Jesse is a retired engineer and project manager who served in the Power Generation and Environmental sectors. Prior to his engineering career, Jesse served in the US Navy as a nuclear power plant operator and supervisor on a fleet ballistic missile submarine. Jesse is a native of southern California and has lived in Colorado Springs since 1993. Jesse and Elli have three grown kids and two grandkiddos! On one of Jesse’s many projects around the world, he got to experience a large-scale model of the solar system in Anchorage, Alaska – which is the genesis of this project.
Elli Collette is a retired teacher from Academy District 20. She taught at the DaVinci Academy, a choice school for arts and sciences. PWCS furthers her belief that these are important areas of study which improve the quality of life for all.
Jim Freeman is a retired systems analyst having nearly thirty years experience in the DoD and Aerospace industries (Computer Science Corporation, Ford Aerospace, Loral, Computer Technology Associates). He is a relatively long-time resident of Colorado Springs (since 1983). He taught university-level mathematics both stateside (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia) and abroad (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey) with post-doctoral studies at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
His wide-ranging interests include the visual and performance arts. His on-going involvement in the arts, science, and education includes being on the boards of some local non-profits as well as being a member of the IEEE, Colorado Springs Astronomical Society and Toastmasters.
Christina is a native of Colorado Springs. She is the treasurer of PWCS and has been involved with PWCS since inception in 2017.
Christna has over 30 years of community service to Colorado Springs, including the D-11 Accountability Committee and President of CIVA Charter High School, leadership roles in the Girl and Boy Scouts of America, sports coach, and all things that “soccer moms” do, and participated in TEDX Colorado Springs. Christina’s greatest passion now is as an advocate for and guardian of at-risk and mistreated adults and elders in Colorado Springs and Denver. She is a member of the Guardianship Volunteer Advocate Committee (GVAP) through the El Paso County Pikes Peak Elder Abuse Coalition committee (PPEAC).
Christina is also the Strategic Manager and Contracts and Bids Specialist at EON Office Products. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication and master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Project Management from Regis University.
Bill is the Executive Director of the Deep Space Exploration Society. The DSES operates a radio telescope in Hazwell, Colorado.
DSES is a non-profit organization whose primary purposes are research and education. DSES exists to foster the exploration and understanding of space by encouraging students, society members, and the general public to participate in that exploration. DSES facilitates experiments designed to expand our knowledge of space, and to execute ground based missions designed to support those experiments.
The unique contributions DSES provides to other exploratory space missions are: (1) a low cost alternative satellite downlink ground station, and (2) an observational tool for the radio astronomy community.
Isabella is a high school senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Her favorite subject changes every semester but she hopes to go on to study bio physics in college.
Isabella is a competitive ice-dancer and spends most of her time training both on and off the ice. Isabella is excited to be part of the Planet Walk and hopes it won't be long before planets are part of her favorite urban run in Monument Valley Park.
Mike's expertise is in both mathematics and art. He has instructed both subjects for 46 years and has deliberately combined both disciplines throughout his career.
In addition, he has been a successful professional artist for many years which will also be beneficial to the Project.
Mike hopes his advisory capacity and promotion of the project will render undeniable success!
DIAN CURTIS REAGAN
Dian Curtis Regan is a Colorado Springs native, and the author of many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels and anthology stories. Her books have won many honors, and have been translated into multiple languages. Popular titles include Monster of the Month Club, Ghost Twins, Rocky Cave Kids, Princess Nevermore, and the Space Boy trilogy. She is a former “Member of the Year” of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) Her Space Boy books have won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI, and have been finalists for both the Colorado Book Award and the Colorado Authors’ League Award. She is also a recent recipient of the Golden Quill Award for her body of work, presented by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. diancurtisregan.com