Our Board of Directors is composed of individuals from across the country who are each leaders in their respective fields, and who embody the values and mission of the BBPI.
WILLIAM J. SHANKLE
Bill Shankle is an accomplished avocational paleontologist. He first joined the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society (DVPS) in 2006 and is currently in his third term as President of that organization. He has led changes within the DVPS that have helped to make it one of the most accomplished and successful avocational paleontological organizations in the country. He is also a Research Associate with the New Jersey State Museum's Bureau of Natural History, and an invaluable member of the Bighorn Basin Dinosaur Project throughout its existence.
Bill holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from Michigan State University.
DR. PHIL MANNING
Dr. Phil Manning holds numerous positions, including Professor of Paleontology at the College of Charleston, Director of the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, Professor of Natural History at the University of Manchester (UK), Scientist-in-Residence at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, a National Geographic Explorer. He is also Director of the cross-faculty Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life (ICAL) at the University of Manchester (UK) and Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Dr. Manning’s research interests are extensive and interdisciplinary, including biomechanics, geochemistry and elemental analysis, applications of LiDAR-based imaging for landscape and skeletal modeling, mechanical analysis of biomaterials, finite element analysis and imaging. His field work is equally diverse, with projects conducted in South Dakota and Montana, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Cayman Islands.
Dr. Manning is also active in science outreach and public engagement as an author of both children and popular science books, workshop organizer, and as a regular contributor to public speaking programs around the world. In 2013, Dr. Manning was appointed as the Science and Technology Research Council (STRC) Public Engagement Fellow, so as to promote science and technology to as wide an audience as possible.
An adventurer, teacher and life-long dinosaur lover, Guy has produced educationally themed theater, live events, and exhibits in a career that spans thirty years and three continents. As the Founding Director of Discovery Times Square in Manhattan, Guy created sold-out workshops and ancillary programming for the famous “King Tut” exhibit as well as “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “daVinci’s Workshop”. He was a Producer at the 2011 World Science Festival and, for six years, Managing Director of the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey where he launched one of the State’s top theater education programs.
Guy spent twelve seasons touring the world’s theaters and classrooms with the renowned Paper Bag Players, America’s foremost theater company for children. He has taught at the high school and college level, acted off-Broadway, written two plays, appeared on Jeopardy!, and appeared at some of New Jersey’s legendary music venues as a singer-songwriter. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Field Station: Dinosaurs, Guy is finally able to combine his serious dinosaur obsession with his love for family entertainment, hands-on teaching and working with children.
Steve L. Gibbs is the Chief Accounting Officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Previously he served as the Vice President and CAO for Scientific Games Corporation and VP of Finance for Scientific Games Racing, Manager of Accounting Research at The Coca-Cola Company, and as a public accountant with well-respected accounting firms Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Timshel Purdum is Assistant Vice President, Public Experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. At the Academy, she leads the cross departmental Experience Planning Committee responsible for ensuring an excellent visitor experience in the museum. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and AmeriCorps foundations and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Museum Educator’s Roundtable. She has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary, and a M.A. in Environmental Education from the New Jersey School of Conservation, Montclair State University. She’s had the pleasure of spending one week in the field with BBPI for the last few years. She’s been in the science education field for over 20 years and will continue to do so until they nail shut her recyclable coffin. Her favorite color is blue, her favorite number is 8 (infinity y’all) and as far as she is
concerned, cephalopods rule the universe.