Dr. Katherine Auld - Board Chair.     Adjunct Assistant Professor Northwest Arkansas Community College, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

Clint Branham - Board Vice Chair.   Senior systems Engineer, Cyber Security, Walmart

Blaine Sanders - Treasurer.   Fifth-grade science teacher @ Fayetteville Public Schools, founder SpaceChangeYourLife.

Dr. Anne Diallo - Secretary.  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas @ Fayetteville

Penny Holland - Social media..  Sixth-grade science teacher @ Bentonville Public Schools

Dustin Masterson - Events.  Cyber Security Analyst, Walmart

Kent Marts. Editor and publisher, Weeklies Division , Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

Larry Cooper.  High School science teacher @ Springdale Public Schools

Scott Roberts.  Founder of Explore Scientific, Springdale, AR

Julie Chittenden.  United Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colorado

Dr. Daniel Barth.  Assistant Professor of STEM Education, Director for Astronomy for Educators Program, University of Arkansas @ Fayetteville

Beth Ann Frankum. QA Developer, Propak

 

I was sitting in Ms. Janie Johnson’s 6th grade class watching a live broadcast of a Space Shuttle launch. After listening to the roar of the rockets, I vividly remember thinking “I want to do THAT!!!” Interestingly it took 22 years for life to lead me to space exploration.... except now I am doing the research to support exploration of Mars.
— Dr. Katherine Auld - astronomy professor at NWACC

I remember the first time I looked through a telescope at a Science Teacher’s convention in Lafayette, LA and saw Saturn’s rings. I thought... “Wow, it really exists!” Since then I have enjoyed helping others learn about the wonders of space through a portable planetarium in Germany, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and now as a part of Supporting STEM and Space in Northwest Arkansas.
— Penny Holland - 6th grade science teacher

During my childhood my grandfather took us outside at night and talked to us about the stars. We lived in rural Texas, and could see the Milky Way spangled across the night sky. As a teen I stumbled across science fiction in the library and watched the first moon landing on black and white TV. I was, and am, hooked on the idea that humans belong in space. To achieve the dream we need to foster the science, engineering, and math skills necessary to reach beyond our planet. My goal, as a member of this organization, is to make sure that all of the people of Northwest Arkansas have the education, skills, and opportunity to be part of this enormous venture.
— Dr. Anne Diallo - Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Crystal Bridges has improved life in our area tremendously, but until it was built, some people didn’t realize how great it would be. It takes imagination to see something while it still only exists as an idea. Just as the families in northwest Arkansas deserve a first-class art museum, we also deserve a first-class science center. We want to create a quality science experience that everyone can enjoy.
— Larry Cooper - high school science teacher

As a ten-year old growing up in the Apollo era, my parish priest allowed me to look at Saturn through his modest telescope, setting me on a life-long love affair with astronomy and space sciences. I have been fortunate to work teaching astronomy and physics for more than 30 years, showing thousands of people the wonders of the night sky. Every time I kindle someone else’s love of the night sky, I feel an echo of the joy I experienced on that special night when I first glimpsed Saturn so long ago.
— Dr. Daniel Barth - Professor of STEM Education, University of Arkansas
Van Masterson is an IT Security Analyst for Walmart Technology, where he specializes in insider threat detection and remediation. He previously served as an Aviation Electronics Technician and later as an Intelligence Specialist with the United States Navy. He has been awarded the Humanitarian Service Metal for his aid during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. He also volunteers his time to the non-profit organization Supporting S.T.E.M. and Space, which does science outreach in North West Arkansas.
Space!!!
— Clint Branham