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Aspen Science Center

MJ Faas, Development Director

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Prior to this role, Faas served several Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit organizations in the development capacity, including Challenge Aspen, Komen Aspen, Aspen Film, and Aspen Music Festival & School. She is a 14-year Aspen transplant from Iowa with a B.S. in History and Political Science and 20 years’ experience in fundraising, development, and organizational management. Her passions are connecting people with what inspires them, trail running and TRX, rescuing animals and spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat.

Maya Hunt, Educational Programs Manager

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maya-huntMaya believes that everyone should have access to a sound science education that improves and enriches their lives.  She completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy with a minor in Theatre Arts at University of Pittsburgh and a graduate teaching credential in Secondary Physics through Rhode Island Teaching Fellows.  In the classroom, she has taught physics, astronomy, physical science, honors chemistry, and AP Physics.  She also worked in an autistic support classroom for kindergarten through second-grade students and spent a year as an Instructor at a science adventure camp.  After five years in education, Maya began a Physics PhD program focusing on astronomy research but ultimately decided to further pursue science education and communication, a decision which led her to the Aspen Science Center.  She remains committed to supporting effective use of standards-based education to ensure a quality experience for all students and to opening gateways to science for people of all ages.  Her past research includes work with the Search for Transiting Exoplanets and the University of Pittsburgh and studying the composition of planetary nebulae.  In addition to playing with science, Maya enjoys traveling, creativity, the outdoors, swimming, yoga, characters, and stories.

Jason Winokur, Operations Manager

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Before relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley, Winokur was a professional scientist at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, where he participated in the university’s educational outreach program. He also taught and developed curriculum for mathematics and physical sciences at a Denver area high school for teens engaged in substance abuse recovery, and later taught at RFV high schools. He is an avid snowboarder, trail runner, and craft beer enthusiast, and enjoys KenKen and Sudoku, and other varieties of math puzzles. He lives in Carbondale with his wife, two children, and dog, Avi.