The Alcor Team
Max More, Ph.D., ext. 113
President & Chief Executive Officer
An internationally recognized advocate of the effective and ethical use of technology for life extension and cryopreservation, Dr. More brings experience in running non-profit organizations, many years of analyzing and writing about business organizations, and a long commitment to Alcor's mission. More joined Alcor in 1986 as its 67th member, founded Alcor-UK (originally Mizar Limited) in the same year, and has participated in several cryopreservations. Dr. More co-founded and until 2007 acted as Chairman of Extropy Institute, an educational non-profit organization that created the modern "transhumanist" movement, whose goals centrally include extending healthy human life span.
More has a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from St. Anne's College, Oxford University (1984-87). He was awarded a Dean's Fellowship in Philosophy in 1987 by the University of Southern California. He studied and taught philosophy at USC with an emphasis on philosophy of mind, ethics, and personal identity, completing his Ph.D. in 1995, with a dissertation that examined issues including the nature of death, and what it is about each individual that continues despite great change over time.
Marvin Minsky, “the father of artificial intelligence”, said of Dr. More: “We have a dreadful shortage of people who know so much, can both think so boldly and clearly, and can express themselves so articulately.”
Diane Cremeens, ext. 132
Membership Department Coordinator
Diane works in the Membership Services department, and her primary responsibility is assisting applicants in becoming Alcor members. In addition to explaining Alcor's services to prospective clients, she also serves as the liaison between existing Alcor members and the organization by keeping the membership files updated and monitoring membership status issues such as funding.
Before coming to Alcor, Diane owned her own sewing business, "The Sewing Room". She belonged to the North Valley Business Network, a group of small businesses in her local area. She networked to gain business leads and exchange business experience with other local business owners.
From 1989 to 1998 Diane worked for Community Care Network (CCN), a medical insurance company. Diane started out in the Provider Contracting department, working with physicians, hospitals and other medical facilities. She eventually moved up to Office Manager. She worked with six department heads and made sure everyone had what they needed to complete their jobs, from office supplies to computer equipment.
Aaron Drake, NREMT-P, CCT, ext. 104
Medical Response Director
Aaron Drake is a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic (NREMT-P) and a Certified Cardiovascular Technologist (CCT) who serves as Alcor's Medical Response Director. In this position he is responsible for the standby, stabilization and transport operations of the Alcor Foundation. He also ensures the timely preparation of detailed cryopreservation case reports. In conjunction with the Readiness Coordinator, he maintains Alcor's patient stabilization and transport processes by ensuring equipment is properly maintained for emergency deployment, field personnel are adequately trained, and the highest quality of care is delivered to Alcor's patients. He supervises the certification process for Alcor's technicians and conducts regular training sessions for regional groups within the United States and overseas.
Prior to joining the Alcor staff, Aaron worked as a paramedic firefighter for 14 years in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. He has served with FEMAs Urban Search and Rescue program for emergency preparedness planning and has performed rescue and recovery efforts in response to national disasters. Most recently, he managed operations for a nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging company for cardiologists in the southwest. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.
Steve Graber, ext. 121
Technical & Readiness Coordinator
Steve Graber became Alcor's Technical & Readiness Coordinator in July 2010. In this role, he works with Alcor's Transport Coordinator to perform standbys, postmortem stabilization, and transport of Alcor patients to Alcor's cryopreservation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Steve is also responsible for purchasing, inventorying, and maintaining supplies and equipment necessary for cryonics procedures at remote locations and at Alcor's Scottsdale facility. Additionally, he participates in training and outfitting regional groups around the world that assist with stabilization and transport of Alcor patients. Utilizing his design and fabrication skills, Steve will also work with Alcor's Research Fellow, Equipment Fabricator, and R&D Committee to design, construct, test, and validate new procedures and equipment.
Steve graduated with a degree in Architecture and Fine art from Goshen College. His background and expertise are widely varied, with practical and managerial experience in many areas. His IT skills range from computer software and hardware design, desktop application programming, 3D animation, video editing and desktop publishing, and CAD design. He is also proficient in automotive design, engineering, manufacturing, and fabrication, having constructed of his own two-seat, mid-engine sports car.
Before joining the Alcor staff, Steve worked as an outside contractor for Alcor for nearly a year. During that time he assisted in nearly all incoming patient cases, including participating in local standby work. He also redesigned and constructed the Alcor emergency response vehicle and produced ISO 9001 compliant SOP documentation for numerous Alcor procedures and equipment.
Hugh Hixon, Jr., ext. 103
Hugh commenced employment at Alcor in 1982 as the Facilities Engineer. He is in charge of technology application and development, systems maintenance, and institutional memory research applications. Hugh has participated in a record number of cryopreservations.
Hugh is the inventor of the "crackphone", a device which determines cracking temperature and degree of cracking, first with glycerol perfusion, and now with new cryoprotectant and vitrification systems. He is the initial fabricator of the Bigfoot Patient Pod System and modified the MVE Bigfoot dewar design for simpler manufacture. Hugh designed and was instrumental in constructing the Patient Care LN2 Bulk Fill System, in addition to conceiving, designing, and constructing the LN2 Vacuum Transfer System and the LN2 Vapor Cloud Extractor. He is the designer and builder of the Mobile Advanced Rescue Cart (MARC), and was involved in the construction of its predecessor, the Cryovita Labs Mobile Advanced Life Support System (MALSS).
Hugh served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1972 as an Aerospace Munitions Officer. He was stationed at Nellis AFB, Taegu AFB in Korea, and Canon AFB. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Redlands and an M.S. in Biochemistry from California State University at Long Beach. Hugh is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Space Access, and Alcor.
Marji Klima, Ext. 101
Front Office Administrator
Marji Klima joined the team at Alcor as Front Office Administrator in May 2013. Marji's responsibilities include administrative support in membership services, marketing, office management, and technical operations.
Prior to coming to Alcor, Marji owned and operated a medical transcription service in the Phoenix area for over 20 years and worked with many physicians and their staff over the years to maintain up to date and accurate confidential medical records. Marji is also a certified fitness instructor and teaches a variety of classes including Yoga, Pilates, Spin and aerobics with Yoga being her primary focus. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in education and special education and taught special education prior to becoming a business owner.
Bonnie Magee, Ext. 114
Bonnie Magee became Alcor’s Finance Director in 2009. Her duties include overseeing Alcor’s accounting and financial reporting. Bonnie graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2001 with a Bachelor in Accounting. She worked in public accounting for a total of eight years in Glastonbury, Connecticut and San Diego, California prior to moving to Scottsdale to join the Alcor staff. She specialized in business audits and reviews, as well as working in many areas of business accounting and reporting. Bonnie has been an enthusiastic member of Alcor since 2005, and was an active member of the Southern California Transport Team prior to moving to Scottsdale. She was also a member of the New England regional team while living in Connecticut.
R. Michael Perry, Ph.D., ext. 109
Care Services Manager
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 past 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.
Jerry Searcy, ext. 131
Jerry is our indispensible full-time volunteer, performing tasks assigned by anyone. He assists in general cleaning, shopping for and storing supplies, computer work, offering transportation to visitors, and helping organize meetings.
Jerry served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964, where he serviced equipment used to maintain fighter jets. After this he attended school learning computer programming. He worked for Nevada Power Company from 1966 to 1969, and after that worked for Clark County Public Works until retiring in 1997 when he relocated to Scottsdale to work as a volunteer for Alcor.
Lisa Shock, ext. 115
As Member Communications Director, Lisa answers members' questions about Alcor, provides members with a variety of ways to volunteer for Alcor, and assists members in making donations and bequests to Alcor.
Previous employment experience includes marketing, social media, and online community management for Tecmo, Inc., as well as positions as store manager, district manager, and marketing director with several well-known American retailers. Lisa's love of food led her to become a professional chef. She holds the Le Cordon Bleu Diplôme de Pâtisserie, master level certification in a variety of Patisserie, Wine and Mixology subjects, Pastry Culinarian certification with the American Culinary Federation, and Bread Baker's Guild of America membership. Employment experience includes directing a test kitchen, Executive Chef for a catering company, and professor of Baking and Pastry at Mesa Community College.
Lisa joined Alcor in the early 1990s and has volunteered in a variety of roles including participating in cryopreservations. She has served on the board of directors of Le Cordon Bleu alumni association and, in the 1980s, she served as board secretary of the non-profit Sun Library in Santa Fe, NM.