About Us!

Who’s who in SEASS.

Leaders and Mentors

Adam McCulloch

Adam joined the outreach staff in 2017 as the lead educator for the Live Show to the Tokyo Science Museum and an operator of the 24 inch telescope. Adam studied physics at Carthage College where he developed a strong interest in planetarium program design and management. He also works part time for the Horwitz DeRemer Planetarium. Adam is putting this interest and experience to good use at GLAS leading planetarium programs with the Starlab recently donated to GLAS by the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society. Adam helps out with almost every program at GLAS. 

Email: [email protected]

Amanda Pagul

While still an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, she championed the return of students to Yerkes Observatory after a very long absence. Amanda went on to graduate school in California, where she began her work in galaxy lensing using Hubble Frontiers Fields data. She supports student research with the remotely operated Stone Edge Observatory telescope and provides design advice for all our web pages and publications. She devotes many hours each month leading research projects with GLAS students.

Email: [email protected]

Katya Gozman

Katya has infinite enthusiasm for anything related to astronomy/STEAM. She was an intern at Yerkes Observatory for the last two summers prior to the closing, involved in accessibilizing astronomy for blind and low-vision students through IDATA, being Intern Supervisor, writing code to learn about asteroids, and running nighttime viewings through the largest refracting telescope in the world. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she is pursuing a PhD in astronomy & astrophysics at the University of Michigan. ​

Email: [email protected]

Kate Meredith

Kate is the former Director of Yerkes Education Outreach (YEO) at Yerkes Observatory. She is passionate about making astronomy and STEAM accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or background, and keeping the Geneva Lakes community engaged in former YEO programs. She brings two key former YEO programs with her to GLAS Education: Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey outreach. Kate is the lead educator for the IDATA project, a software development grant to develop accessible astronomy image processing software.

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Marc Berthoud

Our outreach programs wouldn’t be the same without our engineers. Marc has been teaching students of all ages how to design, build, and program many of our tech projects over the past seven years. He is the person responsible for wonders such as students flying blimps under the Great Refractor and building radio telescopes to listen to the Space Station. Marc continues to help GLAS with engineering projects and mentoring high school students.

Matt Nowinski

We are very lucky to have Matt part of the Stone Edge Observatory team.  As an engineer at Boeing, Matt brings practical professional experience to his work with SEO.  He created Itzamna and Ixchel so that students can operate the SEO using nothing more than a phone running the Slack App.  One PhD was not enough for Matt.  In 2017 Matt added a PhD in Astronomy to his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering.  His dissertation included data gathered using the SEO. Matt has also been involved with astronomy education at all levels for many years as well.  

Student Leaders

Raphael Okere

Raphael is an undergraduate student in the department of Physics, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Nigeria. Raphael has a keen interest in astronomy and tends to pursue his career in astronomy. Raphael attended the West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA)2019. Raphael is also involved is some astronomy outreach programmes in Nigeria (Astrojet community, Young astronomers club (YAC)). For the past few months, Raphael has undergone tutoring by GLAS instructors. Raphael will help GLAS in mentoring students.

Nnaemeka Njoku-Achu

Nnaemeka spurred great passion for astronomy from childhood. He is a Science Officer at the NASRDA-Centre for Basic Space Science, Nsukka. He was once the President of the Amateur Astronomical Society, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) during his undergraduate days. He has attended workshops and several observation nights in astronomy. He was a participant (postgraduate stream) at the West Africa International Summer School for Young Astronomers in 2019.Nnaemeka has a BSc (Physics & Astronomy), MSc( Space/Atmospheric Physics ) and currently a PhD Student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, UNN. Nnaemeka will assist with mentoring students at GLAS.

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