Mr. John Gillis, Co-Founder and Principal, Vision Systems
John Gillis lives in San Diego and serves the Foundation as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is principal and co-founder of Vision Systems, an industry leader in the design, engineering, development, fabrication and installation of specialized architectural systems for clients ranging from international corporations to municipalities, hospitals, universities and the United States Department of Defense. His purpose for the Foundation lies in its power to reinvigorate a transcendental American culture for present and future generations.
Mr. Edmond Krafchow, Chairman and Principal, Mason-McDuffie
Mr. Krafchow lives in San Francisco and serves the Foundation as Director. He is principal and chairman of Mason-McDuffie, the oldest and among the most distinguished privately held real estate concerns in the western United States. A lifelong student of ancient Middle Eastern languages and culture, Mr. Krafchow has been an intimate of the Innermost House experiment since 2005, and has a deep understanding of its promise and its challenges. He guides the Foundation in all matters of direction and growth, particularly at the margins practical possibility.
Ms. Melinda Levin, Professor of Documentary Studies, University of N. Texas
Melinda Levin lives in Denton, Texas, and serves the Foundation as Director. Ms. Levin is Professor of Documentary Media, past Department Chair and present Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Production and Studies at the University of North Texas. She is also director, producer, cinematographer and editor of many award-winning documentary films, specializing in environmental and cultural subjects. Ms. Levin guides the Foundation in its centrally important program of virtual outreach, particularly through the medium of photography and documentary film.
Mr. Sean Skelley, President, Best Buy International, Retired
Mr. Skelley lives in Washington DC and serves the Foundation as Director. He is past President of Best Buy International, the world's largest electronics retailer, where he developed the Geek Squad into an icon of the computer age. Mr. Skelley has been a regular participant in the Innermost House Conversation for many years, and was variously involved in the development of its several prototypes. He speaks for the longevity of the project over decades, its durability and adaptability, and its capacity to liberate individuals from ordinary circumstances with an extraordinary ideal.
Mr. Robert Wolf, CEO, MMRE Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
Mr. Wolf lives in Orinda, California, and serves the Foundation as Director. He is Chief Executive Officer of Better Homes and Gardens/Mason McDuffie Real Estate, and founder of Greenlight Technologies, a pioneer in predictive analytics. Mr. Wolf has previously founded, developed and sold numerous companies in the fields of predictive analytics and marketing technology, in which he holds a wide variety of patents. Mr. Wolf guides the Foundation in the challenge of communicating an authentic message of transcendental possibility to modern audiences.
Mr. Michael Lorence, President and Director, Innermost House Foundation
Michael Lorence lives in San Francisco. He has been reading the American founding documents, the writers of the American Renaissance, and classical literature more largely with leaders of industry for thirty years, serving as a guide to educated readers who have chosen to pursue careers in industry and the professions rather than scholarship. He is the creator of the Innermost House conversation as an experimental association of leaders seeking to transcend the boundaries of specialized knowledge and practice through contemplative discourse.
Mr. Bradley Clayton, Founder and Principal, Clayton & Company Consulting
Brad Clayton lives in Mesa, Arizona, and serves the Foundation as Treasurer. Mr. Clayton is Founder of Clayton & Company, a mergers and acquisitions firm with a wide experience in industries from insurance to technology to real estate. He is also founder of his own radio talk show on entrepreneurship, and holds degrees from Brigham Young University and the W. P. Carey School of Business. Mr. Clayton understands the work of the Foundation to represent a renewal of fundamental principles, universal in application, suited to the needs of our cosmopolitan world.
Mr. Mark Lorence, General Counsel, Edgecombe College