Raymond E. Cline, Jr. is a self-employed entrepreneur. He is President/CEO of RWI Mining, LLC and Managing Director of ClineHair Commercial Endeavors, LLC. Ray’s business interests include blockchain technology and its application to energy, financial services, supply chain/logistics, and complex integrated systems. Dr. Cline’s career has included senior positions at CGI, the University of Houston, EDS/HP, Science Applications International Corporation, the American Petroleum Institute, and Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Cline earned a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois and a BS in Chemistry from Kent State University.
HARC's Founder: George P. Mitchell 1919-2013
HARC owes its origins to the vision and initiative of Houston oilman, real estate developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell, b. 1919 – d. 2013. HARC was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit university consortium that could act as a technology incubator to bridge basic research and market applications.
HARC's Board of Directors
HARC is led by a distinguished Board of Directors from major academic institutions, the business community, and the philanthropic community. The Board of Directors works with HARC’s Executive Leadership to develop organizational strategies in support of the vision of HARC’s Founder, Mr. George P. Mitchell, and HARC’s mission as a research hub building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.
Raymond E. Cline, Jr., PhD
Cullen K. Geiselman, PhD
Cullen K. Geiselman holds a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and an MA and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on seed dispersal and pollination by bats and has coauthored a book with botanists from the New York Botanical Garden entitled, Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics. In addition to her research, she works with her family on business matters and philanthropy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Zoo, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Bat Conservation International, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston. She also volunteers her time with the National Park Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy, the Menil Collection, and the Cullen Trust for Health Care.
John L. Hall
John Hall is the Texas State Director, Clean Energy with the Environmental Defense Fund where he works to increase the implementation of clean energy resources in Texas. Mr. Hall has managed projects as a senior consultant for the City of Houston, the Port Arthur Environmental Justice Initiative, City Public Service (now CPS Energy) in San Antonio, Austin Energy, and others. He worked closely with HARC on air quality issues during his tenure as Executive Director of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium. Mr. Hall has a distinguished public service record, having served as Chairman of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Texas Water Commission (now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). He was Deputy Commissioner at the Texas General Land Office and Senior Director for Conservation and Environmental Quality at the Lower Colorado River Authority. Mr. Hall holds a MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Sam Houston State University.
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, PhD
Ramanan Krishnamoorti is Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer for the UH System and Interim Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer for UH, a role he assumed in July 2015. Krishnamoorti has oversight responsibilities for the Division of Research, and various centers and institutes that report to the Division of Research. Ramanan Krishnamoorti also holds the position of chief energy officer at the University of Houston since February 2013, leading the university's efforts to establish energy-centered partnerships on an industry and university level to address the world's most pressing energy challenges. During his tenure at the university, he has served as a department chair of the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s chemical and biomolecular engineering, associate dean of research for engineering, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with affiliated appointments as professor of petroleum engineering and professor of chemistry. Krishnamoorti obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1994.
Jim Lester, PhD
Dr. Jim Lester holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a member of the HARC staff for over 14 years before retiring in 2016. He joined HARC in 2002 as the Director of HARC’s Environment Group, and served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for six years before assuming the helm as President in 2012. Dr. Lester was responsible for strategic direction of HARC’s programs which were designed to make more sustainable our management of water, air and natural resources. Along with then Vice President, Lisa Gonzalez, he initiated the capital campaign for the design and construction of the new HARC headquarters. During his tenure at HARC, Dr. Lester was engaged in projects that analyze compilations of datasets from multiple sources to obtain new insights for watershed or landscape management. He also served in a leadership capacity for the HARC program on air quality science. Prior to joining HARC, he was a faculty member and administrator in the University of Houston System where he held administrative positions at the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a Dean, Associate Vice President, and Director of the Environmental Institute of Houston. Although Dr. Lester continues to serve in an advisory capacity to a few organizations in the Houston/Galveston Region, he greatly enjoys his return to hands-on biology. He and his wife built a home in Red River County, Texas where they maintain around 140 acres under a wildlife exemption.
Greg Mitchell, PhD
Greg Mitchell is a Research Oceanographer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Mitchell served NASA as Program Manager for Ocean Biochemistry and Program Scientist for the SeaWiFS Ocean Color Satellite Mission. His research on phytoplankton photosynthesis and ecology has been sponsored by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
J. Todd Mitchell
J. Todd Mitchell has served as Chairman of HARC's board of directors since 2000 and was President of HARC from 2001 to 2006. Mr. Mitchell has a BA in Geology from The Colorado College, an MA in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Sustainable Development (with Distinction) from Edinburgh University. He has worked extensively in the energy industry, first as a principal in start-up companies related to natural gas exploration and geophysics; and more recently as founder and president of Two Seven Ventures, a private equity company that backs development of low-carbon energy technologies.
Paul R. Nelson has an extensive background in local government and public works administration, water conservation, and long-range water planning. During his 28 years of service at the City of Houston, he was involved in the City’s wholesale water contracts, ascertaining the availability of water and securing surface water rights. After retiring from the City as Deputy Director of Public Works, Paul worked as a water conservation coordinator for the North Harris County Regional Water Authority before joining the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District in Montgomery County, where he served as the Assistant General Manager until his retirement in 2017. Paul is a member of the City of Houston Planning Commission and the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholders group. He serves as a director for the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 7 and is the current President of The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. Paul holds a BS degree in Biology from the Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont.
Thad "Bo" Smith
Thad "Bo" Smith is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Global Services, Inc. Previously, he served as President of three Brown & Root Companies - Brown & Root Services Corporation, Brown & Root Environmental and Brown & Root Civil. His twenty-eight year career with Brown & Root included major project operations in Europe and Africa and corporate business development. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1967 and has served on various fundraising projects for the university. Smith was named Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Business in 1993.
Bruce Tough, JD
Bruce Tough is an attorney and Managing Principal of Tough Law Firm, PLLC. Bruce has been involved in the planning and governance of The Woodlands for over 15 years and has served in several elected offices and positions in The Woodlands and the greater Houston area, including as the Chairman of The Woodlands township and a Trustee of Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees. He has also served as Chairman of The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board for The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership and the Board of Directors for the Center for Houston’s Future.
Spiros N. Vassilakis, CFA
Spiros N. Vassilakis is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mitchell Family Corporation, a Houston private asset and wealth management company that manages a variety of assets and investments including oil and gas properties, ranching, timber, real estate, and hospitality businesses. From 1984 to 1995 he managed various corporate finance projects with the finance departments of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation and The Woodlands Corporation. A chartered financial analyst, he is a long time member of the CFA Society of Houston. He holds a MBA with concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Economics from the University of Athens, Greece.
Margaret Vaughan is founder and president of MCV Consulting, a strategy consultancy based in Houston, Texas. A highly accomplished designer and facilitator of multi-stakeholder and collaborative planning processes with over 20 years of experience in her field, Margaret’s work has taken her throughout North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. Prior to forming MCV Consulting in 2002, Margaret served as a principal at Generon Consulting (now Reos Partners and Generon International) in Boston where she honed her skills as a strategy consultant and scenario planner. She is a popular guest speaker on managing generational transitions in family enterprises and is a senior consultant with Family Office Exchange (FOX), a global consulting firm serving private wealth owners and their advisors. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Art History and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. She is certified in the facilitation of the scenario planning methodology through the Global Business Network (GBN) in Amsterdam, is a graduate of the Society for Organizational Learning’s Foundations for Leadership program in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a Birkman® certified coach. Margaret is also a graduate of the American Works of Art Masters Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City. An active civic leader, Margaret is a member of the International Women’s Forum and a past director of The Texas Lyceum, a select group of 96 leaders from across the state of Texas. She serves on several boards, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Advisory Board, University of Texas’ Ransom Center for the Humanities Advisory Board and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Governing Council.