Oliver Ames has worked in the museum industry since 2013, starting as a planetarium presenter at the Mystic Seaport’s Treworgy Planetarium, located in Mystic, Connecticut. There he helped expand weekend programming, produced and narrated live planetarium shows to 40+ audiences using an optical projector, and was heavily involved with the students and teachers that visited the planetarium, including hosting a teacher’s day. In the summer of 2014, Ames began developing summer planetarium programming at the Fairbanks Museum and joined our inspiring planetarium presenters in offering world class shows to audiences of all ages. He returned the following year to continue that work. As the new planetarium director, Ames is focused on making the planetarium more accessible to all. This includes developing new programming designed for young children, creating more opportunities for the public to enjoy planetarium programming, diversifying program topics, mentoring local students interested in space and earth science, and developing new summer programs for learners of all ages, among other things.
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Bobby Farlice-Rubio: Science Educator
Bobby Farlice-Rubio has been a Science Educator at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont since 2003. There he teaches classes, to visiting students and the public at large, on a wide variety of subjects ranging from Astronomy and Natural Sciences to History and Culture. Mr. Farlice-Rubio may also be seen in his monthly “Star Struck” segments on WCAX-TV’s news show “The :30,” on which he presents the latest happenings in the field of Astronomy. Raised in Hialeah, Florida from Cuban and African-American roots, Bobby is also an avid musician who plays in a local band called Tritium Well, as well as his solo musical endeavor, Bobby & The Isotopes. He currently resides in Barnet, Vermont with his partner and their three children.
Mark Breen has been presenting, producing, and creating shows in the Planetarium for more than 35 years. He is particularly fascinated with visual astronomy and archeo-astronomy. One of his most vivid memories was viewing Saturn through a small, backyard telescope, and more recently exploring ancient astronomy sites in Ireland.
Steve Maleski: Meteorlogist
For Steve, the journey to St. Johnsbury seems almost fated from an early memory when he was five and he witnessed an approaching thunderstorm with the same awe and wonder he brings to broadcasts today. "At that moment I remember thinking, 'I'm going to be a weatherman,' almost as if someone were speaking to me. From that time, I always knew what I wanted to do." Steve also found the meteorology program at Lyndon State offered the right mix of academic challenge in a beautiful setting. Except for a brief stint in Atlanta, Steve has lived in the Northeast Kingdom since 1978.
Sabra Anne Snyder: Science Educator
Sabra Anne has been an educator of the Northeast Kingdom for the past three years. Her educational services track began when she started substituting for schools in this area. She moved on to para-education, and then found herself here, teaching classes on a range of subjects from astronomy, Vermont landscapes, ancient mythology, ocean life, insect life, field expeditions, after school enrichments, and more. Sabra has a knack for immersing her students in hands-on, artistic activities. Caring deeply about student learning outcomes in this region, she also works for three supervisory unions as minutes clerk. Sabra recently enrolled into Lyndon State College to pursue her degree in Elementary Education, and will continue to serve as an educator of the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium.