The Visions of Tomorrow Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation focused on building awareness of scientific and spiritual solutions that address the world’s biggest problems through television, motion pictures, photography, the web, blogs, books and other educational media. The foundation’s first project is a documantary film, now in development, that is designed to spread a global sense of community, hope and compassion.
Roger Ressmeyer, President and Chairman
An industry veteran, Ressmeyer has held senior management positions at both Getty Images and Corbis Corp., Bill Gates’ privately-owned image archive. Prior to these corporate positions, Ressmeyer was a National Geographic and Time/Life assignment photographer specializing in space, high tech, medicine and the physical sciences.
Ressmeyer is a graduate of Yale University and a winner of first place POY (Pictures of the Year) and World Press Photo awards. He is the author of several books including Space Places and Astronaut to Zodiac, and was the editor of ORBIT — NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth, which he co-produced with lead author Jay Apt. You can view a selection of Ressmeyer’s past work at ressmeyer.com.
Bradford A Smith, Vice President
Bradford A. Smith holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Astronomy. He has served as an Associate Professor of Astronomy at New Mexico State University, Professor of Planetary Sciences and Astronomy at the University of Arizona, and Research Astronomer at the University of Hawaii.
Through his interest in Solar System astronomy, he has participated as a team member or imaging team leader on several US and international space missions, including Mars Mariners 6, 7 and 9, Viking, Voyager, and the Soviet Vega and Phobos missions. More recently, Smith’s interests have turned to extrasolar planetary systems, working as a member of the Hubble Space Telescope’s NICMOS experiment.
He has four times been awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Smith is a member of the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and is Chair of the Task Group for Mars Nomenclature. He is now semi-retired but remains active in his IAU nomenclature responsibilities and as a writer of astronomy text books.
Jay Apt, Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Jay Apt is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He is also the Director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center.
Formerly a NASA astronaut, he has spent more than 847 hours in space on four Space Shuttle missions, and performed two space walks. He has been to the Russian space station Mir, and is the recipient of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.
An award-winning photographer, Apt shares his images and knowledge of the Earth in ORBIT — NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth, edited by Roger Ressmeyer and published by the National Geographic Society in 1996. The book has been printed in eleven languages; more than 600,000 copies are in print.
Dr. Apt graduated from Harvard in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He completed his doctoral work in experimental atomic physics at MIT and in 1976 joined the Center for Earth and Planetary Physics at Harvard, studying the weather on Venus. He later directed the observatory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, and worked in NASA’s mission control center in Houston.
Our Core Team
Andrew Revkin, Science Advisor & Researcher
Andrew Revkin has been writing about environmental sustainability for more than three decades, from the Amazon to the White House to the North Pole, mainly for The New York Times. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. As the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, he teaches courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary film.
He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin speaks to audiences around the world about paths to progress on a turbulent planet. He is also a performing songwriter, and was a longtime accompanist for Pete Seeger. Two films have been based on his work: Rock Star (Warner Brothers, 2001) and The Burning Season (HBO, 1994).
Jeffrey Brandstetter, Project Counsel & Entertainment Industry Advisor
Jeffrey Brandstetter is a veteran entertainment and intellectual property attorney with over 23 years’ experience in film, TV, music, literary, new media and entertainment financing matters. He is the co-author of The Music Business (Explained in Plain English), and has been published in multiple national publications, including Entertainment & Sports Lawyer and the Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts Handbook. Jeff is a frequent speaker/moderator on entertainment matters (TV, radio, webcast and live panel/seminar appearances), and is a panel attorney/lecturer for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), Global Film Network (GFN), and the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF).
He also serves as an expert witness in entertainment law matters, has taught intellectual property as an adjunct instructor at Golden Gate University, and has served as pro bono counsel for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Jeff has extensive film and TV credits, including (partial list): Straight Outta Hunters Point (Executive Producer); The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original, prequel and sequel); Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story (USA Network); Make Me Laugh (Comedy Central); Smash Lab (Discovery Channel); Teknolust (Tilda Swinton); Happily, Even After; Confessions Of A Burning Man; Her Minor Thing (Jason Behr, Marina Black and Fay Masterson); Obstacles (E-40); Tech Closeup (nationally syndicated TV series). Jeff is also the CEO/Co-Founder of IndiePlaya, the game-changing online film distribution platform that optimizes direct-to-fan distribution and marketing of independent film.
Lance Rosen, Entertainment Attorney / Producer
Lance Seth Rosen started his legal career as an entertainment law attorney in Los Angeles at the Proskauer Rose firm and went on to serve as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for The Disney Channel. In 1992 he established the first full time entertainment law practice in Seattle. Mr. Rosen has been actively engaged in dozens of motion pictures, mostly as business and legal counsel and occasionally in the capacity as a producer.
Prior to becoming a lawyer he was a professional actor. In addition to his television, film and stage credits, he co-founded two regional theatre companies, where he produced, directed and performed in many plays. Mr. Rosen has served as an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Seattle University Law School, and has taught entertainment business classes at the University of Washington and Seattle Central Community College. He has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle International Film Fest Festival, Northwest Film Forum and the ACLU of Washington. A graduate of Ohio’s Antioch College and of UCLA Law School, Mr. Rosen is a member of the bar in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Kelli is CEO of The All Access Group LLC based in Cupertino, CA. She’s an industry visionary and innovator with deep expertise in digital distribution, new revenue models, celebrity wrangling, branded content and social engagement. Kelli served at Apple for 10 years, was at EMI Music previously, and helped to birth the digital music and entertainment space. She has since been working with disruptive, innovative start-ups and F100 companies in tech and entertainment alike as a strategic business development consultant, mentor, trusted advisor and change agent in the convergence of technology and entertainment for over 15 years.
Kelli is also actively involved in capital raise efforts for start-ups & complex projects alike, and she sees a broad range of deal flow on a weekly basis. Her coaching clients include tech geniuses and innovators as well as rock stars and entertainers. She is also a published author, thought leader, talent producer, and the host of a popular online radio show.
Retired astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar logged more than 1,208 hours in space on five Space Shuttle missions, two of them to the Russian Space Station, MIR. Following her flight career, she served for seven years in NASA’s Senior Executive Service where her assignments included two tours as an executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. At NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, she was Assistant Center Director, Assistant Director of the Mission Operations Directorate and Deputy Director for Biotechnology Research.
From 2005 to 2010, Dunbar served as President and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle where she oversaw expansion of the Museum’s collections and exhibit space to include a space gallery with the retired Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer, and the acceptance of the Museum as a Smithsonian Affiliate. She strengthened and expanded STEM educational programs, and developed a partnership to build a new Aviation STEM High School on the Museum campus. She currently consults on a variety of topics including STEM education, non-profit governance, and space flight research and operations.
Dunbar has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in engineering from the University of Washington and the University of Houston, and graduated from the Harvard School for Senior Executives in Government. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. is a clinical pastoral counselor with over 40 years of experience as a therapist, educator, clinical trainer, author, and public lecturer and has received many awards for his work with couples. He and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt co-created Imago Relationship Therapy, a therapy for couples now practiced by over 2400 certified therapists in 30 countries. This global network of Imago therapists is overseen by Imago Relationships International, where Harville is a leading voice on the board and within the international faculty. He and Helen have authored ten books on intimate relationships and parenting, including Harville’s New York Times bestseller Getting the Love You Want, which has sold over two million copies and been published into 60 languages.
Referred to by Oprah Winfrey as the “Marriage Whisperer”, Harville has been featured on the Oprah show 18 times winning Oprah her first Emmy for “most socially redemptive” daytime talk show. He was also included by Ms. Winfrey in her top twenty shows. Harville has been featured on many other television talk shows and in countless magazine and newspapers articles worldwide and is a dynamic and sought after lecturer. For the past 4 years, Harville has had a passion to help ignite a global movement to educate our culture about the value of healthy intimate relationships. Harville and Helen have been married 30 years, have 6 children and 5 grandchildren and live in New York City. For more information, please visit HarvilleHendrix.com.
Dee Dickinson is the retired CEO and founder of New Horizons for Learning, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) education network based in Seattle and on the Internet at newhorizons.org . The website has received up to nine million hits a month, and is now operated by Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate School of Education.
She has also been a school administrator and has taught on all levels, from elementary through university. As an internationally recognized speaker and author, she produced educational television series and nine international conferences on education. Dickinson has been a consultant to colleges, universities and corporations including Motorola, IBM, Microsoft and Disney Interactive.
She’s served on numerous boards, including George Lucas’ Educational Foundation, the Whitehouse Task Force on Learning, the UW College of Education, The Institute for Research on Learning, the Learning Forum/SuperCamp, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, the European Lifespan Learning Initiative, and KCTS-TV. She received the Maverick Award by the Washington Governor’s Leadership Institute, the Leadership Award by the Citizens Education Center, and the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award for Community Service.
Judy Pigott is the co-founder and author of Personal Safety Nets®. She is noted for her experiences in mediating, teaching, facilitating, parenting, volunteering and advocating for communities. Judy has worked as board chair, trustee, committee chair, and consultant for non-profit organizations including Camp Brotherhood, The Satterberg Foundation, Seattle Prep, the ArtsWest Theater & Gallery, and Seattle BioMed. She has worked in classrooms, offices, and hospitals. Judy is committed to celebrating and supporting communities that nurture their members’ physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in education from Columbia University, Judy went on to receive a Post-Master’s certificate in English as a Second Language from Seattle University.
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who’s founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 450,000 members from over 185 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret.
Today Mike is perhaps best known for his free Notes from the Universe emailings and his New York Times bestsellers Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic as well as Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things! Mike lives what he teaches, traveling internationally to 28 countries while speaking on life, dreams, and happiness. Find out more at tut.com.
Melissa Milburn is a global communications strategist who has worked in public relations, community relations, public affairs and television news broadcasting for media networks, and social networks and international organizations. From 2007 to 2013, she served as press secretary for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed the national and international media relations group for both the foundation, and its leadership team.
Melissa also has 12 years of television broadcasting experience anchoring, producing, reporting, writing, and editing for network affiliates representing ABC, NBC, and CBS. She has worked with Waggener Edstrom, one of the world’s largest high technology public relations firms, and Microsoft’s agency of record. Before becoming a consultant to private companies and organizations, Melissa led the technology public relations team of APCO Worldwide, where she provided strategic counsel, corporate positioning, media training, crisis communications, and media relations for a wide range of public and privately-held clients. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington, and a post-graduate Certificate in Public Relations. Melissa has won numerous honors including two Emmy Awards from the N.A.T.A.S. and a Totem Award from the P.R.S.A.
Since 1997, Doug Rowan has served as President and CEO of Imaging Solutions Corporation, a Washington-based consulting firm that helps digital content companies plan, strategize, secure funding and connect with customers. He is currently an advisor/mentor to Nimia, Nufabrx, Surf Incubator, CureViolence and Digineg, and was the Founder and CEO of both ZoomAlbum and Impli, Inc., which demonstrated breakthrough paradigms in digitally-printed photo albums and flat-panel advertising.
After earning an electrical engineering degree and then an MBA from Cornell University, Doug spent 22 years as an executive at IBM, followed by senior positons at MASSCOMP, AMPEX and AXS. As a result of his deep experience with computers, technology and digital image and asset management, Doug was recruited by Bill Gates and served as President and CEO of Corbis Corporation from 1994 to 1997. At Corbis, Doug oversaw the acquisition of the Bettmann Archive and numerous other high-end collections, while migrating the company’s still-image business model from transparency and print licensing into the then-revolutionary realm of online marketing of all-digital assets.