Board of Directors

The Perfect Earth Network board of directors provides governance to the Azuero Earth Project and the Perfect Earth Project, a parallel initiative focused on chemical-free lawn and landscape maintenance.

Edwina von Gal, Co-Founder

Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina has created landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world.  Her work has been published in many major publications and her book Fresh Cuts won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998.   She has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity. She came to Panama in 2002 to design the park for the Biomuseo,  the Frank Gehry designed museum of biodiversity under construction in Panama City, got involved with a native tree reforestation project in the Azuero, and stayed on to found the Azuero Earth Project with like minded friends.Most recently, she was appointed as a Master Teacher at the Conway School for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Vernon Scholey, Chairman of the Board

Vern has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington. He has worked in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Washington State, Japan, Ecuador and since 1985 has been the Director of the Achotines Laboratory at the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula. Investigations at the Achotines Laboratory, a field station of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, focus on the ecology and biology of tuna. Research is carried out at sea and on land where simulated ocean conditions allow scientists to work with eggs and larvae provided by captive spawning yellowfin tuna. Achotines Laboratory also hosts a number of research scientists in other marine and terrestrial disciplines as well as University short courses and field trips.

Lisa Phillips, Treasurer

The Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, Lisa initiated the expansion project that has resulted in the construction of a new building in Manhattan’s downtown that is heralded as one of the best new pieces of architecture in the city. Drawing on her long curatorial experience at New York’s Whitney Museum, Lisa has inaugurated shows and programs at the New Museum that consistently challenge the perception and role of art in modern life, making it a vital force in the downtown scene with connections throughout the world supporting new art and new ideas. Lisa has lectured extensively, served as panelist and Jurist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Public Art Commission, Fulbright Fellowship Review Committee (among many others) and has served on numerous boards such as The Andy Warhol Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Penny McCall Foundation, etc. Lisa graduated with honors from Middlebury College, attended Doctoral Program of Art History at CUNY, and was a Senior Fellow of Art History and Museum Studies and Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney.

David Maupin

David Maupin

David Maupin was born in California and studied art history at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career abroad in Italy, where he met Rachel Lehmann. Together they opened the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 1996 and relocated to the present location at 540 West 26th Street in Chelsea in 2002. They opened a second gallery in 2007 at 201 Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side. Lehmann Maupin inaugurated its first international gallery space in the historic Pedder Building in Central, Hong Kong in March 2013. Lehmann Maupin has garnered a reputation for identifying and cultivating  an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists working across disciplines with new and challenging forms of creative expression.

David serves on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC, a non-profit organization which partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hand-on learning experiences, gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier choices for life. He is also a member of the selection committee for the international art fair Art Basel Hong Kong.

Neil Radey

Neil Radey is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the General Counsel division, based in New York. He is General Counsel for the Americas and Asset Management division and co-General Counsel for the Investment Banking division. He is a member of the Investment Bank Management Committee. Prior to his current role, Mr. Radey was General Counsel for the Securities Division of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). He served as Chief Operating Officer for Finance, Administration & Operations (FA&O) from 2000-2001 and for the Finance & Risk Cluster of FA&O for 2002. From 1999-2000, Mr. Radey was the Deputy General Counsel-Americas, with primary responsibility for the legal affairs of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to that, Mr. Radey served as the Bank’s General Counsel-Asia Pacific in 1997 and 1998. Prior to joining the Bank in 1995, Mr. Radey was Investment Banking Counsel at Kidder, Peabody & Co. and a Senior Associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Mr. Radey was also an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and New York. Before joining Gibson, Dunn, Mr.Radey clerked for Judge Van Dusen on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Radey received his J.D. and M.B.A. in 1983 from Cornell University.

Susannah Smetana Kagan

Susannah practiced environmental law for a number of years and now devotes her time to working with nonprofit organizations.  She serves on the Board of The Nature Conservancy in New York and chairs its Committee on Trustees.  She is also on the Board of the School of American Ballet where she co-chairs the Studio Circle, which supports the school’s scholarship and diversity initiative for young girls.   Susannah received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Journal.  Susannah graduated from Trinity College with honors and as Phi Beta Kappa.