Dream Job

“It’s important to remind ourselves that we have the most glorious jobs in the world. We are all paid to figure out how the universe began and how it evolves. We’re paid to try to figure out how the night sky, full of galaxies and stars and planets, came to be. And we’re paid to try to find life elsewhere in the universe. What could be better than that?” 

–Paul Hertz, Director of Astrophysics Division

Leigh Peake

Chief Education Officer

Rosamond Ro Kinzler

Senior Director, Science Education

Sarah VanDenbergh

Project Manager

Rachael Arens

Research Associate / Curriculum Specialist

Lori Rubino-Hare

Research Associate

Catherine McCarthy

Senior Project Manager / Informal Science Educator

Henry Trae Winter

Chief Scientist

MaryKay Severino

Education Director, Co-President, Co-Founder

Melanie Narish

Senior Learning Designer

Kim Holloway

Program Coordinator / Social Lead

Laura Brandt Edson

Project Manager

Robert Semper

Chief Science Officer

Clarence E. Bostic

Program Specialist

Jessica Swann

Program Architect - Communities of Practice

Angela Des Jardins


Katie Boyd

Education & Outreach Assistant

Taline Kuyumjian

Research Associate

Vivian White

Director of Free Choice Learning

Joan Harper-Neely

STEM Education Specialist

Christopher David Andert

Web User Experience Designer

Carolyn Ng

Education Specialist

Lynn Cominsky

Professor and Director

Sharon Bowers

Senior STEM Education Specialist

Svetlana Shkolyar

Visiting Assistant Research Scientist / Astrobiology Education Team Member