Chris Bradford, Pace Ellsworth, Ben Blair, Shane Pittson Elected to Board of Directors
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The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 director election. Each year, terms expire for three of the nine seats on the board of directors. This year, the seats occupied by Chris Bradford, Nathan Hatfield, and Joseph West expired. Dor Deasy has opted to resign with one remaining year. The Association thanks Chris, Nathan, Joseph, and Dor for the leadership and service they've provided.
Blaire Ostler, CEO and director, said, “I have really appreciated the unique perspectives of Chris, Nathan, Joseph, and Dor. It’s been an honor to serve with them. While I’m sad to see Nathan, Joseph, and Dor move on, I’m also really excited about the new directors.”
Voting members of the Association have elected Chris Bradford, Pace Ellsworth, and Ben Blair to serve as directors for the 2017 to 2020 term. Voting members elected Shane Pittson to serve from 2017 to 2018, the remaining year of the fourth director position.
Chris Bradford was born in Utah, but soon moved to Washington DC and then overseas for his father's employment. He has lived in Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Pakistan and Italy, where he served an LDS mission. A self-taught programmer, he manages social & mobile development at Ancestry.com. He has a degree from Brigham Young University in linguistics. Chris and wife Lucy have five sons and three daughters. Chris is passionate about science, technology, religion, philosophy, and the performing arts.
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Pace Ellsworth lives with his wife and 3 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.
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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.
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Shane Pittson is a San Francisco native now living in Brooklyn. After studying Information Systems as a Crocker Fellow at BYU, he began work as first employee and Head of Marketing at quip, an e-commerce company in the CPG and Health industries. He has previously served as an LDS missionary in France and Switzerland, and as judge for the World Beard and Mustache Competition. Shane enjoys biking around NYC in pursuit of the best cheese, events and rooftop views.
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Information about all directors of the association is available here: [https://transfigurism.org/about/board-of-directors]