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Our Presenters


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: Planetarium Director and Senior Meteorologist

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.

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.