NASA Solar System Ambassadors

NASA Ambassadors are community space leaders dedicated to spreading knowledge and appreciation for space and astronomy. We encourage you to reach out to these leaders in the New York space sector and add your voice to the ongoing conversations in your community!

AmbassadorMember YearLocationRegionContactNotes
Andrew Heagle2019BuffaloWestern NYContactUndergraduate aerospace engineering student at the University of Buffalo while overseeing comms for the MOST Center in Syracuse.
Barry Fried2006East MeadowLong IslandContactLife-long educator, participates in the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.
Brian Bealer2021SyracuseCentral NYContactHas taught science in Auburn since 2007.
Carol Higgins2020New HartfordMohawk ValleyContactConducts frequent education events and publishes a monthly astronomy article.
Christopher Boehringer2021DepewWestern NYContactSpecial education teacher with a lifelong passion for space.
Damian Allis2014FairportFinger LakesContactQuantum chemist by profession, active in several Central NY astronomy groups.
David Amidon2017SyracuseCentral NYContactScience teacher at Lafayette Jr/Sr High School.
Dawn Tucker2018BronxNYCContactSTEM Enrichment Instructor.
Elysia Segal2022BrooklynNYCContactCurrently the Producer of Public Programming at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, with an asteroid named in her honor!
Harold Kozack2005Staten IslandNYCContactRetired Astronomy Professor.
Honora Dash2006BrooklynNYCContactAssistant Principal of Science at James Dewey High School.
Howard Schneider2009QueensNYCContactScience teacher at Curtis High School in Staten Island.
Issac Osorez2020MonroeMid-HudsonContactAvid space photographer with an online presence.
Jill Gravantte2017LiverpoolCentral NYContactMiddle school science teacher since 2001.
Jim Rienhardt2004LyonsFinger LakesContactExperience as a planetarium director and observatory astronomer.
Jim Zappa2011GetzvilleWestern NYContact20+ years in the aerospace industry designing spacecraft propulsion systems, also an experienced guest lecturer on space & astronomy.
John Fontana2018MonroeMid-HudsonContactFrequent events at local schools and libraries.
Joseph Skovira2003OwegoSouthern TierContactEngineer with an astronomy hobby, has conducted numerous community education events.
Katherine Troche2018QueensNYCContactFocus on STEM outreach to the general public in all 5 boroughs.
Lauren Tucker2014New HempsteadMid-HudsonContactWorks with special needs children and advises the UN on children and mental health while being an avid amateur astronomer with her kids.
Malmi Kiriwandalage2018FarmingvilleLong IslandContactStudent at Stony Brook University (anticipated graduation Spring 2020).
Marc Wagnon2019ManhattanNYCContactPercussionist and composer.
Margarita Kraynova2016Staten IslandNYCContactWorking to become a Physics teacher, has done work with Binghamton University.
Michael Zeilnhofer2021CarmelMid-HudsonContactStudies craters on planetary bodies (favorite is Ceres).
Nathan Tubbs2017BrooklynNYCContactPublic school educator with a lifelong passion for space.
Robin Vernuccio2010BronxNYCContact3rd grade teacher with a focus on youth interest in space.
Sally Stieglitz2020Stony BrookLong IslandContactLibrarian with a professional development focus. Member of Long Island Library Resources Council.
Skyler Reed2021GloversvilleMohawk ValleyContactAims to become a professor of Astrophysics & Communication to best promote the joys of space and astronomy.
Susan Henderson2003OneontaMohawk ValleyContactAvid space art collector.
Susan Raizer2017BethpageLong IslandContactHolds Masters' in Space Studies, works with Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Thomas Lynch2020LynbrookLong IslandContactVolunteers at Cradle of Aviation Museum, promotes astronomy through libraries.
Tim Needles2021Sound BeachLong IslandContactArtist, educator, and author.
Tish Bresee2014BinghamtonSouthern TierContactFormer teacher who now directs science education outreach for the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center.
Tyler Beagle2020SyracuseCentral NYContactPhysics & Astronomy student at SUNY Geneseo, active in Syracuse area astronomy organizations.
Warren Marcus2003WilliamsvilleWestern NYContactVery active schedule of public outreach events.
William Taylor2014AmagansettLong IslandContactBookseller and amateur astronomer.
Willie Yee2018New PaltzMid-HudsonContactPast President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association.
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