Board of Directors
Aschwin de Wolf
Aschwin de Wolf (profile here) lives in Portland, Oregon and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. He moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2000 and joined the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in January 2003. He worked as Chief Financial Officer and Cryopreservation Technologies Manager for Suspended Animation, Inc. from 2004 until 2007 where he played an important role in numerous aspects of the company, ranging from the study and development of stabilization technologies to financial and administrative matters.
Aschwin is a Director and researcher for Advanced Neural Biosciences, is the editor of Cryonics magazine, serves as a consultant for a number of cryonics organizations, has published technical articles on various cryonics topics (list here). His interests include neural cryobiology, cerebral ischemia, and rejuvenation technologies. His Facebook profile can be found here.
Chana Williford lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a business manager and biomedical researcher. She holds a B.S. in Experimental Psychology (2001), an M.S. in Cognition and Neuroscience (2003), and has extensive management and laboratory experience. She has several years of experience working as a research assistant in a variety of laboratory environments, and has taught college-level courses in neuroscience lab methods and biology. She is a Director and researcher for Advanced Neural Biosciences.
Chana joined as a member of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in 2007 where she also worked as a Research Associate at Alcor to help build a sustainable, multi-faceted cryonics research program.
Gregory Jordan lives in Tampa, Florida. He has a Master’s degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Arts and Sciences. He is currently a research coordinator at a self-supporting educational business auxiliary at the University of South Florida. Research projects he directed include school and curriculum evaluation, youth substance abuse prevention program design and evaluation, public health funding analysis, community service program outcome tracking, and counseling service program evaluation. He has written grant proposals, presented at conferences, published articles and reports, taught courses in professional writing and education and has directed workshops in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey.
Greg has been a member of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation since 2004. Over the years he has attended various cryonics meetings, training events and conferences, and organized a local cryonics / life extension group in his area. His interests include practical interventions for life extension, improving cryonics technologies and services, and low cost alternatives to cryonics.
R. Michael Perry, PhD
Dr. Perry was hired by Alcor in 1989 following two years of volunteer work at the Foundation. Dr. Perry monitors Alcor’s dewars, provides facility surveillance during off-work hours, and performs writing tasks and computer programming. He has authored or contributed to the automated cooldown and perfusion modeling programs and has maintained the patient log books for many years. He is a regular contributor to Alcor newsletters. He has been a member of Alcor since 1984.
Prior to working at Alcor, Dr. Perry worked as a computer programmer – from 1968 until 1987. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1969 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from Colorado University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same institution in 1984.
Dr. Perry is a Director and an ordained minister of the Society for Venturism and performs wedding ceremonies and memorial services for this IRS-recognized, scientific and religious organization. He is also a cofounder and currently president of the Society for Universal Immortalism, a group dedicated to the hope that all persons who ever lived will eventually be resurrected through scientific means.
Dr. Perry has authored two books: Toward Self-Optimization of Machine Intelligence (Ph.D. Thesis), Los Osos, CA: Dove Systems, 1984; and Forever for All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality , Parkland, FL: Universal Publishers, 2000. Prior to his Alcor experience Dr. Perry authored or coauthored several journal papers and technical reports on computerized tomography, for applications ranging from medicine to solar physics.
Benjamin P. Best
Ben Best was elected President of the Cryonics Institute in September, 2003.
Ben discovered cryonics many years ago, when he bought Robert Ettinger’s PROSPECT OF IMMORTALITY in a health-food store in Vancouver, Canada. He has been deeply involved in cryonics since the late 1980s, and was one of the founders of the Cryonics Society of Canada (CSC), was President for most of the 1990s, and remains a Director of that organization.
Ben is also President of the Institute For Neural Cryobiology, the charitable organization that funded the Hippocampal Slice Cryopreservation Project (HSCP) which was executed by Dr. Yuri Pichugin. Ben was also formerly a President of the CryoCare Foundation.
In addition to his organizational activities since the late 1980s, Ben has attended virtually every significant cryonics conference. His travels have allowed him to meet cryonicists in Australia/New Zealand and Europe as well as throughout North America.
In recent years Ben Best has lived and worked as a professional computer programmer in Toronto, Canada, specializing in database applications in the financial and banking industries.
Ben has written extensively on the subject of cryonics, life extension and many other topics. Many of his writings on these subjects can be found on his website.
To read his writings on cryonics topics (many of which are technical in nature) see the cryonics section on his website.