The Lowell Observatory staff consists of more than 100 dedicated individuals who support our mission of scientific discovery and outreach.

Sole Trustee

W. Lowell Putnam, IV



Dr. Jeffrey Hall


Deputy Directors

Lisa Actor, Development

Dr. Danielle Adams, Marketing & Communications

Samantha Gorney, Education

Dr. Kyler Kuehn, Technology

Anne LaBruzzo, Administration

Dr. Michael West, Science



Astronomers & Planetary Scientists

Dr. Will Grundy

Dr. Jennifer Hanley

Dr. Deidre Hunter

Dr. Stephen Levine

Dr. Joe Llama

Dr. Phil Massey

Dr. Nick Moskovitz

Dr. Lisa Prato

Dr. David Schleicher

Dr. Gerard van Belle

Dr. Larry Wasserman

Dr. Michael West


Emeritus Astronomers

Dr. Ted Bowell

Otto Franz

Dr. Dr. Wes Lockwood

Dr. Nat White


Adjunct Astronomers

Dr. David Schaffer

Dr. David Trilling (NAU)

Dr. Kaspar von Braun



Dr. Danielle Adams

Dr. Amanda Bosh

Dr. Jeffrey Hall

Dr. Teddy Kareta

Dr. Kyler Kuehn

Brian Skiff

Dr. Audrey Thirouin


PhD Students

Erin Aadland

Haylee Archer

Lauren Biddle

Catherine Clark

Anna Engle

Annika Gustafsson

Shih-Yun Tang


Research Associates & Assistants

Allison Bair, Research Associate

Zeke Bandeleier, Research Assistant

Brian Burt, Software Programmer

Megan Gialluca, Meteor Camera Research Assistant

Cody Huls, Research Assistant

Kathryn Neugent, Research Associate

Hannah Zigo, Research Assistant


Library & Archives

Lauren Amundson, Librarian and Archivist

Stacey Christen, Archives and Museum Specialist



Business Office

Anne LaBruzzo, Deputy Director for Administration

Robin Melena, Grant Administrator/Human Resources Manager

Joe Wagner, Controller

Catie Blazek, HR Recruiting and Payroll Supervisor

Le Cam Nguyen, Purchasing Agent

Diana Weintraub, Junior Accountant


Buildings and Grounds

Dave Shuck, Facilities, Grounds, and Maintenance Manager

Gabe Saganitso, Facilities and Mechanical Technician


Lisa Actor, Deputy Director for Development

Stephen Riggs, Development Manager

Rachel Edelstein, Annual Giving Officer

Shannon Gonzales, Membership & Database Manager

Mattie Harrington, Executive Assistant

Bruce Kosaveach, Philanthropy Manager

Hannah Rounds, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Lynn Sawyer, Development Assistant

Sherry Shaffer, Philanthropy Manager


Marketing & Communications

Dr. Danielle Adams, Deputy Director for Marketing & Communications

Cody Half-Moon, Marketing Manager

Heather Craig, Marketing Specialist

Alex Elbert, Creative Specialist

Sarah Gilbert, Senior Creative Specialist

Madison Mooney, Content Marketing Specialist

Kevin Schindler, Historian and PIO


Visitor Experience

Miriam Robbins, Visitor Experience Manager

Kimberley Denune, Visitor Experience Supervisor

Robert Hall, Visitor Experience Lead

Richard Montano, Visitor Experience Lead



Samantha Gorney, Deputy Director for Education

Todd Gonzales, Education Manager

John Compton, Program & Scheduling Coordinator

Kelly Ferguson, Education Coordinator

Jelena Lane, Event Coordinator


Public Program Supervisors

Sarah Burcher, Public Program Manager

Kevin Conley

Curtis Dankof

Resi Baucco

Kevin White

James Cole, Senior Public Program Educator

Ariel Daniel, Senior Public Program Educator

Jonathan Ford, Senior Public Program Educator

Hailey Osborn, Senior Public Program Educator

Angel Singleton, Senior Public Program Educator


Native American Astronomy Outreach Program

Alethia Little, Multi Cultural Outreach Facilitator

Misha Pipe

Travis Brown



Dr. Kyler Kuehn, Deputy Director for Technology

Dr. Amanda Bosh, Observatory Operations Manager

David Sawyer, Technical Project Manager

Tom Bida, Senior Instrument Scientist

Jeff Gehring, Technical Facilities Manager

Len Bright, Technical Assistant

Michael Collins, Electrical Engineer

Jared Dahlseid, Machinist

Ryan Hamilton, Instrument Scientist

Dyer Lytle, Software Engineer


Support Astronomer

Dr. Tim Ellsworth-Bowers


Lowell Discovery Telescope & Navy Precision Optical Interferometer

Frank Cornelius, LDT Engineering Manager

Dave Noble, NPOI Project Manager

Jason Sanborn, NPOI Night Operations Manager

Solvay Blomquist, NPOI Observer Technician

Thomas Coleman – NPOI Systems/Software Engineer

Ben Hardesty – NPOI Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Khristian Jones, NPOI Associate Electrical Engineer

Thomas Kelley, LDT Telescope Operator

Bradley Kingsley, LDT Mechanical Engineer Intern

Heidi Larson, NPOI Instrument Support Specialist

Erin Maier, NPOI Observer Technician

Georgi Mandushev, LDT Software Engineer

Ishara Nisley, LDT & NPOI Observer/Operator

Ben Shafransky, LDT Telescope Operator

Cecilia Siqueiros
LDT Telescope Operator

Michael Sweaton, LDT Electrical Engineer

Jacob Tiegs, LDT Mechanical Technician

Beau Wigman, Anderson Mesa Site Steward






C. J. von Buchwald-Wright, System and Network Administrator

Scott Do, IT Systems Support Specialist

Luke Fox, Jr IT Support Intern