Travis Ferran – Board Chair
Travis Ferran is the CEO and owner of Newport AVE (Audio/Video/Electronics). After spending time in the leprosy colonies in India and seeing the immediate and long term effects the Promethean Spark programs have had on the youth and children there, he opened his doors to the PS Utah Chapter to utilize office space in his work complex. As a die-hard Yankees fan and a triathlete for many years, Travis is well aware of the power of experiential learning, hard work, goal setting, focus, perseverance and the other life skills PSI teaches. Travis brings decades of successful business experience to the table in the hopes of helping to create perpetual sustainability and scale the Promethean Spark methodology and programs globally. Travis is excited to be able to utilize his expertise and energies towards a humanitarian cause that is making a real difference in the world.
Shaun Parry – Executive Director & Founder
Shaun Parry is a performing artist and director/choreographer from New York City. He has taught, performed or choreographed/directed in Japan, Greece, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, England, France, Scotland, Peru, India, Kenya, China, NY, Hawaii, and most of the states in between. His career spans Broadway, Off-Broadway, National and International Broadway tours, the Metropolitan Opera, MTV and more. He has won numerous awards including being the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at his alma mater. Speaking engagements include the World Youth Peace Summit, the World Parliament on Spirituality and the Global Women’s Summit. Shaun Parry developed uses and teaches the Promethean Spark methodology of life coaching through the arts across the globe. He trains all Promethean Spark Life Coaches. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Musical Arts Academy of Nairobi, on the Board of Advisors for Rising Star Outreach of India and is a guest lecturer, teacher, director/choreographer at numerous colleges, universities companies and studios worldwide. Shaun is the 2nd of 10 siblings, is an Eagle Scout and loves to laugh, play bad guys and play his ukulele.
Andrew Gish – Board Member & Legal Advisor
Andrew Gish originally came to Promethean Spark International to help rewrite the bylaws and to file for their 501c3 status. He fell in love with the organization and has been working with them originally as a consultant and then on the Board of Directors for the past eight years. Mr. Gish is a lawyer working in New York City for Skadden International Law Firm specializing in Intellectual Property Litigation. Besides working with Promethean Spark, Mr. Gish has an extensive pro bono practice, including representation of clients seeking asylum, appealing death penalty verdicts, and filing utility and design patent applications. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Gish worked at Intel Corporation in various design, research and development, and manufacturing departments.
Carolyn Scott – Development Committee Chair
Carrie is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the state of Utah who specializes in trauma-focused and experiential therapy. She has been connected with Promethean Spark since 2014, when she helped establish the Utah chapter of the organization. During the next few years she volunteered as PSI’s director of operations and business development. She also lived in India while conducting Promethean Spark programs and research. Carrie both volunteered with and worked for Promethean Spark’s sister program, Rising Star Outreach, in India and the US, running the volunteer program and serving as the organization’s development director. Carrie has a degree in music and has enjoyed a long career as a solo artist and as a member of several bands. She currently sings with The Soulistics, one of Utah’s premiere party bands, and with the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir. She enjoys speaking to international audiences and was awarded the honor of “Iconic Leader Creating a Better World For ALL” at the 2017 ALL Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India, where she also had the privilege of speaking about Promethean Spark International the previous year.
Richard Allen – Board Member
Richard Allen is an accomplished senior executive with strong business, strategic, financial, operational and leadership skills. He has more than twenty years experience in senior positions at various consumer product companies including RJR Nabisco and Cadbury Schweppes. Richard has also spent years working with small beverage company start-ups. Highlight positions include CFO of Snapple Beverage Group and General Manager of Pacific Snapple Distributors. He began his career in public accounting with PriceWaterhouse Coopers and is a CPA. He received an Accounting degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Richard Allen joined the Promethean Spark Board of Directors in 2020 after learning about Promethean Spark’s mission and prior years of effective outreach programs. He is passionate about this work and hopes to help increase external awareness and scale the company to expand Promethean Spark’s global programming.
Ronald Miller – Board Member
Dr. Ron Miller currently teaches at Utah Valley University in the Strategic Management and Operations Department of the Woodbury School of Business. He came to UVU from Brigham Young University – Hawaii where he was a professor of statistics and psychology. Ron has headed up statistical analysis and strategic operations teams across the globe; most recently in China, Singapore and Thailand. Although he is a masterful analyst and statistician, his work has only just begun when he returns home to his wife and nine children.
Kent Larsen – Board Treasurer
Kent Larsen is a professional accountant and translator of literary Portuguese. He lives in Manhattan with his family where he also serves as the Ecclesiastical Leader/Bishop at his local church.