Ian Edwards, M.S. Applied Mathematics
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.
Mike Adler, PhD Physics
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 recently combined his hobbies of astronomy and photography and is taking astro photographs using his 6″ and 20″ telescopes in Wyoming. Mike has been giving talks on a number of topics in astronomy, geology, and travel to groups in New York and Jackson.
Secretary, Board Member
Elisabeth serves Jackson’s business community as the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Director. She has eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as the Director of Rendezvous Park (R Park), Jackson Hole’s 40-acre park for the enjoyment of all, for free. She is a burgeoning stargazing enthusiast who does her best to avoid flying over her mountain bike’s handlebars.
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.
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.
Scott Kirkpatrick is a long time resident of Jackson, WY and is the founder and president of Teton Capital Advisers LLC, managers of the Teton Capital Fund, LP, which was sold in 2016. Since the sale, Scott has been active in numerous WY initiatives, most notably serving as the Chairman of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Prior to Teton Capital, Scott worked at A.G. Edwards where he won the Albert Gallatin Award, and at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in Mergers and Acquisitions. He attended Vassar College and the Haverford School. Scott lives in Wilson, WY with his wife and two daughters, one of whom shares his passion for Wyoming stargazing.
Peta Roubin has a background in health care and business, combining studies in both Nursing and Economics at Sydney University, Australia. Peta spent her career blending this background in the medical device industry, with her primary responsibilities developing and marketing medical products on a worldwide basis as well as in raising health care standards in some third world countries, including China and India. Peta has been involved in a range of nonprofit organizations, including homeless shelters, hospitals in New York City and in Jackson Hole. Her other interests include being involved in providing educational opportunities to all demographics in the Jackson Hole area, which is how she became connected with Wyoming Stargazing. She is an outstanding advocate of the science education programs we offer.
Becket Hinckley is a District Attorney in Jackson, Wyoming. He is also a space enthusiast and as has met more astronauts than probably anyone else living in Jackson full-time.
Samuel Singer, PhD Science Education
Executive Director, Stargazing Leader
Samuel grew up exploring the high desert in Yerington, Nevada, which is where he first fell in love with the night sky. Study for a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy took him to Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts. Samuel built a couple Dobsonian telescopes and helped to establish a small observatory at Hampshire College as part of his bachelor’s degree. While at Hampshire, the deciduous forests of the east coast, led Samuel to discover his love for outdoor science education. He earned a Masters in Natural Science– Environment & Natural Resources by way of the Teton Science Schools and the University of Wyoming. Samuel built a second small observatory for the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole during his masters program. He has also been recognized by NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador, as well as by the IGES and NASA in their Top Stars program for an astronomy lesson plan he wrote.
In 2013, Samuel 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.
Hannah Pagel, MS Astronomy
Program Coordinator, Stargazing Leader
Hannah grew up on an apple farm in Michigan where she quickly developed a passion for exploring the wonders of the universe. Deciding to turn that passion into a career, Hannah went to Calvin College where she earned her B.S. in Physics. She spent her time researching asteroid collisions and variable stars and traveling the country to find incredible views of the night sky. After spending a summer working on the Mars rover Curiosity at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Hannah moved to Indiana University and earned her M.A. in Astronomy. At IU, Hannah researched other galaxies and developed a passion for STEM education and outreach through her work as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the IU Astronomy Department. Hannah’s love for stargazing, the outdoors, and education brought her to Wyoming Stargazing in the fall of 2018. When she’s not stargazing, Hannah can be found rock climbing, reading, hiking, or just simply enjoying the outdoors.
Mike Cavaroc, M.F.A.
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.