The Apollo 13 Project: Our people
Stuart Schulzke, CEO, is a co-founder of FORA.tv, a pioneering digital destination featuring video of public conversations on issues and ideas. Stuart worked for FORA.tv for ten years, and as VP of Partnerships he drove FORA.tv’s content efforts with organizations including The New York Times, The Aspen Institute, and The Atlantic. Stuart holds two master’s degrees from the University of Oxford.
Bethany Hansen, Director of Governance and Development, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a MPA from BYU, where she studied nonprofit management. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area, where her husband is an engineer at Intel and they are raising three children. Bethany oversees regulatory affairs and record keeping for Apollo 13 and will also spearhead grant writing.
Ryan Andrus, Director of Events Marketing, spent five years developing Sports & Brand Marketing for Skullcandy and previously spent time in both investment banking and commercial real estate. He holds an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, with a specialization of in Sports Business and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Finance.
Eric Schulzke, Founder & Director of Operations, writes on public policy for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. He holds a Ph.D. in political science (public law and public administration) from U.C. Berkeley. He has written widely on criminal justice, addiction and mental illness, and prisoner reentry. Eric is the originator of The Apollo 13 Project vision, and serves as its primary strategy and content coordinator.
The following are providing vital support and advice to The Apollo 13 Project, ranging from governance and marketing to technology and criminology. Click on a picture below to see a biographical overview.
Advisory network bios
Jeremy Andrus is President & CEO of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. Prior to Traeger, he served as President & CEO and board member of Skullcandy where he helped grow annual sales from less than $1 million to nearly $300 million over eight years. Between his time at Skullcandy and Traeger, Jeremy was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Solamere Capital. Jeremy received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. from Brigham Young University. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Kristin and their six children.
Byron Elton is an experienced media and marketing executive with a proven record in pioneering new business development strategies and building top-flight marketing organizations. He is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at omnx, an energy technology company. He served for four years as President and Chief Operating Executive Officer of Carbon Sciences, Inc. He has previously been SVP of Sales for Univision Online, a longtime executive at AOL Media Networks, and President of the Alaskan Television Network. Mr. Elton studied Advertising and Marketing Communications at Brigham Young University.
After attending UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television, Heidi Hernandez Gatty began her life as a professional stage manager, a trade that has exemplified her deep-rooted work ethic, sense of responsibility, and spirit of creative problem solving. She currently leads the Acceleration Services Program for the Citizen Engagement Laboratory and has spent more than a decade guiding, coaching, and developing social change projects and the entrepreneurs behind them. Over that time she has become a full-spectrum expert in non-profit management, development, and infrastructure.
Hayden Hamilton is founder of Bright Light Ventures, an innovation incubator with a focus on sustainable solutions for everyday life. Bright Light’s creations include Zafirro, GreenPrint, ProgressiveRx, Progressive Health Worldwide, Rainy Day and Pinza. Bright Light’s products have been profiles in hundreds of publications around the world including, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions. Hayden received a Rotary Scholarship to the MBA program at Oxford University. Hayden was named one of Inc. Magazines “Top 30 Under 30” and ComputerWorld’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
David Harmer is a senior attorney with Ally Bank with deep experience in banking compliance and nonprofit law. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 11th Congressional District (in the Bay Area) in 2010. Early in his career, David served as counsel to a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, later working at the Pacific Legal Foundation, with a focus on property rights.
Michelle Holmes is the Vice President of Content at the Alabama Media Group. She is a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a member of the board at the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. Under Michelle’s leadership AL.com has grown to a national audience of 14.5 million unique viewers, making it one of the 30 largest news sites in America. Additionally, her team won won a top national award for journalism involving the public in prison reform.
A professor of political science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Renford Reese actively mentors incarcerated and struggling young men. He serves as director of the Prison Education Project and the Reintegration Academy for Parolees. He is a regular guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and the author of five provocative nonfiction books: The Prison-to-School Pipeline (2016), American Bravado (2007), Prison Race (2006), Leadership in the LAPD: Walking the Tightrope (2005), and American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004).
An established digital leader in the Washington DC NGO community, Tarek Rizk is the Editorial Director for Connections Media. He previously oversaw digital strategy and content development for the Aspen Institute, playing a central role in expanding the reach of the Aspen Ideas Festival. Tarek also ran his own consultancy, advising organizations including the National Constitution Center and the Save the Children Action Network. A native of Pittsburgh, Tarek is a graduate of the American University in Washington DC and is the proud father of two children.
Daniel Staker, Daniel Staker earned a law degree from the University of Utah and spent one year with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center. He is currently a principle at Dayton Staker & Watkins, LC and managing board member of Utahns for Public Schools. Daniel serves on the Apollo 13 Board of Directors and is actively involved in developing its marketing strategy.
Kevin Wright, is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Wright earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 2010. His research interests include criminological theory and correctional policy, with particular emphasis placed on the intersection between the two.
Melanie Schwartz is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She teaches core criminal law courses, Advanced Criminal Law and Indigenous programs. She serves as a Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery grants: the Youth Punishment Project and the Australian Justice Reinvestment Project. In 2009 Melanie was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2010, was highly commended in the LexisNexis-ALTA Awards for Innovation in the Teaching of Law (Australasia).
Currently leading a team at rising business intelligence system Domo, Jackson Emery was the Mountain West Conference basketball Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and is BYU’s all-time leader in steals. He starred alongside Jimmer Fredette as team co-captain, leading BYU to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament that season. Jackson and his family currently live in Utah.