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Executive Management
Ted Townsend Ted Townsend
Ted Townsend is president of Townsend Vision, a private investment company, and formerly owner of Townsend Engineering, a leading inventor, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of proprietary food-processing equipment. Actively engaged in philanthropy for over 30 years, Ted is the founder and visionary for three complementary institutions focused on enhanced learning: Earthpark, Great Ape Trust of Iowa (, and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy ( Having traveled the world from an early age, Ted now serves on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa and Rancho Mirage, California.
David Oman David Oman
Vice President
David brings three decades of extensive public and private sector management experience to Earthpark. Earlier in his career, David served as Chief of Staff to two former Iowa Governors, the Hon. Robert D. Ray and the Hon. Terry Branstad. He also served as chairman of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s bipartisan 2010 Strategic Planning Council. From 1985 to 2001, David was a media and entertainment executive with TCI and AT&T during the companies’ launch into broadband services. David has served on numerous boards including the C-SPAN Network, Iowa Health Systems, and the University of Northern Iowa Foundation.
Key Education Advisors
Ben Beck Dr. Ben Beck
Conservation Programming
A noted scientist and widely published author, Ben is Director of Conservation for Great Ape Trust of Iowa. He also directs the Gishwati Area Conservation Program, which is creating the first national conservation park in Rwanda. A comparative psychologist by training, Ben was a research curator at Chicago’s Brookfield zoo for more than a decade
and later associate director and curator of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for another 20 years. During that latter period he served on the negotiating committee that brought giant pandas to the zoo from China. Ben also coordinated the successful reintroduction of golden lion tamarins into the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. He serves as an adviser to numerous conservation organizations, including the AZAs Reintroduction Advisory Group.
David Campbell Dr. David Campbell
Science Programming
David is an award winning scientist, teacher and celebrated author. He began his professional career in the West Indies, as Director of the Bahamas National Trust for the Conservation of Wildlife and as a consultant for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in Switzerland. After earning a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, David joined the scientific staff of the New York Botanical Garden, spending eight years in the field in the Brazilian Amazon conducting research on the biogeography of trees. In 1987 David joined the sixth Brazilian expedition to Antarctica, studying the life cycles and pathologies of the invertebrate parasites of crustaceans, fish and seals. A tropical biologist, Dr. Campbell is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations and the Global Environment at Grinnell College.
Anna Roosevelt Dr. Anna Roosevelt
Cultural Programming
A Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1994, Anna researches human prehistory and land use sustainability in tropical forest Amazonia and the Congo. She has published six books and more than 85 articles in such publications as Science, Nature, and Harvard U. and Cambridge University presses. For her research, Anna has received multiple awards including a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Geographic Society. Anna has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations for the advancement of science, education, human rights, cultural and historic preservation, and environmental conservation.
Mary Schon Dr. Mary Schon
Curriculum Programming
Dr. Mary Schon, of the Krell Institute, brings 17 years of experience at Epcot® Walt Disney World, where she developed entertaining, engaging and relevant science programming for Epcot® guests of all ages. Mary's curriculum programming role at Earthpark is an extension of that important work, including partnering with K-12 educators to identify and promote high efficacy, inquiry-based and nature driven STEM educational experiences. Mary holds a masters degree in biology and a Ph.D. in agronomy.
Design Team
Andrew Whalley Andrew Whalley
Managing Architect

Andrew Whalley (AIA, RIBA, FRSA) leads Grimshaw’s New York office where he oversees all projects in the Americas as well as other select projects around the globe. A native of the UK, Andrew has been an instrumental part of Grimshaw’s growing worldwide practice since its earliest days. He has been partner-in-charge of projects serving many diverse sectors, including education, performing arts, transportation and the workplace. Andrew’s award-winning projects include the International Terminal at Waterloo, the redevelopment of historic Paddington Station in London, and the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Andrew regularly contributes to lecture programs and publications worldwide and acts as the sustainability columnist for Architecture Magazine.
Vincent Chang Vincent Chang
Managing Architect

Vincent joined Grimshaw’s London office in 1996 and was responsible for establishing the practice’s New York office. His award-winning projects include the Eden Project in Cornwall, the masterplan for Waterloo International Terminal, and the redevelopment of Paddington Station in London. In the US, Vincent led the firm’s first American commissions, including the competition-winning schematic design for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Vincent is now Principal-in-Charge of New York City Transit’s Fulton Street Transit Center in
Lower Manhattan. His lecture credits include various seminars and symposia for institutions such as the AIA and RIBA.
David Burke David P. Burke, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect

A senior architect at Grimshaw, David Burke has a long history of developing inventive structures, including the Athletes' Pavilion at the 1996 Olympic Games and a traveling exhibition for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development's Earth Summit 3. At Grimshaw he has had primary roles on the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and the Fulton Street Transit Center. He regularly lectures and contributes to academic institutions nationwide.
Additional Design Team
Exhibit Design
Frank Zaremba Frank Zaremba
Frank is a founding partner and principal of the firm with a broad range of experience in architecture, graphic design, exhibit design, and content development. Blending his love of history and nature with his strength in design has positioned Frank as one of the foremost leaders in the field of exhibit planning and design. Throughout his career,
and at the core of the firm’s philosophy, Frank continues to work on all phases of his projects, from their conceptual beginnings through to their final installation and completion. Prior to founding Lyons/Zaremba Inc., Frank worked for fourteen years with Cambridge Seven Associates where he was a principal from 1978 to 1987. Previous to that, Frank was an architect with Huygens and Tappe, Inc., Boston, MA.
Steve Lenox Steve Lenox
Steve is a principal at Lyons/Zaremba Inc. with an impressive background in exhibit planning and design, project management, and museum operations. Known throughout the industry for his work, Steve blends his concern for the “visitor experience” with the demands for aesthetic and technical excellence. Prior to joining the firm in 1997,
Steve worked for ten years with Joseph A. Wetzel Associates, Inc. (JAWA) where he was an exhibit designer, 1987-90;associate, 1990-93; and vice president and principal, 1993-97. Steve also worked five years at the New England Aquarium, Boston, where he was an exhibit designer, 1982-85; and curator of exhibits and graphics, 1985-87.
Additionally, Steve worked for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was the assistant director of exhibitions, 1977-81; and director of exhibitions, 1981-82.
Energy & Life Support Systems
David Callan David P. Callan, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Director of Sustainable Design & Energy Systems

As Syska’s Director of Sustainable Design and High Performance Building Technology, David Callan serves as Earthpark’s sustainable design and alternative energy systems engineer. Callan has experience in the design and analysis of building systems and energy saving measures for projects in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council, National Capitol Region and consults for the U.S. General Services Administration.
Michael Rozenblum Michael Rozenblum, P.E.
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Director of Life Support Systems

As a Principal-In-Charge and Director of Aquatic Life Support Systems at Syska Hennessy, Michael has twenty years of experience in the design of aquariums and aquatic life support systems. He has led his team on more than 30 aquarium
projects of all sizes ranging from the new $290 million Georgia Aquarium to the 20,000 square foot National Marine Life Science Center.
Horticultural Planning
Rob Halpern Rob Halpern
Zoo Horticulture Consulting & Design
Landscape Design

Rob Halpern has been a leader in zoo landscape design since 1993. Since founding Zoo Horticulture Consulting & Design in 2001, he has worked with zoos, science centers and aquariums throughout the United States (from Miami to San Francisco, Minnesota to Dallas) and in Europe. His landscapes, design concepts and exhibit content development for the Bronx Zoo's Butterfly Zone and the Congo Gorilla Forest helped win the AZA's Exhibit Award in 1997 and again in 2000. Rob was awarded a Longwood Fellowship in Public Horticulture in 1984 and received a Master of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Delaware in 1986. As horticulturist for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (1987-1992) and Curator of Horticulture at the Bronx Zoo (1993-2000), he was responsible for all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscape design for grounds and exhibits.
Structural Engineering
Aine Brazil Aine Brazil
Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers
Managing Principal/SVP

Aine is a Managing Principal of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc with 28 years of experience.  Among Aine’s list of accomplishments is leading structural engineering teams in delivering more than three million square feet of office development in Times Square – all in the last ten years. Other notable projects include the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, the New York Presbyterian Hospital Greenberg, and the tallest buildings in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2006, Aine was one of the top 20 women honored by Development New York in 2006. She has authored numerous technical papers and lectured in Universities throughout the country including Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia universities. Aine holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University College in Galway, Ireland and a M.S. degree in Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.
Financial Modeling
Jon Berger Jon Berger
Navigant Capital Advisors
Investment Banking Advisor

Jonathan serves as a Managing Director and Practice Co-Head of Navigant Capital Advisors, the Corporate Finance practice group of Navigant Consulting, Inc. As Co-Head of Navigant Capital Advisors, Jon oversees activities for all practice areas including the Investment Banking, Restructuring, Valuation and Lender Services advisory group. In the area of Corporate Finance, Jon provides senior level deal experience to middle market clients. He assists clients in executing mergers& acquisitions, raising private equity and other debt instruments, and strategic advisory assignments.
Larry Hudspeth Larry Hudspeth
Larry Hudspeth Consulting Services
A graduate of UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, Larry Hudspeth has held key leadership positions with not-for-profit organizations including the Long Beach Aquarium Project and UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. With a successful track record in finance and administration, Hudspeth has developed business plans and strategies that offer practical solutions for a multitude of organizations operating in our complex world.