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: Meteorologist
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.
Michael Ressler: Science Educator
Mike is a recent addition to the museum and holds a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire. Mike has worked in environmental sciences since his graduation working for conservation groups in the NH seacoast. He most recently worked as a science educator at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord NH until he and his family moved to the north country. Mike enjoys spending time outdoors and doing woodworking projects when not chasing around his two boys.
Dr. Paul Benoit: Planetarium Educator
Dr. Paul Benoit has degrees in geological sciences from Virginia Tech and from Lehigh University and worked as a professor of chemistry at the University of Arkansas. He was a researcher working on meteorites and lunar samples, with a focus on radiation exposure. His work was in collaboration with Johnson Space Center and he also assisted in experiments on NASA’s microgravity program, known as the “vomit comet” and simulations of processes in martian soil. He was a member of the 1998 Antarctic search for meteorites (ANSMET) expedition, which added new meteorite samples to NASA and Smithsonian collection. In his spare time, he likes to cook and bake, and he is involved with local art and youth education organizations.
Christian Bradley Hubbs: Planetarium Educator
Christian began interning at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in 2015 while still in high school and has worked as a presenter and educator in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium since 2018. Awed by space exploration and natural science at an early age, he always enjoyed school field trips to the local science museum and seeks to inspire that same awe and curiosity in others. He works to inform and engage the public about astronomy and spaceflight, with updates in his shows about NASA and other space programs, space missions, and astronomical discoveries. In 2016, he joined the museum's science education staff, operated a 3D printer making spacecraft models, and has helped facilitate various astronomy events including the 2017 Solar Eclipse, 2018 World Record astronomy event, 2019 Apollo 11 Semicentennial, and astronomy parties at the Northern Skies Observatory in Peacham and other locations in the NEK. Christian lives in Burke where he is a member of the town Board of Civil Authority. In his free time, he enjoys being involved in local community events, mountain biking, and backyard astronomy.
Michael Simoniello: Americorps Science Educator
Michael Simoniello is the Fairbanks Museum’s Americorps service member. Passionate about conservation science and environmental literacy, Michael teaches varied science programing to students throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Having graduated from St. John’s College Great Books Program in May 2019, Michael has studied the works of Ptolemy, Hipparchus, Copernicus, Newton, and other prominent western astronomers. He has been thrilled to bring these studies to the public and to continue his study of astronomy alongside the museum’s educational staff.