Board of Advisors

Floyd E. BloomJeffrey KirschLawrence M. HinmanLucy KilleaPeter K. EllsworthMark TrotterSandra Sgoutas-EmchThomas R. Scott

Floyd E. Bloom, M.D. | Member, President’s Council on Bioethics

Floyd E. Bloom is currently a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and is professor emeritus in the Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department at TSRI. We was previously founding CEO and board chairman of Neurome, Inc., Chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute, and Director of Behavioral Neurobiology at the Salk Institute and Chief of the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology of NIMH.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, he has received numerous awards, including the Pasarow Award in Neuropsychiatry and the Hermann van Helmholtz Award, the Sarnat Award for Mental Health Research, as well as a number of honorary degrees from major universities. He is past editor-in-chief of Science Magazine.

He is a member of the National Academy of Science (1977), The Institute of Medicine (1982), The American Philosophical Society (1989) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (1989).Dr. Bloom has authored or co-authored a total of 29 books and monographs, 404 original research articles, 256 solicited articles and reviews, 59 editorials, and 322 abstracts.


Jeffrey Kirsch, Ph.D. | Executive Director, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1983-2013)

In 1983, Dr. Kirsch became the Executive Director of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center located in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. Under his leadership the institution has quadrupled its membership (to more than 12,000 families), doubled its physical size (in 1998 to 95,000 sq. ft.), and is recognized as a major contributor to the production and exhibition of IMAX® films in science museums. The Fleet’s education programs now reach 110,000 students per year and the Fleet has been awarded a number of prestigious Eisenhower grants from the State of California to train San Diego elementary and middle school teachers in inquiry-based methods for science education.

The Fleet has also launched an innovative early childhood education exhibition, Kid City. Dr. Kirsch is especially interested in educational environments that promote problem-solving skills, teamwork, lifelong learning, and the understanding of science by adults as well as children.

Dr. Kirsch represents the Fleet in the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP), a new public benefit, not-for-profit organization he helped found in 2002. The BPCP seeks to help each institution achieve its full potential through collaborations with other Park institutions and to enhance the role of the Park as the City’s cultural center. He served as the BPCP representative of large institutions on the City’s Balboa Park Committee. Dr. Kirsch is Chairman of the Museum Film Network (MFN), an international association of 15 museums, which develops and sponsors high quality IMAX films for the worldwide community of giant screen theaters. He also is co-chair of the International Advisory Board of the global Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and is co-chair of the educational committee for ASTC’s International Global Warming Awareness (IGLO) program.

Dr. Kirsch is very interested in the transformation of science and science communications due to the advent of computer graphics and new digital techniques for immersive science visualization. He has helped produce computer animation festivals and is doing research on the utilization of digital media appropriate to science museums. On behalf of the Fleet he is consulting on a number of IMAX projects based on these new technologies, and is leading a Fleet task force on their application to giant, tilted dome screens (such as the Fleet’s Space Theater) that could revolutionize their utilization for education.

He has been Executive Producer for six IMAX productions, and consulting producer on six other IMAX films. He was honored to receive the 2001 Founders Award from the IMAX Corporation, which is given to individuals that have made a major contribution to the arts and sciences of 15/70 large format films. His films have received two Grand Prix for To The Limit and CHRONOS, and 2 Golden Eagles for RING OF FIRE andTHE DISCOVERERS. Current projects include consulting producer on DINOSAURS ALIVE! and GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE.

Dr. Kirsch’s first career path was in the physical sciences, rocketry, and aerospace engineering, having received his undergraduate education at Princeton University (B.S.E. in 1962), his M.S.A.E. at the University of Southern California (1963), and his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California (1969). After ten years in aerospace research his deep interest in science communications led him into a career in public broadcasting as Executive Producer and Director of the KPBS-TV Science Center in San Diego. Over a nine-year period, Dr. Kirsch was responsible for science-oriented program production. He led efforts that resulted in national programming slots and a number of award-winning TV documentaries on subjects dealing with issues affecting relationship between Science and Society.


Lawrence M. Hinman, Ph.D. | Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego

Dr. Hinman, founding director of the Values Institute, is a professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, where he has been teaching since 1975. He is co-founder with Dr. Kalichman of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

Dr. Hinman is the author of two widely-used texts in ethics, Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory, 3rd ed. ( Wadsworth , 2002) and Contemporary Moral Issues, 3rd ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2005). He has published numerous scholarly articles in ethics in journals such as Ethics, The Monist, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Criminal Justice Ethics, Computers and Society, Ethics and Information Technology, and Teaching Philosophy; he has also contributed to numerous anthologies in ethics. Translations of his articles have appeared in German and Italian. He also publishes op-ed pieces in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Dr. Hinman is also actively engaged in developing Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) programs at the University of San Diego and around the country. As part of the USD EAC program, he has brought such notable speakers to USD as Carol Gilligan, Daniel Callahan, Michael Walzer, and Michael Josephson. Most recently, he has been developing ethics-related workshops and components for middle school and high school students in the Pacific Northwest . He has received several grants in this area. He has also organized several major conferences in philosophy, including “Kantian Ethics: Interpretations and Critiques” (January 2003).

Dr. Hinman is a former member of the board of the American Philosophical Association and also a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. He has served as a member of the APA Committee on Computing and Philosophy and chaired the APA Committee on Teaching and Philosophy in 2003-05, and for several years was on the Steering Committee for the Computing and Philosophy (CAP) Conference at Carnegie-Mellon.

Lawrence M. Hinman, Ph.D.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: (619) 260-4787
FAX: (619) 260-4227

Lucy Killea, Ph.D. | Senior Fellow International Community Foundation

Currently Dr. Killea serves as Senior Fellow with the International Community Foundation, where she provides strategic counsel and guidance to this California-based public foundation committed to philanthropy and grant making in Asia and the Americas. Dr. Killea’s service to ICF comes after serving five years as the foundation’s President & CEO (1996-2001).

During her tenure at ICF, Dr. Killea expanded ICF’s grant making in Latin America, especially along Mexico’s Northern Border with the United States, and spearheaded the foundation’s philanthropic initiatives in China.

Her current civic and volunteer activities include serving on Boards of Directors and participating in a number of organizations: Board of Overseers, International Roundtable Emeritus member at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies both at University of California at San Diego; Board of Trustees, Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center; Advisory Board, International Visitors Council of San Diego; member Rotary Breakfast Club of San Diego; Board member of National Conflict Resolution Center; Advisory Board, Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

Dr. Killea’s distinguished career includes:

  • 1944 – 1956: Military Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency after World War II.
  • 1974 – 1978: Executive Vice President of “Fronteras de las Californias”, a local government, university, and business project to expand joint efforts with Baja California and California.
  • 1978 – 1982: Member of San Diego City Council, one year as San Diego Vice-Mayor.
  • 1989 – 1996: California State Senator, 39th Senate District. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, she served seven years as a member of the California State Assembly.

Dr. Killea earned a Ph. D. in Latin American History from the University of California San Diego; M.A. from the University of San Diego; B.A. from the Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas. A 36-year resident of California, she also lived ten years in Mexico and traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. She speaks Spanish fluently.

Peter K. Ellsworth, J.D. | President, The Legler Benbough Foundation

Dr. Ellsworth is President of The Legler Benbough Foundation and also serves as:

  • Chairman, Ellsworth Marine, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Grantmakers and San Diego Neighborhood Funders
  • Working Group, Arts and Culture Foundation
  • Chair, The San Diego Family of Funds
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Member of the Dean’s Roundtable, UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

From 1957-1986, he pursued a successful legal career. From 1986-1996 he served as President and CEO of Sharp Health Care and Sharp Foundation and built Sharp Health Care from a single hospital to a health care system that was the largest private employer in San Diego providing health care for one third of all San Diegans. He has also served as President of the San Diego Blood Bank, the Children’s Dental Health Association, the Stanford Club of San Diego, and Combined Arts of San Diego (COMBO), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the Committee on Primary Care of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Conference of Barristers of the State Bar of California, and Chair, San Diego Business Task Force on Health.


Reverend Mark Trotter | Retired Minister, First United Methodist Church of San Diego (1976-2000); Member, The Parker Foundation Board of Directors

Reverend Trotter is a retired United Methodist minister, serving twenty four years as Senior Minister of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, located in Mission Valley. He was elected delegate six times to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the governing body of the denomination.

He has served on several national denominational committees and boards, including chairing the Committee to Study a United Methodist Understanding of Baptism, and serving on the editorial board of the Book of Worship, as well as the Committee For A National Plan For Hispanic Ministry, and a member of the Dialogue on Unity.

He is the author of several books, has been invited to preach and teach widely throughout the nation, and is currently Preacher in Residence at St. Paul ’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego

His community service includes the Parker Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Sharp Hospital Board of Directors, past president of San Diego Rotary, and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Diego Hospice.

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch | Director, Center for Educational Excellence, University of San Diego

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of San Diego. She has been a professor at the university since 1992. During her tenure at USD, she has also been the director of the gender studies program. She teaches courses in health psychology and biopsychology. Dr. Sgoutas-Emch has research interests in the efficacy of alternative medicine, the impact of stress, and women’s health issues.


Thomas R. Scott, Ph.D. | Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University

Dr. Scott is a neuroscientist specializing in sensory processes, with a particular focus on the sense of taste and the neural control of eating.

He was a member of the faculty of the University of Delaware from 1970-2000, serving as Chair of the Psychology Department (1983-1992), and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (1992-1997).

Dr. Scott has been elected President of two national organizations: The Association for Chemoreception Sciences (1997-98) and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2000-2001).

In 2000, Dr. Scott moved to San Diego State University as Dean of Sciences. In 2005 he was appointed Vice-President for Research, and in 2006, interim Chief Executive Officer of the SDSU Research Foundation, a $200 million non-profit foundation that manages SDSU’s contract and grant activity.

Dr. Scott has published 125 scientific papers and serves on the editorial boards of four journals. He has received the University of Delaware’s Excellence-in-Teaching Award (1981), and has been voted SDSU’s Favorite Faculty Member (2003) by the resident student body.