BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ben Blair is a co-founder of Teachur. He holds MA and PhD degrees in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has spent several years teaching courses in foundations of education at the college and graduate level. He spent much of the last 20 years evaluating, developing, and aligning curriculum across a range of disciplines, including five years as Director of specialized curriculum with K12.com, a leading provider of online education. Ben resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and 6 kids.
Blaire Ostler is a philosopher specialized in queer studies, and is a leading voice at the intersection of queer, Mormon, and transhumanist thought. She is an author publishing her first book, “Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction.” She is a board member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the Christian Transhumanist Association, and Sunstone.
Caleb Jones is a husband, father, programmer, and member of the LDS Church. He has a Computer Science degree from BYU. He is passionate about science and religion; a critic of rigidity, he enjoys exploring the strengths and limits of both, and sees the two as necessary and complementary in constructing enlightening, inspirational narratives. He is influenced by futurists like Freeman Dyson and Peter Diamandis, and Mormons like James E. Talmage and Neal A. Maxwell.
Connie Packer is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She works in clinical settings and writes about emerging research on nutrigenomics, nootropics, and geroprotectors for human enhancement. She holds a MS in Nutritional Science from Brigham Young University. Connie embraces a positive view of new technologies and looks for opportunities to share that enthusiasm with younger generations.
Leonard Reil is a professional diplomat, specializing in defense and security issues in Eurasia. A perpetually-late adopter of technologies, and a traditionalist by nature, he has long been inspired by visions of the future inherent in Mormonism, and the hope and responsibility that the transhumanist approach brings in its potentiality. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Leonard has also lived in the USA, the UK, France, Taiwan and India, and speaks French and Mandarin, in addition to his native English. Leonard served as a missionary in southern France, and he has held various lay positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Sunday School President, Elders Quorum President, Ward Mission Leader, Seminary Instructor, and Stake High Councilor. He and his wife Jennifer are the parents of three daughters and four sons.
Lincoln Cannon is a technologist and philosopher, and leading advocate of technological evolution and postsecular religion. He is a founder, board member, and former president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. He is a founder and board member of the Christian Transhumanist Association. And he formulated the New God Argument, a logical argument for faith in God that is popular among religious Transhumanists. Lincoln is CEO at Thrivous, the human enhancement company. He holds degrees in business administration and philosophy. He is married with Dorothée Vankrieckenge, and they have three children.
Pace Ellsworth lives with his wife and three awesome kids in Mesa, AZ. Pace is a self-described 'anarcho-transfigurist,' focusing on the power of technology and empathy to free humanity from harmful expressions of authority. As CEO of Heleum, Pace helps people use currency exchange automation to grow their savings. Pace has a BA in Linguistics, minoring in Spanish and Computational Linguistics, with a love for people, languages, markets, future tech, and religious thought.
Wendy Smith holds a BA in Economics and has built her career as a Mortgage Broker over the past 12 years. She is passionate about human rights and advancement, and is active in local politics and her community. Wendy loves travel, the outdoors and co-parenting freethinkers with her husband, Chad. Together they reside in Draper, Utah with their two daughters, Kathryn and Olivia, who attend a French Dual-Immersion school.