Stanley Farkas, Ph.D.
Dr. Farkas is a retired project manager and biologist from NASA Ames Research Center, Mt. View CA and is a co-founder of Secure The Future 2100. He led biological flight projects for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station and was the Integrated Logistics Manager for the International Space Station Biological Centrifuge Facility Project. He was the Project Study Manager for planning for the ground processing and sample analysis facility for the early Mars Sample Return Mission and was the Ames Research Center Lead for planning for both the Constellation Program for the International Space Station Office and the Orbital Space Plane Program. He led projects on life sciences hardware for Space Shuttle, space vehicle thermal protection systems, and worked in program management for the Aeronautics Projects Office. He has authored or coauthored 12 peer-reviewed publications including contributions to 3 books. He has studied ice-age climatology for the past 15 years and is now focused on the current and future impact of climate change, giving presentations to organizations on the subject. He taught Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach and Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California.
Dr. Farkas received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California at Riverside, an M.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
Gary Latshaw, Ph.D.
Dr. Latshaw is a retired college professor from San Jose City College (San Jose, CA) and Foothill College (Los Altos, CA) and is a co-founder of Secure The Future 2100. . Prior to his college professor career, he was an Environmental Consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and managed the environmental impact report of a major bridge replacement – the Dumbarton Bridge. Other environmental analyses were done for the Lehigh Cement Plant in Cupertino, CA. He did work Nationally and managed the Environmental Impact Air Quality Report on the New York Convention Center in 1973. The project involved multiple measurements of wind flow, and carbon monoxide levels in the street canyons of Manhattan. The project resulted in a model that the New York EPA could use in other circumstance. In 1973, He advised on a report for the National Academies of Science on the Air Quality Impacts from Highways. He participated in a wide variety of remote sensing studies for both military and agricultural applications. He is an active participant in many environmental groups – chiefly concerned with climate change. He was among the first groups trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to provide public lectures on climate change. He has presented at high schools, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and other groups. In 2000 he became a college professor at San Jose City College and Foothill college. He is an active participant in the Sierra Club, BayArea350.org, Bay Area for Clean Environment, and other local groups.
Dr. Latshaw received a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley.
Philip B. Russell, Ph.D.
Dr. Russell is a retired atmospheric scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center, Mt. View CA and is a co-founder of Secure The Future 2100. While at NASA Ames, he held successive positions as Chief, Atmospheric Experiments Branch; Acting Chief and Deputy Chief, Earth System Science Division; Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch; and Leader, NASA Ames Sunphotometer-Satellite (SunSat) Group. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications on measurements and models of atmospheric aerosol and cloud particles and gases, including their effects on Earth’s energy budget and climate. He led the development of the SunSat Group’s signature instruments, which have been used extensively to validate and extend satellite measurements in airborne missions over Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the surrounding oceans. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service medal for his climate research and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (for “pioneering work and scientific leadership in the measurement of aerosol properties and the effects of haze on the Earth’s energy budget and climate”) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (for “pioneering contributions to and sustained leadership of the measurement of aerosol radiative effects”).
Dr. Russell received a PhD and MS in Physics and an MS in Management, all from Stanford University, and a BA in Physics from Wesleyan University.
Anthony W. Strawa, Ph.D.
Dr. Strawa is currently Chief Scientist at Sustainable Silicon Valley, a think-and-do tank that brings together leading tech companies, cities, counties, research and educational institutions to solve sustainability issues. He also serves on the San Jose Clean Energy Citizen’s Advisory Commission, advises for Ice911 Research, a Silicon Valley non-profit focused on restoring Arctic sea ice and serves as a Catholic Climate Ambassador for the US Council of Catholic Bishops. He recently retired from NASA after over 40 years of federal service. He served for 10 years in the US Air Force as a Weapons System Officer flying F4 Phantom fighter aircraft. After obtaining his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering he joined NASA-Ames Research Center. He was Team Leader for the Hypervelocity Free Flight Facility for seven years, then spent 25 years leading the Aerosol and Cloud Research group whose long-term goal was the study of the formation, evolution, and effects of aerosols and clouds on climate and human health. Dr. Strawa has collaborated with industry to develop instrumentation for the measurement of combustion products from supersonic engines the physical, chemical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols in situ using cavity ring-down technology. He later led the New Opportunities Center and Technology Transfer Office. He has over 55 refereed publications and holds a patent for the Advanced Sunphotometer concept. He was a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Aerosol Science for 5 years and has lectured at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.
Dr. Strawa received a PhD and MS in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Us Air Force Academy.
Steven Zornetzer, Ph.D.
Dr. Zornetzer is currently, Principal for Research and Technology Solutions, at The Myhal Group, Sunnyvale, CA. He also serves as the Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Ice911 Research, a Silicon Valley non-profit focused on restoring Arctic sea ice. He recently retired from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he served as the Associate Center Director for Research and Technology. Previously he served as the Deputy Center Director and Center Director (Acting) of NASA Ames. Prior to these leadership positions, He served as Director of Information Sciences and Technology at NASA Ames. He was recognized for his contributions to NASA by receiving the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2001 and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award in 2008 from President Bush. In 2010 he received NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. Before joining NASA in 1997, Steve headed the Life Sciences Directorate at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He was widely recognized for his leadership and vision at ONR and received a Presidential Meritorious Rank in 1991. Before joining government service, He was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. He has over 80 journal publications and has published 3 books.
Dr. Zornetzer received a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, an MS in Physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BS in Biology from State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Catherine Shinners, B.A.
Ms. Shinners is a communications and management consultant based in Palo Alto, California. For the past decade, she has shaped and guided communications and change initiatives at Silicon Valley high tech companies. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions in leading Bay Area technology companies. Her roles included product management, marketing and business development in the area of enterprise software, servicing global financial services and telecommunications firms. She was adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies Master’s program in Information and Knowledge Strategy from 2014-2018. One of her first positions in communications was with a NOAA funded Sea Grant Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Ms. Shinners received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.