THE TEAM

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Kate Meredith

President and Director of Education

Kate is the former Director of Yerkes Education Outreach (YEO) at Yerkes Observatory. On leaving YEO, Kate founded GLAS Education and brought two key programs with her: Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey outreach. Kate has also taken a leadership role in advancing sonification, a process of turning an organized series of sounds and tones to enable blind and visually impaired (BVI) researchers access data. Kate was recently recognized by the Geneva Lake branch of the American Association of University Women for her leadership in astronomy education and was a winner of the National Federation for the Blind Bolotin Award. She has also involved GLAS as one of the founding members of the North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development, a project that seeks to use astronomy to advance economic development for underserved communities and individuals.

Adam McCulloch

Education and Outreach Manager

Adam studied physics at Carthage College where he developed a strong interest in astronomy education and outreach. He also works part time for the Horwitz DeRemer Planetarium in Waukesha, WI. Adam puts his experience to good use at GLAS, leading night sky telescope expeditions during star parties. He also manages GLAS’s Dark Skies program to encourage local communities to adopt best practices for maintaining dark night-time skies in Walworth County, and he is involved with the LENSS (Lakeshore Environment and Night Sky Sensor) project, which uses sensors to measure the darkness of night skies around Geneva Lake. Adam joined the Yerkes Education Outreach staff in 2017 where he was an operator of Yerkes’ 24-inch telescope. When Yerkes closed, Adam linked up with GLAS Education. Look for Adam at star parties, summer classes, special events and collecting data from night sky monitors around the lake.

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Chris Kirby

Project Manager

GLAS was very fortunate the day Chris walked into the GLAS office and offered his services. Over time, his responsibilities have grown in significance and importance. Having grown up in South Africa, he claims that his motivation for joining GLAS was to have a distraction from his second winter in Wisconsin. But his distraction has benefited GLAS immeasurably. A project manager by training and experience, Chris brought a new perspective and structure to LENSS. And he speaks engineering! Chris has also proven himself to be a natural teacher. He uses the important elements of GLAS’s project and design experiences to engage students in building the technology that makes those projects work.

Christy Albrecht

Business Manager

When Christy joined the GLAS Education Staff, it was more a homecoming than a hire. Christy, daughter of Yerkes astronomer Kyle Cudworth, grew up on the grounds of Yerkes Observatory. She graduated from UW Madison in May 2018 and was about to become Kate Meredith’s first full-time hire for Yerkes Education Outreach when the observatory closed in October 2018. Life next took her on an adventure that included relocating to Chicago, marriage, and a year in California. Family and friends were thrilled to welcome her back to the area in June 2020. She barely unpacked before she was planning star parties and writing grants. Christy took on office manager’s responsibilities and helped GLAS step confidently into the future. She now works primarily from home with the new job title of “Mom”, caring for her infant daughter, Ruth.
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Amelia Malling - Research and Information Coordinator

Research and Information Coordinator

What organization couldn’t use a trilingual librarian? GLAS has one in Amelia. She brings a unique skillset to GLAS with her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Mandarin languages and literature along with her MLIS from UW–Milwaukee. There doesn’t seem to be an issue or topic that she can’t research and report for GLAS and the NA-ROAD. She has also been involved in translating NA-ROAD documents into Spanish as part of the organization’s international outreach. When not researching or translating, Amelia is known to create amazing articles of clothing with her knitting needles. And she is a top notch pie baker.

Chris Schultz

Newsroom

Chris spent nine years as a reporter at the Lake Geneva Regional News and has more than forty years of journalistic experience with daily and weekly newspapers around the Midwest. He creates much of the text that appears on GLAS websites and social media posts. Although not an astronomer, he will be at almost every star party or public event with his notepad and camera recording events and promoting GLAS outreach efforts. He has become an increasingly frequent presence at the office in the past months, helping with everything from star parties to web page creation and cleaning and organizing. His consistency and good humor earned him the designation of “habitual volunteer.”