In the mid-nineties I began hearing about Comet Hale-Bopp and thought I would like to see it. I bought a department store telescope, and with no knowledge or training in it use, I went in search of Hale-Bopp with no success.
I really became interested in astronomy in 2010 when I saw some astro images displayed in a co-worker’s cubicle. After some discussion, he invited me to assist him at an elementary school star party the following week. Watching the excitement of those kids, and my own excitement at seeing the moon through a telescope led me to join TAAA a couple months later and buy my first “real” telescope.
I took the “Introduction to the Fundamentals of Astronomy” classes and learned a lot. I also met many wonderful TAAA members who were willing to share their knowledge. My main interest has been supporting community outreach through school star parties and other public events. I also volunteered to work as a Docent at the Flandrau Observatory.
In 2012, I was elected to the Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large, and appointed Secretary later that year. I was first elected Secretary in 2013, and again in 2014 and 2015.
I look forward to continuing community outreach, and getting involved in astrophotography.