President, Board Member
Ian is retired from a career in Electro-Optics spanning 32 years. He has a Degree in Physics and Masters of Applied Mathematics (Quantum Theory) from La Trobe University, Australia. During his time at La Trobe he was responsible for the Physics Department telescope mounted on the building rooftop. He has had a lifelong interest in optics and astronomy. He retired to Jackson Hole to pursue outdoor interests including hiking, biking, kayaking and astronomy in this remarkable environment.
Vice President, Board Member
Mike graduated from MIT in 1971 as a PHd in the area of solid state physics and worked at General Electric from 1971 until his retirement in 2000. Since retirement Mike has been active with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (the IEEE, the largest technical society in the world) including being its president in 2003. Mike has been pursuing his hobbies of astronomy and photography as well as traveling on two "trips of a lifetime" each year. Mike recently has combined his hobbies of astronomy and photography and is taking astro photographs using his 6" and 14" telescopes in Wyoming. Mike has been giving talks on a number of topics in astronomy, geology, and travel to groups in NY and the Astronomy and Geology clubs in Jackson as well as the Arm Chair Adventure series in Jackson.
Treasurer, Board Member
Amira Burns grew up an avid reader and full-time daydreamer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelors in English Literature in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management in 2013 from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Amira’s studies have instilled a passion for Social Entrepreneurship, finding innovative ways to combine the nonprofit and for-profit spheres to create added social value. She moved to Jackson in September 2013 to explore the Tetons and spend more time outdoors. She currently pursues her passion for business development as the Community Organizer for Healthy Being Juicery. In her spare time, Amira enjoys playing the violin, trail running, and reading the classics.
Mr. Mead is a Wyoming native, cattle rancher, and an attorney along with his wife Kate in the law firm Mead & Mead in Jackson. He is also the founder and CEO of Wyoming Whiskey. He currently writes a column for the Jackson Hole News & Guide and serves on various advisory boards. In addition, Mr. Mead is a passionate amateur astronomer, which has led to him to construct his own personal observatory and to become a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Mr. Chapman is a long time resident of Jackson Hole. He is the owner of Brooks Lake Lodge and CEO of Snow King Mountain Resort. Astronomy is one of his many passions.
Mary Coyne splits her time between D.C. and Jackson. She is currently the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for AR Global. Her son attends the Jackson Hole Community School. Mary is excited about stargazing and promoting science public outreach opportunities in Jackson/
Executive Director, Stargazing Leader
Dr. Samuel Singer grew up exploring the high desert in Yerington, Nevada. Study for a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy took him to Hampshire College and the deciduous forests of the east coast, where he discovered his love for outdoor science education. He earned a Masters in Science Education – Environment & Natural Resources by way of the Teton Science Schools and the University of Wyoming. Over the past decade Samuel has worked as an outdoor educator and wilderness guide in Wyoming and across the country. Samuel is also an accomplished astronomy educator and amateur astronomer. He has built a couple Dobsonian telescopes and has helped both Hampshire College and the Teton science Schools build small observatories. Three years ago he completed his doctorate degree in Science Education from the University of Wyoming. His dissertation research focused on spirituality in outdoor environmental education. After wrapping up his dissertation he founded Wyoming Stargazing as a way to further his passion for helping others explore “the extraordinary in the ordinary”. On his time off, he enjoys meditation, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and long distance running.
Webmaster, Graphic Designer
Mike received his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 and 2004 respectively. His first glimpse of a real night sky came in 2004, shortly before moving west for the first time. At the same time he was discovering photography, the idea of photographing such a night sky, in addition to the natural world, was beginning to grow more and more intriguing. He moved to Phoenix the same year where the needless urban sprawl introduced him to the concept of light pollution, something that became more and more evident as he escaped the city in favor of mountain vistas and night skies. After seeing his first grizzly bears in 2008, he moved up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to capture a more intact natural ecosystem as well as a spectacular night sky through his camera. Jackson Hole has been his home ever since where he’s begun educating people on not just the daytime ecosystem, but also life after dark in the region and what light pollution means to both humans and wildlife. His favorite subjects to photograph are wild predators, mountain vistas, and of course, a dark night sky.
Program Coordinator; Stargazing Leader
Rebecca graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, with a concentration in Astrophysics and a minor in Astronomy . She spent part of her youth in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., exploring the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed with her parents and dogs. The rest of her time was spent here in Jackson, where she hiked with her family and learned to ski. Her love for astronomy was sparked by a trip to the Lowell Observatory at age 11, where she saw M51 and M13 for the first time. Since then, she has fallen in love with the universe and all of its contents, and is passionate about helping others experience those wonders. In her free time she enjoys good coffee, cycling, hiking, skiing, live music, walking her dog Kepler, and science fiction (in all forms).