Craighead Institute Board of Directors
John is among the world’s most renowned wildlife artists. His award-winning original paintings are owned and exhibited by noteworthy organizations and museums across the globe. His life and work have been featured in countless international publications, including Africa Geographic, Wildlife Art, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, the Artist’s Magazine, Sporting Classics, Cowboy and Indians, and many others, as well as on various television programs aired on the Outdoor Channel, Entertainment Tonight, Versus and PBS. When not in Africa following the tracks of lions or in the mountains of north America searching for the next wildlife encounter, he can be found painting in his studios in Livingston, Montana, and Carnation, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Amy and daughter, Siana. www.johnbanovich.com
Charles Stevens Craighead
Charlie has worked in a variety of media with wildlife as a primary focus. He has filmed and assisted on a number of films with Wolfgang Bayer Productions, the BBC, Nature, PBS, and others. He has authored several books including “Living with Wildlife on Private Land” and is currently working on other books and developing film ideas for Craighead projects. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Management.
Tom works with Ventana Systems, where he develops software and consulting methods that help people to understand complex systems and make robust decisions. With Climate Interactive, he developed the C-ROADS simulator, a simple, widely-used model that connects country emissions commitments to future climate projections. He has done extensive energy-economic modeling, bringing together industry, governments, and environmental organizations. He has also build models for residential real estate mass appraisal, STEM workforce dynamics, B2B e-market strategy, commodity cycles, and marketing science. Tom is the Chairman of the Bridger Canyon Property Owners’ Association, working on land use issues and zoning in the Bridger/Bangtail region.
Gary is a lifelong entrepreneur, now focused exclusively on helping to solve complex global challenges. He works as International Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme, is co-founder of Visual Life Web, and Advisor to Gaia Metrics. Gary is working to promote a framework called wealth accounting that values the social, environmental, and economic factors that contribute to sustainable well being.
Scott is an architect and principal of Architecture118 where he actively collaborates with contractors and builders to provide practical solutions with the greatest value. He graduated from North Dakota State University and moved west shortly thereafter to enjoy the outdoor activities that the region provides. He resides in Bozeman, Mont., with his wife and daughter and continues to challenge himself on the nation’s highest peaks.
Ted is a Multi-Modal Planner with Current Transportation Solutions, a Montana-based firm that provides transit consulting services for rural areas and small cities. Ted’s background includes eight years with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust where he worked on conservation planning, private land conservation, GIS mapping and a wide range of community trails and parks projects. He moved to Montana after graduating from Williams College, starting his career working on conservation and family farm advocacy and grassroots organizing during nine years as Communications Coordinator and lobbyist with the Northern Plains Resource Council.
Kent is the Vice-President and Director of Boojum Expeditions, Inc. and Honorary Consul of Mongolia for Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. He is the founder of the Boojum Charitable Fund, a non-profit supporting social projects in Mongolia. He also serves on the board of the Montana Center for International Visitors.
Eldon J. Spencer, Jr.
Eldon is a named shareholder in the Minneapolis law firm of Leonard, O'Brien, Spencer, Gale & Sayre, Ltd. He graduated from Carleton College (Magna Cum Laude) in 1969; University of California Berkley (MA in Economics/Forestry) in 1971 and Harvard Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1974. His major areas of interest include Real Estate/Environmental Law. A former NCAA All-American freestyle wrestler and U.S. Finals Olympic Participation, "Eldie" is also an adjunct professor of law at both Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, and a former Chair of the Bloomington, Minnesota Planning Commission.
Tony is a conservation biologist who operates his family’s Willow Lake Farm in Windom, Minn., where he raises corn and soybeans, and manages a large expanse (250 acres) of native prairie for seed harvest. He also oversees a practical, farm-based program for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota in sustainable agriculture and actively works to preserve wildlife habitat and movement corridors in his region.