OUR MISSION: to send prominent researchers into the field to explore the anthropological sciences including archaeology, biology and the performing arts.
Over the years, our organization has collaborated with world-renown institutions as diverse as Yellowstone National Park, the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard University. Main projects have included the archaeological excavations in the Loiyangalani River Basin in the World Heritage Serengeti National Park, the Global Thermal Inventory, and Japan Orfeo.
We have had the privilege of participating in the Kingdom of Bhutan since 2006 on projects big and small, including: the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring the Kingdom of Bhutan; Exclusive Resorts Once-in-a-lifetime Bhutan; 2013 Opera Bhutan (operabhutan.com); and the 2017 Sister Marathons Peace Initiative Bhutan Marathon and Retreat (sistermarathons.org).
Board of Directors
Jonathan Morales grew up in West Central Minnesota and graduated from Willmar High School in 2004. After taking a year off of school to travel Mexico, Central, and South America Jon returned to Minnesota to pursue a career in Environmental Conservation.
Jon graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor in Psychology. While at UMD, he worked for the Center for Sustainable Community Development studying wind resources up Minnesota’s North Shore and promoting community scale wind development.
After Graduating from UMD, he had the privilege to work at the Yellowstone National Park GIS department conducting a hydrological study on Grayling Creek with the aim to improve native Arctic Grayling and Westslope Cutthroat Trout populations. The internship at Yellowstone was made possible by Serengeti Genesis and was a great introduction to the innovative work already being done by them. This experience solidified Jon’s natural resource ethic and mission to work to preserve and protect some of the world’s greatest resources.
Upon graduating Jon dove right into his work as an environmentalist firstly working with aerial photography and then at an environmental learning center. Currently Jon is employed as the Watershed Program Manager for the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District. This Position has been a great fit for him combining his passions for conservation, education, and working with people.
Jonathan lives in Spicer, Minnesota with his wife, Holly. Together they have two future conservationists, Amelia and Audrey. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking and swimming. He loves to explore in the great north woods and adventure with his family. He looks forward to engaging people throughout the world through work with Serengeti Genesis.
Bill Fischer is the co-founder and executive director of Serengeti Genesis. Bill graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in anthropology and has focused his career in archaeological and biological sciences. In the last fifteen years, Bill has designed and implemented programs in Tanzania, Russia, USA, Chile, Japan and Bhutan. His curated destination trips to Bhutan and Tanzania have delighted travelers the world over, including the 2008 Bhutan – Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Opera Bhutan, Japan Orfeo and the 2017 Sister Marathons Peace Initiative Bhutan Marathon and Retreat.
Though Bill is a world traveler, he prefers long-term deep dives into countries, learning culture, language and prehistory over decades rather than weeks. Bill, his wife and their four children split their time between the mountains of Nagano, Japan and the great outdoors of Duluth, MN.
Raised on a farm in Central Minnesota, Jon Thralow learned the value of hard work and honesty early. After finishing his degree in engineering, he joined his brother’s business, putting his knowledge of technology and statistics to work as director of marketing and technology for Thralow Inc. Jon was responsible for building and marketing the family of websites that propelled Thralow Inc. to the top of the technological revolution. His track record of website stability was the buzz of the open source community, and strategic, statistics-based marketing got Thralow Inc. to a combined sales volume of $30,000,000 per year before the company was sold in 2006. Jon lives in rural Wisconsin, and loves getting outside and enjoying all the benefits of country living with his wife and four children.
Charlie Hughes grew up in Wayzata, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in accounting and communications. Charlie has had a long career in the field of medicine both as a partner in the Dynamic Healing Center Clinic in Alexandria, MN as well as in the medical devices sector, working for ImpediMed, SeeMD and Vayas Health. A “boarder” to the end of time (skateboarder, snowboarder and wakeboarder), Charlie has been a coach and instructor at Foundation 725 Club church mentorship program.
Charlie has traveled the world extensively, and as a board member of Serengeti Genesis, brings our organization business relationships in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, England, Europe, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates and more. His intimate knowledge of the human body and specialized medicine is integral in the growth of our future health and wellness programs for the Sister Marathons Peace Initiative.
Charlie currently works for Nutrition Dynamics of Maple Plain, MN, the leading company in nutritional supplements. He stays active and fit with an outdoor lifestyle spending time with his 4 lovely children and their many friends. He enjoys cooking for family and friends using his knowledge of food as medicine.
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