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Mark Atkins is a small business owner and native of Cottage Grove in Henry County, Tennessee, where he lives with Christie, his wife, and their five daughters. In 2004, Mark founded the Cottage Grove School, a small K-12 classical school in Cottage Grove. He also writes a column for three small Southern newspapers under the rubric Look Away.
Mark G. Brennan
Mark Brennan is a professor of business ethics at New York University.
Richard Culley, M.D.
Dr. Culley is a psychiatrist practicing in Chatham, New York.
Mary Kohler, Honorary
Mrs. Kohler has served in leadership roles at such notable conservation organizations as The Nature Conservancy, Museum of the Rockies, and the International Crane Foundation. Together with her husband, Terry, in 2009 she received the 2009 Lindbergh Award for her lifelong dedication to environmental conservation. She is vice president of Windway Foundation.
Dean Olson, Treasurer
Mr. Olson is CEO and chairman of Rockford Acromatic Products.
Thomas Pauken, Vice Chairman
Thomas Pauken is a former member and chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. A former long-term resident of Dallas, who now resides in the resort community of Port Aransas in Nueces County on the Texas Gulf Coast, Pauken is a businessman, lawyer, and the author of two books. He served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1994 to 1997 during the transition period when the party leaped quickly from minority to majority status at the statewide level. A staunch conservative, Pauken also served on President Ronald W. Reagan's White House staff.
Raymond J. Welder III, Chairman
Mr. Welder, a practicing geologist, is president of Welder Exploration and Production Inc., a privately held oil and gas company based in San Antonio, Texas, that operates chiefly in the Southern and Coastal Bend regions of Texas. Mr. Welder is a descendent of one of South Texas's oldest families, which helps to explain his passion for and in-depth knowledge of the history of the region. He remembers fondly his parents throwing him birthday parties at the Presidio in Goliad when he was a boy. He has been a Chronicles reader since his undergraduate days at Washington and Lee. "I was struck," he says," by Chronicles' strong writing and diligent reasoning. I have not missed an issue since." On joining the Institute Board, Welder declared, "I am honored to join in the efforts of The Rockford Institute. I have admired its work for many years, and consider it a great privilege to help in any way I can."
Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, two-term U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland for nearly five years (1981-83; 1985-88) and member of the Senior White House Staff (1983-85), currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation in New York, an organization for which she served as President and Chairman for nearly 20 years (1989-2008). She is a former assistant U.S. Attorney and member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. The recipient of many awards including four honorary doctorates, she is a long-time member of the Council of American Ambassadors and numerous other organizations, professional and private. In addition, she currently serves on the Board of Schindler Elevator Corporation in the U.S. A book about her career, Backwards in High Heels, by Prof. Thomas Carty of Springfield College (Massachusetts), was published in late 2012.
Thomas Piatak, President
Cindy J. Link, Assistant Treasurer