Trustees


Ms. Margo Branscomb, President
Margo Branscomb is Executive Director of the Global Foundation for Academic Innovation, which directs k-12 distance learning labs in Central America. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University in Political Science, cum laude.


Shannon M. Wilde, Secretary/Treasurer
Shannon M. Wilde is a practicing attorney and shareholder of Branscomb | PC. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government and Spanish, with high honors, from The University of Texas. He received his MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Baylor University. While at Baylor, Mr. Wilde was a Baylor Law Alumni Academic Merit Scholar.


Dian Owen VanDeMark
Ms. VanDeMark is a partner in a business venture with principal operations at Chapman Ranch, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. A Chapman family member and cousin of Una Chapman Cox, she has been involved in the work of the Foundation since 1996.


W. Robert Pearson
Ambassador Pearson, of Tennessee, is the president of IREX, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC which operates in 130 countries focusing on education, civil society development and media development. He is a retired member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister. His last assignment on active duty was as Director General of the Foreign Service 2003 to 2006. In addition, he has a broad background in European and security issues as well as wide management experience overseas and in Washington. He was the United States Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara from September 21, 2000 through July 2003. Pearson was the May 2013 recipient of the Director General's Foreign Service Cup.


Larry Wood
Larry J. Wood retired in April 2013 as Senior Vice President and Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager for Greater Texas and Hill County, Southwest Region, Wells Fargo Wealth Management. Mr. Wood has a 39-year career in financial services. During his career he attained the designation of Certified Financial Planner and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, plus numerous brokerage licenses. For the past 38 years, he has volunteered with numerous civic and charitable organizations in South Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&I University and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.


Executive Director



Lino Gutiérrez
Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez assumed the position of Executive Director in December 2010. His 29-year career in the Department of State included service as Ambassador to Argentina and Nicaragua, Acting Assistant Secretary of State in Western Hemisphere Affairs, and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. He also served in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2006, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University, and Course Chair at the Foreign Service Institute. He is also on the Board of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Studies. His awards include the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award and the U.S. Army Award for Civilian Excellence.

Trustees and Executive Director

Past Trustees and Executive Directors