As the Coordinator of Membership and Communications/Marketing at Fiske, Carla manages the membership program and develops strategies to engage and attract members and new visitors. She collaborates with a talented team of colleagues to schedule and promote Fiske’s enriching educational programs, musical and theatrical events, and fulldome shows.
Prior to joining Fiske, Carla was a STEM Informal Science Educator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of NASA’s Museum Alliance, a volunteer membership network of informal science educators at over 600 institutions in the U.S. She brought together a community of volunteers, provided opportunities for professional development, and managed multiple NASA websites. Carla also designed, developed, and delivered planetarium presentations and STEM curriculums for after school programs, science clubs, libraries, camps, and Boy and Girl Scouts troops. In addition to her work at JPL, Carla was a Telescope Demonstrator at Griffith Observatory and a 60-inch and 100-inch Telescope Operator at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.
A passion for public outreach and a love of sharing the skies with kids of all ages keeps her involved in the Front Range amateur astronomical community with the Denver Astronomical Society, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society, and Rocky Mountain National Park. On a national level, she serves as the Advertising Representative for the Astronomical League’s Reflector magazine and continues her relationship with JPL as a Solar System Ambassador.
A lifelong learner, Carla has a Master of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and a Master of Education in Organizational Development from Colorado State University.
The Colorado native enjoys everything her beloved state has to offer, including spending time with family, hiking with her husband and their rescued German Shepherd, camping, traveling to dark sky sites for astronomical observing, and making the summer pilgrimage to Red Rocks amphitheater to hear her favorite band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, in concert.
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