Board of Advisors
Conservatory president Isaac Botkin is the eldest son of Geoffrey Botkin and has served most recently as a director of First Pacific Media. He is a popular lecturer at the San Antonio Christian Film Academy, having spent more than a decade as an acclaimed special effects supervisor and studio manager.
His first major graphics project was in 1995 with the US Naval Office of Undersea Warfare, where he worked in cooperation with scientists from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. While co-producing a number of documentaries, he served as an instructor in 2-D and 3-D animation and digital editing at Deerwood Studios. In 1999 he served in an advisory capacity at the Family Television Network of New Zealand, and for University-level media courses at Lifeway College, where he was involved in advanced training of photojournalists, high-end graphic design and live news production.
In 2000 he was a supervising animator at the largest television animation studio in New Zealand, helping to design and build one of the most advanced studios in the southern hemisphere. He then assisted in recruiting talented animators from Russia, Japan, France, Canada, Argentina, England, with whom he worked on an internationally televised children's program. It was in this position he met co-production colleagues in New Zealand's highly successful independent film industry.
In 2001 he served as the senior design executive for a conglomerate whose holdings included broadcast television, newspaper and internet companies. In this capacity he worked in a managerial capacity in literally every area of media and IT technology. Isaac's experience and reputation have allowed him to correspond as a colleague or peer with the leading technicians and artists in film. Isaac is the author of the book Outside Hollywood, which discusses the future of independent film industries.
Advisor Don Hart is a devoted husband, father, attorney, and pastor. Don's efforts as a church leader and attorney are directed toward encouraging and promoting the return of the church and the Christian family to their biblical foundations. Don lives in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife D'Ann home educate their six children.
Dr. Matthew T. Clark graduated from the University of Georgia in 1991 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He then graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995, where he was elected to the medical honor society, AOA. He then went on to serve as a medical officer and flight surgeon in the United States Navy, leaving the Navy in 2003 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While in the Navy, he completed an internship in Family Medicine in 1996 and a residency in Aerospace Medicine in 1999. He also earned his Master in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998. Dr. Clark moved to North Augusta in 2003 to complete pediatrics training at the Medical College of Georgia. He finished this training in 2006 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
After completing his pediatric residency, Dr. Clark stayed at the Medical College of Georgia to complete a fellowship in pediatric and adult allergy, asthma and immunology. He finished this training in 2008 and is Board Certified with the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He is a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He is the founder and owner of Covenant Family Allergy in North Augusta, SC. Matt, his wife Katherine, and their seven children, delight in the Lord’s mercy and goodness toward them and strive to live every moment “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matt is a church leader and teacher and a dominion man devoted to the work of reformation so badly needed in today’s family, church, civil government and private enterprise.
James H. Vernier, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist, licensed to practice medicine in 3 states, and has also spent time practicing in the rural mountain regions of Mexico on numerous short-term mission trips over the past two decades. Dr. Vernier has had a strong interest in the origins of the political and religious freedoms for which our forefathers sacrificed dearly, and the rapidity at which these freedoms are being eroded in our nation.
Now residing in middle Tennessee, Dr. Vernier, with his family, continues to explore and pursue the work to be done in rebuilding the foundation of law through introducing individuals and families to a right relationship with their Creator. This involves a recognition that God is the source of all law, and that obedience to His revealed will and its application in all areas of our culture, is the only solution to the problems that we face today. Areas to be addressed include family life, bioethics, media, film and music. Dr. Vernier and his wife, Gari, are the grateful parents of 6 home-educated children.
Geoffrey Botkin, veteran traveler, lecturer, filmmaker, and father of seven, serves as a senior consultant and board member for the conservatory. More about Geoffrey Botkin.
A Message From Geoffrey Botkin
Why do historians call the family “the basic unit of society?” Because families build and then preserve the foundations of civilization. Parents and children can work together and learn together and create the very fabric of culture. When families know what they’re doing, the adventure of family life is stimulating beyond description. And home life becomes happy and highly rewarding. The families here at Western Conservatory are on an exhilarating mission to find and publish the lost secrets and tools families need to build the future. We are extraordinarily optimistic about the 21st century because we see so many American families rediscovering solid ground and a vision for freedom. Come with us on this journey of faith and promise. Let’s build the future together.