Aspen Science Center

MJ Faas, Director of Development & Marketing

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Faas began her 20+ year career in development, fundraising, events, and non-profit management, as a student caller at the Iowa State University Foundation. Realizing she had found her own calling in relationship building and connecting people to their passions, she moved to Ohio University where she managed their Foundation call center for two years before being recruited back to ISU to pilot a new development position bridging annual giving with major gifts.  In 2005 she moved to Aspen to work with the Aspen Music Festival & School.  Later she served as Development Director for Aspen Film, and then as Development Director or as a consultant with several other Roaring Fork Valley non-profits including Challenge Aspen, Komen Aspen, Aspen Youth Center and Lucky Day Animal Shelter.  MJ lives in Aspen with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.

Jason Winokur, Director of Programs & Operations

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Winokur holds degrees in both physics and mathematics and his career has spanned the intersection of scientific research and education.  Before joining the ASC, Mr. Winokur was engaged in climate change-related research for 7 years at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research where he was also was extensively engaged in the university’s outreach education program pairing middle and high-school students with research scientists.  He has also conducted research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and held research assistantships funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the NASA/Colorado Space Grant Consortium.  Prior to his research career, he developed and taught science and math in Denver, and later taught at high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Mr. Winokur also has experience as a professional brewer, and ski school instructor.  He is an avid snowboarder, trail runner, craft beer enthusiast, and enjoys exploring the science of cooking!  Jason lives in Carbondale with his wife, two children, and their dog.