mission – To bring members together 7 - 9 months a year (approx. once a month, except for December, July and August) for an evening of camaraderie and incredible presentations by some of the most important explorers in the world.

Membership Development Committee
Chair -
Robert J. Atwater LF’05
Members
Capt. Mark A. Alexander MN’10
Keith L. Cowing FN'07
Capt. Joel S. Fogel ME’73
Jason E. Paterniti MN’10
Mikael Strandberg FI’03
Synnove Marie Kvam Stromsvag MI’02
Mission – The Membership Development Committee will develop and implement strategies to recruit explorers worldwide to The Explorers Club, ensuring that the Explorers Club is represented at any great discovery now and in the future.

Members Polling Committee
Chair -
Bill Runyon MN'01

Moratorium Report Committee
Chair -
Lee V. Langan FN’99
Members
James M. Edwards, M.D., LM’97
Brian P. Hanson MED’84
John A. Hodge FN’74
Advisors:
David Concannon, J.D., FN’96
Kristin Larson, Esq., FN’02

New Members and Exploration Expo
Chair -
Doug Wyatt MR'04

Public Relations
Chair -
Bill Liss MN'13 (Counselor)

Scott Pearlman Grant Committee
Chair –
Robert E. Pearlman MED’78
Members
Morton P. Beebe FN’78
John C.D. Bruno MED’74
Anne L. Doubilet FR’02
Theodore P. Janulis MR’95
Ilana Pearlman MN’10
Peer Reviewer - Richard Ellis ME’68
Mission – Communications Grants will be awarded by a designated committee of The Explorers Club to worthy artists, writers, or photographers to provide professional support and quality documentation for Explorers Club Expeditions, such grants to be reported to and ratified by the EC Board of Directors.

Social Media Committee
Chair –
Richard Garriott MN'98
Members
Johan Ernst Nilson MI’06

Student Liaison Committee
Chair –
J. Mark Fowler Jr., MN’02
Members
Johan Ernst Nilson MI’06
Capt. David R. Olson USN (Ret.), FN’11
Barry J. O’Reilly MN’06

United Nations Committee
Moki Kokoris MN'07 - Chair & Main Representative
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Alan Nichols, J.D., D.S. FN'84 - Alternate Representative
John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. FR’92 - Alternate Representative
Parker Liautaud MI'13 - Youth Representative
Members:
Julianne M. Chase, Ph.D. FR’97
Jack Crow SM'09
George W. Gowen, Esq. MR’96
Mary Elizabeth Gray MR'97
Stefan Kindberg MN'00
Steve Nagiewicz FN'95
Milbry Polk FR'95
Eric D. Rosenfeld FE’78
Mark Terry MI’08

Youth Activity Fund Committee
Chair
- Marla D. Daily FN’08
Members
Michael J. Barrett MN’06
Briana E. Dema SM’04
Kristin Larson, Esq., FN’02
Stuart C. Ross MR’86

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