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CraigNiemi2

Craig Niemi, Executive Director

I was introduced to astronomy by my grandfather when I was just knee-high to his telescope. I still remember that remarkable view of Jupiter. My wife Valerie and I joined the Observatory nearly 10 years ago and became active with the Friends of Observatory as board members and history presenters. It's been a privilege to work with so many who are committed to the mission of the Observatory. .
craig@cincinnatiobservatory.org

DeanRegas2

Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer, Assistant Director

The stars captured me in 1998 while working at Cincinnati's Wolff Planetarium in Burnet Woods. It was there that I discovered a passion for astronomy and have since become a local expert in observational astronomy, star identification and mythology. I have written over 60 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Community Press and have been featured on local television and radio. I have been the Outreach Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000.
dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org

LolaGabel

Lola Gabel, Executive Assistant

After working at the Observatory as the Executive Assistant for the past 10 years, I recently retired. But I just couldn’t stay away.  I love the buildings, the beautiful setting, enthusiastic people, and being a small part of a very exciting institution. So I’ve returned as a volunteer – which makes retirement that much better.

JohnVentre2a

John Ventre, Historian

My first exposure to the Cincinnati Observatory was in the late 1940s when I visited it while on a Boy Scout field trip--this trip triggered a passion for the Observatory that never ended. I taught astronomy at the University of Cincinnati, I served as the Cincinnati Observatory Center's (COC's) first administrator/director, and I am currently helping to restore the COC to a working 19th Century astronomical observatory. I am also the resident “Luna-tic;” everything about the Moon fascinates me and often present lectures on the subject.
jeventre@ix.netcom.com

LynMarsteller

Lyn Marsteller, Development Coordinator

The stars have always been part of my life - and my name. Growing up just outside Washington, DC, I badgered my parents to take me to see John Glenn's ticker tape parade after his historic ride around the earth. Years later, I moved to Ohio and ultimately next to the Observatory, where I was happy to be part of the volunteer group that helped to establish the COC as a nonprofit.  With almost 30 years of fundraising experience, I'm very pleased to be part of the team to help keep memberships and donations coming to the COC to improve the facilities and setting, and to add more fine programming. lyn@cincinnatiobservatory.org

Board of Trustees

Dr. Mike Flick (May 2014) – President
Xavier University, XCEED

Dr. J. Richard Hirté (May 2014) - Vice President
Xavier University 

Bill Ernst (May 2014) – Treasurer
Ernst & Rabe, Certified Public Accountants 

Basil Rowe (May 2015) – Secretary
IT Consultant 

Frank Huss – FOTO Rep (May 2016)
Retired

Trustees:

Bud Baily
Trustee Emeritus

Mary G. Adams (May 2016)
Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

James Boothe, Ph.D (May 2016)
Xavier University

Paul Callard (May 2015)
Dallman & Bohl General Contractors 

Sen. Richard H. Finan (May 2015)
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Dr. Nancy Hamant (May 2015)
University of Cincinnati-retired

Greg Hand (May 2014)
Associate Vice President, Public Relations
University of Cincinnati

Ron Hank (May 2016)
Cincom Systems, Inc

Michelle Hughes (for Mary Ronan)
CPS, Science Curriculum Coordinator

Jennifer O’Donnell (May 2014)
O'Donnell Consulting and Assessment

Andy Park (May 2015)
Centric Consulting

Mary Ronan (May 2015)
Superintendent
Cincinnati Public Schools

Dr. Michael Sitko (May 2015)
University of Cincinnati, Physics

Mary Sullivan (May 2016)
Peck, Shaffer & Williams, LLP

Dave Tobergte Ph.D. (May 2014)
Xavier University

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