Board of Directors
Earl Babbie, Ph.D., Hot Springs Village, Arkansas – Emeritus professor of Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University and author of The Practice of Social Research and The Basics of Social Research, among other textbooks and scholarly works. He serves as a pro-bono research advisor to PMC. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Virginia Carter, Redondo Beach, California – Former Senior Vice-President and Head of Drama for the largest independent television production company in Hollywood (Embassy Television, a Norman Lear Production), she serves as a pro-bono trainer for PMC in development of social-content serial dramas. In her capacity with Embassy Television, she was awarded an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for her work on the immensely popular American situation comedies All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life, and Diff'rent Strokes. She also worked on two "strips" for television: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and All That Glitters. She assisted in the production of the top five most highly rated television shows in the United States during the 1980s. Among the many movies for television she produced was Eleanor: First Lady of the World, which was voted one of the top ten movies of the year. She holds an M.S. in Physics from the University of Southern California and an honorary doctorate of science degree from McGill University. She serves as Secretary of Population Media Center's Board.
George Crawford, Ph.D., Dallas, TX – Retired professor of Physics and Environmental Science at Southern Methodist University. After serving in World War II, he enrolled in the University of Texas. Beginning in 1946, while still a student, he was very active in the Methodist Church, crusading for peaceful solutions to problems, rather than war. This resulted in being elected in 1960 to the Methodist Church Board of Christian Concerns in the Department of Peace and Justice, where he served three terms until 1972. In 1968, he co-founded with Rodney Shaw the Department of Population Problems in the Methodist Church Board, where he served as chair. He also co-founded with Rodney Shaw and Harold Bostrom The Population Institute, where he served as its first chair.
Bram Kelppner, Burlington, VT--CEO, Danforth Pewter. He is an international businessperson and a social activist whose career in marketing communications includes ten years at Ben & Jerry's, where he co-led the company's anti-global warming campaign and where he spent two years managing Ben & Jerry's joint venture in Russia. In addition to Russia, he has lived and/or worked in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His commentaries on social justice are broadcast by Vermont Public Radio. He serves as Treasurer of Population Institute's Board.
Buck Lindsay, Lawrenceville, GA – Head of an architectural/engineering/interiors firm. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Tech in 1968 and later served as an officer in the US Army. Lindsay has provided architectural services for hundreds of hotels throughout the USA and Canada and for many schools and public buildings in his community. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2004. He was named Volunteer-of-the-Year by Gwinnett United Way in 1995 and in 2000 was Gwinnett Small Businessman-of-the-year. He has served in leadership roles in many community service organizations. In 1991, he served as District Governor of Rotary for north Georgia and has since served in many roles at the local and international levels. In 1996, he founded Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (www.rifpd.org), now a 20,000 member group. He has worked on many international humanitarian projects, in every corner of the world.
William N. Ryerson, Shelburne, Vermont – PMC's founder and President, he has a 37-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience adapting the Sabido methodology for behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.Phil. from Yale University. He served as Director of the Population Institute's Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center in 1998. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.
Jerri Lea Shaw, Columbia, Maryland – Founder and president of JBS International, a consulting firm focused on strengthening health care policy, financing and service delivery.
Timothy R. Williams, Arlington, Virginia – Senior Evaluation Advisor to John Snow, Inc. (JSI) since 1998, and currently Principal Investigator to the MEASURE Evaluation Project, he has over 22 years experience in monitoring and evaluation, applied research, and management of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries. His focus areas of work have included adolescent sexual and reproductive health, quality of care of family planning programs, family planning supply chain logistics, and programmatic/financial sustainability, always with the aim of building host-country capacity in monitoring and evaluation approaches and use of information for program improvement. Before joining JSI, he held research and evaluation positions at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception (now EngenderHealth), and PROFAMILIA (IPPF affiliate) in Colombia. He lived and worked for one year in Kenya and two years in Colombia, and has worked in 30 countries worldwide. He holds Masters degrees in Economics and Environmental Management from Yale University.