Board of Directors

Learn more about the people who volunteer to keep IFREE Mission-Driven and open for new opportunities:

Board MembersOfficers

Board of Directors

Tucker Andersen
Tucker Andersen briefly pursued various occupational opportunities, then spent twenty-seven years with the private investment partnership Cumberland Associates, including fifteen years as a co-managing partner of the firm. Subsequent to his retirement from that position, he founded Above All Advisors, a consulting and investment firm. In addition, he is on several advisory and private company boards. These include the Questech Corporation, Value Insight Partners, a fund of funds specializing in hedge funds with a fundamental value orientation and Artificial Cell Technologies, an early stage nanotech-biotech venture firm pursuing research in the development of artificial vaccines. He served on the board of trustees at the Phillips Exeter Academy for ten years including positions as vice-president and chairs of both the executive and investment committees. Following his retirement from the Exeter board, he has remained a member of the investment committee. His service since 1989 makes him the longest serving member of that committee. He currently serves as a trustee and member of the investment committee of Wesleyan University. Among other board positions, he also serves on the board and the executive committee of the Cato Institute and as a trustee of the Warren, CT Congregational church. He received his B.A. in Quantitative Studies from Wesleyan University in 1963. Tucker is the recipient of both the Wesleyan Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Exeter Founder’s Day Award. He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and an Associate Member of the Society of Actuaries.

Cary Deck
Dr. Cary Deck is a professor of economics at the University of Alabama and also serves as the Director of  The Interactive Decision Experiment (TIDE) Lab. His research uses controlled laboratory experiments to investigate a wide array of topics from market institutions to individual choice behavior. Dr. Deck’s work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Federal Trade Commission and has been published in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Review of Economic Studies among others. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and has been an affiliate of the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics in Prague, the Rasmuson Chair in Economics at the University of Alaska – Anchorage, and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He currently serves as the Co-Editor for the Southern Economic Journal and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

Robert Gasaway
BOD, Chairman of the Board
Robert R. Gasaway is a partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing on constitutional and administrative law and litigation, with a specialty in representing clients in the preparation of multi-forum trial and appellate strategies in high-risk cases. Rob has served as lead counsel for parties in cases before the United States Supreme Court and many U.S. Courts of Appeal, State Supreme Courts, and intermediate state appellate courts. In addition to representing clients in court proceedings, Rob is a recognized expert on legal reform and constitutional law issues, frequent speaker at legal conferences and contributor to legal publications. A law graduate of the University of Chicago, Rob has worked as a business consultant and earned two masters degrees from Yale University.

Diane Kaplan
In 2001, Diane Kaplan was named president of the Anchorage, Alaska-based Rasmuson Foundation. She began administering the Foundation in 1995. From 1994-2001, Diane’s consulting company provided management and government relations services to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and Native corporations and tribes. She was previously president and chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network. Diane earned a degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She attended executive management programs at the Wharton School, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Diane was appointed by Governor’s Murkowski, Palin and Parnell to the Alaska Children’s Trust and currently serves as its Chair. Diane is a member of the board of the Alaska Community Foundation and a founding board member of United States Artists. She is an advisory board member of the Anchorage Schools Foundation, University of Alaska Honors College, Philanthropy Northwest and a member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy Issues Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Anchorage Rotary Club. Diane received the Ted Stevens Award from the First Alaskans Institute in 2013 and the Denali Award in 2006 from the Alaska Federation of Natives, the highest honors given to non-Native people by those organizations.Diane received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award, the highest honor awarded by the Council on Foundations, in 2007. Her community contributions have also been recognized by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, YWCA, and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Society.


Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy is Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Lecture Professor at Nankai University in Tianjin China. His research focuses on the use of experimental methods to address environmental policy and natural resource management issues. Recent research areas include management of Alaskan fisheries, design and enforcement of emissions trading programs, development of natural gas markets in Alaska, subsistence harvests by the indigenous people of Alaska and Russia. His favorite pastime is spending time with his family. In the summers he enjoys hiking and biking in mountains around Anchorage. In the winter you can find him cross-country skiing or riding his fat-tire snow bike.


Vernon Smith
BOD, President/Founder and Secretary
Vernon L Smith serves as Professor of Law and Economics and the George L. Argyros Endowed Chair in Finance and Economics, and is also a Professor Emeritus at George Mason University. When Vernon Smith started IFREE in 1997, his vision at the time was to create an institution that would nourish research and education based on his and his colleagues at the University of Arizona’s experience of the many ways in which their work had changed the way they thought about economics. He was already astonished, looking back over his previous 40 years, by the unpredictable changes and directions taken by what had become known as “experimental economics”. Vernon believes that IFREE has become an essential part of a diverse exploration focused on people and their development of the ideas, the technology, the methodology that define what he and other experimentalists have become. For Vernon, it is immensely gratifying to be part of this learning process.

Carol Breckner
IFREE Treasurer
Carol Breckner has been a financial advisor to IFREE since its inception in 1997 and Treasurer since 2006. During her business career she was the CFO of Alamito Company, an electric utility in the independent power business and Assistant Treasurer of Tucson Electric Power Company. She has also consulted on the financing of major power plants. She has volunteered for organizations providing training of service dogs for people with disabilities, including in a prison where inmates cared for and trained dogs for this purpose.

Candace Smith
IFREE Vice President
Candace Smith appreciates the tradition, values, vision and mission that ground IFREE and characterize the Founder, Vernon L. Smith. In the volunteer position of IFREE Vice President, she assists the President and the Board of Directors, and coordinates the the bi-annual newsletter and website input. Candace is the founding manager of “Candace Smith Etiquette,” an educational company that offers customized, interactive, practical learning sessions in social and business etiquette for university groups, businesses, civic and sponsored youth groups.

Megan Luetje
Technical Production Coordinator, Communications and Media Outreach
Orange, CA