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Griffith Observatory Foundation

Board of Directors

Griffith Observatory Foundation’s Board of Directors is committed to supporting and promoting Griffith Observatory as a strong community centerpiece of science literacy, education, and public astronomy.

Board Officers

David Primes

David Primes

Chair

A frequent lecturer and consultant on computer topics and accounting technology, Primes is a member of numerous professional associations. He formerly chaired the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and the Education Foundation of the California Society of CPAs.

Grady Smith

President

Grady has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Griffith Observatory. His first view through a telescope was of Saturn, through the Observatory’s Zeiss refractor – and he was hooked. During a subsequent childhood spent behind the eyepiece of a telescope, living both in LA and in the mountains near Yosemite, he would frequently call the Observatory’s staff to ask questions and would anxiously await the arrival of the Griffith Observer.

Dr. Eve Haberfield

Vice President

A drive to make science accessible to the public and a passion to increase science literacy has motivated Eve Haberfield throughout her career. Dr. Haberfield served as the Director of Humanities, Sciences and Health Sciences at UCLA Extension where she provided academic and administrative leadership for over 800 courses each year.

Ethan Eller

Treasurer

Ethan Eller has lived his entire life in and around the Pasadena area, and he still remembers taking a field trip with his elementary school class to Griffith Observatory. His father worked at JPL in the 50s, and instilled a lifelong love of science, science fiction, and astronomy into his son.

Patricia Casado

Patricia Casado

Secretary

Like most Angelenos, I am proud of the Observatory being a part of our southern California landscape. I saw the true beauty of the Observatory, the ability to capture the minds and spirits of young people, no matter what their race, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Board Members

André Bormanis

André Bormanis

Board Member

Mr. Bormanis is a writer, consultant, and television producer, currently serving as a writer and co-executive producer of the Fox / Hulu television series, The Orville.  He was also a writer and consulting producer on the latest season of the Fox / National Geographic television series Cosmos, based on the award-wining PBS series created by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

Terri Bloomgarden

Board Member

Having a mid-August birthday gives me a gift each year with the Perseid meteor shower. Through the years I have shared this gift with family and dozens of friends. Taking people to remote places or even to our yard to observe this event encouraged many of them to take an interest in the universe. I want to be part of the effort to help others become aware of the worlds above us.

Christina Del Villar

Board Member

Christina Del Villar is a Silicon Valley marketing executive and go-to-market veteran who enjoys helping companies transform, grow, and scale. With twenty-five years of executive-level marketing experience at Fortune 100 companies and more than 15 startups, Christina has worked alongside some of tech’s best and brightest.

Alan Kaye

Dr. Alan Kaye

Board Member

Alan has been fascinated with astronomy since he was a child. Growing up in New York, he spent hours at the Hayden Planetarium telling everyone he was going to be an astronomer! Although his career ultimately took another path, that of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, his love of astronomy never waned. He was fortunate to visit many planetariums throughout the U.S. over the years, and is honored to have friends at JPL and NASA.

Danish Khan

Danish Khan

Board Member

Danish pioneers change and serves others. With a background in management consulting and entrepreneurship, he brings the unique skill of strategy to reality. He has also long led efforts for diversity, equity, and inclusion both in industry and society.

Tricia Nelson

Board Member

Tricia Nelson is a writer, editor, digital producer, multiplatform storyteller, and proud 24+-year Los Angeles resident. From her earliest childhood visits to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, she’s been inspired by the beauty, mystery, and possibilities of the cosmos, and her enthusiasm for everything the Griffith Observatory represents knows no bounds.

Lowell Orren

Lowell Orren

Board Member

Lowell Orren believes strongly in Griffith Observatory Foundation’s mission to support Griffith Observatory and astronomy education. He is honored to serve on the Board and work with Griffith Observatory Foundation to further the intellectual and cultural life of southern California.

Arnold Seidel

Arnold Seidel

Board Member

Seidel is a long-time Observatory fan. Bringing all the necessary players together in the best interests of the facility during the renovation was important for success, he believes. “The Griffith Observatory Foundation board, the Observatory staff and the City of Los Angeles have worked together to make sure everything done has been done with quality.”

Vicke Selk

Vicke Selk

Board Member

Vicke Selk credits synergy with bringing her to the Griffith Observatory Foundation board. She and her husband John had just become interested in amateur astronomy and with the purchase of a telescope were beginning to become acquainted with the night sky, when she was asked to meet with Griffith Observatory personnel to discuss the upcoming Observatory renovation and expansion project that was in the early stages of development.

Rich Semler

Rich Semler

Board Member

Rich Semler has been a Board Member of Griffith Observatory Foundation since 2013, and served as Griffith Observatory Foundation President from 2016 through 2018, after serving as Vice President in 2014 and 2015. He has also been an Executive Producer for Signs of Life since 2016.

McKinley Tennyson

McKinley Tennyson

Board Member

McKinley Tennyson is a Vice President of MUFG Union Bank’s Commercial Banking team in Los Angeles. He has served both private and publicly held companies across several industries, including: financial services, technology, manufacturing, real estate, and nonprofit.

Charles Wilmot

Charles Wilmot

Board Member

Charles Wilmot has been a banking professional for more than 20 years and currently serves as a senior vice president and group lead in the commercial bank with Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Wilmot spent 10 years with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi / BTMU Securities and Union Bank (all members of MUFG, a global financial services firm) in corporate and capital market banking.

Foundation Staff

Ann Marie Bedtke

Executive Director

Troy Powers

Director of Finance and Administrative Services

Nikki Gordon

Membership and Communications Manager