Promethean Spark International Board of Directors
Board Chair - Travis Ferran
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.
Executive Director and Founder - Shaun Parry
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..
Board Member and Legal Advisor - Andrew Gish
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.
Board Treasurer - Kent Larsen
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.
Board Member - Paul Ogden
J. Paul Ogden, with a background in marketing, electronics and acoustics, has had careers in retail in Salt Lake City and San Francisco, audio and surveillance system design for resorts and US government, developed a national dealer network in nonferrous commodities, established advertising firms in two US states and three Canadian provinces, owned four successful sales and technical companies and has consulted numerous organizations and private companies regarding sales, marketing and investment analysis. Paul’s passion for quality products and reliable solutions has led him into the automotive world with an associate and an invention that has broken the barrier to the correct combustion process for internal combustion reciprocating piston engines. His personal commitment to this stewardship is driven by the many official appointments - both past and present - to presidencies, consultancies, boards and training positions where his responsibilities were indispensable. Now he is committed to real energy efficiency and a game change in the engine power business. Paul Ogden is a five decade entrepreneur, certified Real Estate Investment Analyst, commercial real estate professional for 30 years, musician for 60 years, a devoted husband for 44 years and a glad father of seven children.
Board Member - Richard Allen
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.