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Our Team

Sue Ann Heatherly
Green Bank Observatory
Director- Funding and grant seeking
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Kathryn Williamson
West Virginia University
Membership/ Sponsorship Coordinator- Develop membership/ sponsorship policies, seek members/ sponsors
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible
Research Member (Gravitational Waves and Cosmology)- Presentation development, activity development

Sophie Knudsen
Green Bank Observatory
Program Coordinator- Coordinate and lead steering committee meetings, coordinate and lead Fall Training and Spring Summit, advise schedulers, update SPOT management documentation, compile yearly evaluation report, update social media, develop recruitment posters and emails, program advertisement to teachers, website design and updates, presentation updates

Deb Hemler
Fairmont State University
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Jon Saken
Marshall University
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible


Tracey DeLaney

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Jason Best
Shepard University
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Yadi Amiradbadi
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Campus SPOT Representative- Ambassador recruitment and certification, course development/ academic integration, certification of ambassadors, practice presentations
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Kristine Sharp
Green Bank Observatory
Fiscal Coordinator- Pay orders for Ambassadors, invoices to funding members, fiscal reporting
Scheduler- Day-­to-day communications with teachers and Ambassadors, schedule Ambassador visits with schools, travel invoices, teacher evaluation form

Jeremiah Berkstresser
Green Bank Observatory
Scheduler- Day-­to-day communications with teachers and Ambassadors, schedule Ambassador visits with schools, travel invoices, teacher evaluation form

Eric Merriam
West Virginia University
Research Member (Water)- Presentation development, activity development

Maura McLaughlin

West Virginia University
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible
Research Member (Gravitational Waves and Cosmology)- Presentation development, activity development

Duncan Lorimer
West Virginia University
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible
Research Member (Gravitational Waves and Cosmology)- Presentation development, activity development

Jeff Northey
NASA IV&V
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible


Jess White

NASA IV&V
Steering Committee-
Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible

Majid Jaridi
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible


Candy Cordwell
NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
Steering Committee- Advise on program activities, introduce funding and collaboration connections where possible
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