The People Making it Happen

Board Members

  • Ian Edwards, M.S. Applied Mathematics

    President, Board Member

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    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

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    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.

  • Brad Mead

    Board Member

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    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

    Board Member

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    Mary and her family, Bill and Ethan Kolasky, moved to Wilson in 2015 from Washington, D.C., after many years of vacationing in the valley. Mary has decades of experience with the in-house practice of law including as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at both Verizon Communications and AR Global, where she was responsible for litigation. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, where she was a member of the Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and practiced at various law firms. She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree from George Washington University. Mary is passionate about space and astronomy, ancient history, literature, archeology, and her shepherd-mix, Tag.

  • Scott Kirkpatrick

    Board Member

    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.

  • Liz Moseley

    Board Member

    As a seasoned search professional with more than 12 years of experience, Liz has assisted more than 200 searches in higher education, for independent schools, and in the nonprofit sector, identifying and recruiting academic and administrative leaders.Prior to joining Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Liz served as a consultant in the Education Practice at A.T. Kearney. Previously, she served as a search coordinator at an international search firm placing senior executives in academic and nonprofit institutions for clients based in North America and abroad. Prior to entering the executive search industry, she held a position in the Regulatory Advisory Practice at KPMG Peat Marwick. Liz is active in a number of community organizations. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation (TVSEF) Board. In the summer of 2018 she led the search for the TVSEF executive director. She also works closely with the Jackson Hole Community School Gala Committee each year. She is the spouse of a retired Naval Officer and the mother of three boys. They enjoy spending time in the outdoors.

  • Don Jaekle

    Board Member

    Don is, and has been, working in the aerospace industry for 36 years designing and analyzing propulsion system components for spacecraft.  He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Fluid Mechanics from Yale and MIT. After leaving MIT, he started a small business providing engineering design and analysis of propellant management devices (PMDs) for spacecraft.  PMDs use surface tension to control liquids in zero gravity.  He has designed components for several space based telescopes including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the future James Webb Space Telescope. He moved to Jackson Hole with his wife six years ago and is fortunate enough to continue his career in this great place.

  • Peta Roubin

    Board Member

    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.

  • Kathleen Glover

    Treasurer, Board Member

    Kathleen Glover and her husband, Mike, have lived full time in Jackson since 2015, after splitting their time for several years between the Washington, D.C. area and Wyoming. Kathleen is a CPA and formerly worked as a finance director for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) and at public accounting firms in D.C. and Albany, New York. She was previously active in a number of charitable, educational and community organizations in the Northern Virginia area, as well as coaching several sport and academic teams. Kathleen is enjoying retirement in the Jackson area, and is excited about sharing her interest in the Wyoming skies with the community and visitors.

  • Beckett Hinckley

    Board Member

    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.

If you’re interested in joining Wyoming Stargazing’s board of directors, please contact Executive Director, Anne Marie Wells, at Anne.Marie@WyomingStargazing.org

Staff

  • Anne Marie Wells, M.S. Ecology

    Executive Director

    Anne Marie hails from upstate New York where she completed her undergraduate studies earning a B.S. in Environment and Animal sciences. After working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and an environmental education nonprofit, she moved to Coimbra, Portugal where she attended the European Masters in Applied Ecology program. In 2013 she finished her graduate work in science communication and education.

    Since moving to Jackson in 2014, she worked as a preschool director and the assistant director for Jackson Hole Writers. She is thrilled to be a part of the Wyoming Stargazing team. She believes fostering individuals’ connections to the stars can foster connection, compassion, and peace within communities themselves. When she is not working with Wyoming Stargazing, Anne Marie enjoys reading, playwriting, storytelling, performing in the community theater, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Bella Bird.

    Anne.Marie@WyomingStargazing.org

  • Samuel Singer, PhD Science Education

    Founder, Director of Education, Stargazing Leader

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    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 and 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 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, yoga, and long distance running.

    Samuel@WyomingStargazing.org

  • Stargazing Leaders

Our Stargazing Leaders come from coast to coast every summer to help you explore the heavens. They all have bachelor degrees in Astronomy, Physics, or related fields.  In additional to being brilliant, they are also great story tellers. So, be sure to ask them all your burning questions about the Cosmos.