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Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Sun, Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm

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Jim Remar
Jim Remar

President and Chief Executive Officer
800.397.0330 | jimr@cosmo.org

A recognized expert in the areas of museum administration, strategic planning and space artifact preservation and exhibition, Jim Remar began his career in 1997 as executive director of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg, PA. He joined the

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Tracey Tomme
Tracey Tomme

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
620.665.9332
traceyt@cosmo.org

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Steven Birdsall
Steven Birdsall

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
620.665.9358
stevenb@cosmo.org

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Mimi Meredith
Mimi Meredith

Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing and Chief Development Officer
620.665.9339
mimim@cosmo.org

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Jack Graber
Jack Graber

Vice President of Exhibits and Technology
620.665.9330
jackg@cosmo.org

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Tracey Tomme
Tracey Tomme

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
620.665.9332 | traceyt@cosmo.org

Favorite Artifact: Apollo 13 Odyssey

Tracey Tomme joined the Cosmosphere’s team as Vice President of Education in August of 2014, with the goal of driving the institution’s commitment to STEM education initiatives. Tracey’s background as a science educator and her passion for aviation and space subjects led her to a teaching position with the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in 2003. In 2006, she was named President/CEO of the Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education (CCESSE), the company responsible for running Challenger Learning Center. Under Tracey’s guidance, the Cosmosphere has introduced new education curriculum that meets Next Generation Science Standards. Tracey serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education and is a member of the HOA Council and Quivira Council STEM committees, the Wichita Business Education Alliance, Rotary, and AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics).  Tracey graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs before earning her teaching certification for California, Texas, Colorado and Department of Defense schools.

"I have always loved working with students of all ages especially on hands-on projects and activities.  My experience at Challenger gave me a love of space science, and I learned how it can really help engage students in science and engineering, especially during the middle school years.  When I came to the Cosmosphere, I thought, ‘Wow!  The possibilities here are endless!’  But the best part? Anytime I need a lift, I go to the collection and visit with the Apollo 13 capsule, Odyssey, and I think of all the adventure, hard work, teamwork, and collective brainpower it took to bring those astronauts home safe.  Once the goosebumps go down, I’m ready to get back to work!  There’s so much here to inspire and engage, I can’t think of a better place for applied learning."

Steven Birdsall
Steven Birdsall

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
620.665.9358 | stevenb@cosmo.org

Favorite Artifact: The Apollo 13 Odyssey

Steven Birdsall joined the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center as finance manager in August of 2005. Steven manages the Cosmosphere’s accounting and human resource departments. He also manages the accounting for the Cosmosphere Foundation. Steven began his career in public accounting as a staff accountant/auditor. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kansas State University in 2003. He enjoys the variety in his role at the Cosmosphere along with the inspiration that comes from being part of the organization.

"The Cosmosphere brings variety to the work day that you won’t find anywhere else. If you ever get tired of what you are working on you can take a break and experience the exhibits. I find it inspiring thinking about all the hard work and dedication that went into the space program."

Mimi Meredith
Mimi Meredith

Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing and Chief Development Officer
620.665.9339 | mimim@cosmo.org

Favorite Artifact: Patty Carey’s original planetarium projector

Mimi Meredith oversees the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts. Over the past 25 years, she has held leadership roles in marketing, public relations and development for a variety of organizations in Kansas and Arizona. She is a seasoned communication strategist and has consulted with a variety of nonprofit boards regarding development and effective fund raising. Meredith is a graduate of Cottey College and the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She is certified in fundraising programs through the Institute of Charitable Giving.

"I feel like I’m a professional matchmaker. I get to know people who have a passion for space and delivering learning opportunities to today’s students, and then I show them how they can have a lasting impact in those areas through supporting the Cosmosphere. It’s a relationship that brings them satisfaction and joy, while their commitment and financial support means we have a broader base of advocacy and long term viability. It’s a truly mutually beneficial relationship! I am continually inspired by Patty Carey’s determined and passionate commitment to this place. She was a leader among leaders—a woman who shared her vision in a way that was irresistible and created a resource that will last for generations. I want to follow in those footsteps."

Jack Graber
Jack Graber

Vice President of Exhibits and Technology
620.665.9330 | jackg@cosmo.org

Jim Remar
Jim Remar

President and Chief Executive Officer
800.397.0330 | jimr@cosmo.org

Favorite Artifact: The White Room

A recognized expert in the areas of museum administration, strategic planning and space artifact preservation and exhibition, Jim Remar began his career in 1997 as executive director of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg, PA.

He joined the Cosmosphere as curator in 2000. After eight years at the Cosmosphere, Remar joined the team at Gregory, Inc as Vice President of Operations. In 2012, Remar returned to the Cosmosphere as President/COO where he was responsible for all operations of the organization, including SpaceWorks, the department of the Cosmosphere responsible for the restoration of artifacts as well as the fabrication of exhibitry and high fidelity replicas. The Cosmosphere’s governing board named Remar CEO of the organization January 2018. 

A variety of organizations have benefitted from Remar’s consulting expertise including the White Sands Missile Range Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Fort Bliss Museum, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Oklahoma State Museum of History, the Adler Planetarium and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. He has also served as an editor and consultant for several print publications. Remar received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Washburn University; his master’s degree in museum studies with a minor in history from the University of Nebraska and his mini-MBA from Wichita State University.

"I love the fact that right here, in Hutchinson, Kansas, we have an attraction the likes of which you wouldn’t find in most big cities. I love our world class collection of artifacts related to the exploration of space, including my personal favorite, the White Room. I could go on about why I love working here, but at the end of the day our ability to impact and inspire young minds is why I walk through the front doors every day."


Kristen Spurlin
Kristen Spurlin

Education Coordinator
620-665-9323 | kristens@cosmo.org

Jessica Pfeifer
Jessica Pfeifer

Asst. Box Office Manager
620.665.9316 | jessicap@cosmo.org

JoAnna Strecker
JoAnna Strecker

Space Science Educator
joannas@cosmo.org

2018 Camp Job Title: Cosmosphere Camp Director

Hometown:  Baxter Springs, KS

Credentials & Length of time at Cosmosphere: B.S. Biochemistry, M.A.T. Teaching, six years teaching high school science, one month at the Cosmosphere.

What drew you to becoming involved in Cosmosphere camp?  A love for science and trying to help others see how awesome it is.

What do you most look forward to this camp season?  Meeting kids who love science (and space) as much as I do.

What do you hope to accomplish this year being involved with Cosmosphere camp? Help kids grow in their knowledge and passion for space science.

Helene Kain
Helene Kain

School Programs Manager
620.665.9319 | helenek@cosmo.org

Marla Eriksen
Marla Eriksen

Membership + Volunteer Coordinator
620.665.9320 | marlae@cosmo.org

Jo Stropes
Jo Stropes

Finance Assistant
620.665.9349 | jos@cosmo.org

Laura Page
Laura Page

International Space Science Educator
620.665.9356 | laurap@cosmo.org

Carla Stanfield
Carla Stanfield

Public Relations Coordinator
620.665.9334 | carlas@cosmo.org

Jordan Appel-Benton
Jordan Appel-Benton

Space Science Educator
jordonb@cosmo.org

Sheila Harmony
Sheila Harmony

Executive Assistant
620.665.9310 | sheilah@cosmo.org

Mike Stewart
Mike Stewart

Maintenance Crew

Kelsey Genschorck
Kelsey Genschorck

Marketing + Development Assistant
620.665.9326 | kelseyg@cosmo.org

Elicia Lance
Elicia Lance

Finance Assistant + Human Resources Coordinator
620.665.9306 | elicial@cosmo.org

Steve Barnum
Steve Barnum

Retail Operations Manager
620.665.9348 | steveb@cosmo.org

Shannon Whetzel
Shannon Whetzel

Curator
620.665.9329 | shannonw@cosmo.org

Samantha Schneider
Samantha Schneider

Box Office Operations Manager
620.665.9304 | samanthas@cosmo.org

Michele McCartney
Michele McCartney

Creative Design + Marketing Manager
620.665.9303 | michelem@cosmo.org

Melissa Leikam
Melissa Leikam

Food Services Manager
620.665.9325 | melissal@cosmo.org

Don Aich
Don Aich

SpaceWorks Technician
620.662.9301

Don Aich, SpaceWorks Technician, is pictured with astronaut Gus Grissom’s Mercury spacecraft, Liberty Bell 7 that sunk off the coast of Florida in 1961. It was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999 and completely restored by the Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks Restoration Team.

Dante Brown
Dante Brown

Maintenance Crew

Dale Capps
Dale Capps

SpaceWorks Restoration Manager
620.662.9301 | dalec@cosmo.org

Chuck McClary
Chuck McClary

Space Science Educator
chuckm@cosmo.org

Bill Tucker
Bill Tucker

Plant Services Operations Manager
620.665.9331 | billt@cosmo.org

Brad Nuest
Brad Nuest

Director of Education
620.665.9360 | bradn@cosmo.org

Brad Nuest is a long-time amateur astronomer, space enthusiast, and fan of the Cosmosphere. In 2007, Brad was hired to lead the Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge program. He was soon performing at Cosmosphere shows and taking on other duties, which lead to full-time employment. Brad holds a B.A. in Communications from Sterling College, writes a monthly astrology column for the Hutchinson News and is our expert on many things related to space and the sky. 


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