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Our Presenters

Oliver Ames: Director of the Planetarium

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.

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: 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.

Michael Ressler: Planetarium 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.

Jody Hopp: AmeriCorp Science Educator

Jody grew up in a small town in the Midwest. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has worked in many amazing places educating the public and school groups including the Wisconsin Dells, Cape Cod, the Eastern Shore of Maryland,and in the Vermont State Parks. She is serving as a Science Educator through the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP) based out of Northern Vermont University at Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.