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Leadership

The FARES Leadership team is comprised of wide range of talents, backgrounds and experience. We are bound by a shared commitment to utilizing the cultural and ecological data for the conservation and development of threatened areas while promoting education and vocational training within the local communities.

Dr. Richard D. Hansen, Ph.D - President, FARES

Dr. Richard D. Hansen is a specialist on the early Maya and is the Director of the Mirador Basin Project in northern Guatemala. He has been leading archaeological research and scientific studies in northern Guatemala for 33 years. He is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. He was Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University for 8 years and was Senior Scientist at the Institute for Mesoamerican Research at ISU. Prior to that, he was Assistant Research Scientist (Level IV) at the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics for 12 years. He is the founder and president of the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES), a non-profit scientific research institution based in Idaho.

He graduated with a Ph.D. in Archaeology from UCLA in 1992 as a National Graduate Fellow, a Jacob Javits National Fellow, the UCLA Hortense Fishbaugh Memorial Scholar, the UCLA Distinguished Scholar (1988), a Fulbright Scholar (Guatemala) (1989-1990), the UCLA Outstanding Graduate Student (1991), and the UCLA Chancellor's Marshall with highest honors (1992). He previously held a double major B.S. degree (cum laude) in Spanish and Archaeology from Brigham Young University in 1978, and a M.S. degree in Anthropology in 1984. He was recently named as “one of 24 individuals that changed Latin America” by the Latin Trade Magazine (Dec. 2013). He was named the 2014 Kislak Lecturer at the U.S. Library of Congress, and the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” of the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. He was awarded the prestigious “Orden del Pop” by Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala in 2012. He was awarded the highest Idaho State University Achievement Award 2009 and was named Environmentalist of the Year in Latin America 2008 by the 161,000 members of the Latin Trade Bravo Business Association. He was awarded the National Order of the Cultural Patrimony of Guatemala by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger in December 2005. He was the founder of the renowned Dialogue of Civilizations Conferences hosted by the National Geographic Society, with recent conferences in Guatemala, Turkey, and China and more scheduled for India and Egypt.

He has published 2 books (one as series editor), and is the editor of three more volumes currently in preparation. In addition, he has published 122 papers and book chapters in scientific and popular publications and has presented more than 301 professional papers and technical reports in scientific formats and symposia throughout the world. He has conducted and/or directed archaeological research in Israel, the U.S.Great Basin, U.S. Southwest, and Central America. Hansen’s research in the remote rainforests of northern Guatemala currently involves scholars from 66 universities and research institutions from throughout the world. As a project, his team has currently published 229 scientific papers, abstracts, and books, and 826 technical reports and scientific presentations, and his team has mapped and excavated in 51 ancient cities in the Mirador Basin.

Hansen’s studies have identified some of the largest and earliest ancient cities in Central America, and his work has been an important contribution to the developmental history of Maya civilization. He was the Co-organizer of the major Maya exhibit from June to October 2011 at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, entitled Maya: From Dawn to Dusk. His work has recently been featured in 27 film documentaries, including National Geographic Specials, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel 3Net, ABC's 20/20, 60 Minutes Australia, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Primetime Live, CNN International Untold Stories, CNN Global Challenges, The History Channel, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of London, Russia 1 Television, Alstom Foundation Films, Timeline Films (London), WGBH Television, and Guatevision. He was the principal consultant for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

Dr. Hansen and his wife, Jody, live with their children in Idaho and Guatemala.

Kerry Arritt, CPA PA - Secretary-Treasurer, FARES

Kerry L. Arritt is a Certified Public Accountant practicing in Southern Idaho for the firm of Anderson Nielson Robins Arritt, CPAs. He received his accounting degree from Brigham Young University in 1983. Mr. Arritt is a founding member of the board of directors and treasurer of FARES. He is married and has six children.

Jody Lynn Hansen - Secretary, FARES

Jody Lynn Hansen first got involved in archaeological research at Tel Michal, Israel, where she met her future husband, Richard. After their marriage, Jody was a staff scientific illustrator for the Mirador Project under Dr. Ray Matheny, and then as a project illustrator for the RAINPEG and Mirador Basin Projects in the northern Peten from 1989 until the present day. Her scientific illustrations have been published in numerous scientific and popular texts throughout the world. She is the Executive Secretary for the FARES Foundation, and has spent decades hiking through the jungles of the Mirador Basin with her seven children in tow. She lives with her family in Idaho.

Leland S. McCullough - Director, Legal Counsel, FARES

L. S. (Lee) McCullough received his law degree from the University of Utah and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1973. Lee is a Fellow and former State Chair in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is a past member of the Advisory Counsel on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans for the U.S. Department of Labor, having been appointed to said Board by former President Reagan. Lee is also past President of the Estate Planning Section of the Utah Bar Association. He is Chairman of the law firm Callister Nebeker & McCullough, which law firm specializes in banking, corporate, tax and commercial law. Lee’s areas of practice include tax, estate and asset protection planning. He is a past Chairman of the Board of a federal savings and loan association, having been appointed to this position by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of various college and hospital foundations. Lee has written and lectured in professional and trade associations such as The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Utah Bar Association, The Phillip Heckerling Institute, real estate associations, and other trade associations. Lee is also been nationally recognized by "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Madison Who’s Who."

Francois Berger - Director, FARES; President, FARES-Guatemala

Francois Berger, born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, graduated from the University of Florida, at Gainesville, with a degree in Animal Science. After returning to Guatemala, he was involved in establishing cattle feedlots and meat packing plants for export mainly to the United States. Francois applied his agricultural and business knowledge to industrialize the farming of cotton and soybeans, marketing the products all over the country. He grew the business to include the farming and export of bananas, sugar cane, African palm, cattle and horses.

In 1980, he established AUTOSAFARICHAPIN, a wildlife park and reserve which breeds many endangered species, like jaguars, pumas, and other Guatemalan cats, along with White tail deer, Brocket deer, Central American Tapirs, and other species of national and international fauna. Francois has been the founder of several agricultural organizations in Guatemala, has served on the board of directors for Cementos Progreso since 1985, and has been an active advisor to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Presidents of Guatemala. Francois is the founder and president of APANAC, Association for the Natural and Cultural Patrimony of Guatemala. He has been an active supporter of FARES International, and is presiding President of FARES Guatemala.

Francois has traveled the world extensively- as a dedicated conservationist, avid pilot, and international polo player. He is the Guatemalan ambassador for the Federation of International Polo, and currently serves on the FIP Council of Administration. A member of Aeroclub de Guatemala, he has flown airplanes and helicopters since childhood and serves on the board of directors of Aviateca airlines, member of grupo Taca.

Dr. Nancy Swift Furlotti - Director, FARES

Dr. Glenna Nielsen-Grimm - Director, FARES

Josephine A. Thompson - Planning Director, FARES

Dr. Landon J. Hansen - Director, FARES


Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. Michael Coe, PhD - Advisory Board, FARES
  • John Paul DeJoria - Advisory Board, FARES
  • Mel Gibson - Emeritus Chairman of the Board; Director, FARES
  • Wayne Hepworth - Director, FARES
  • Kurt Vogt - Director, FARES
  • James C. Woods - Advisory Board, FARES