As President of the Aspen Science Center and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, David is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Science Center. He spent the past five years as Executive Director of the Buddy Program, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and other services for over 800 youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. Prior to the Buddy Program, he spent 15 years as a strategy consultant, including eight years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he held the position of Partner and Director. At BCG, David specialized in strategic growth and consumer marketing for a variety of both Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations in the consumer, industrial, financial services and nonprofit sectors. Prior to earning his MBA David worked as an Engineering Manager at Lutron Electronics. He also serves on and is the former President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Chorale, a 60-voice amateur choir in Chicago. David holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from The University of Chicago, and both a B.S. and Master of Engineering in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He is an avid skier, cyclist, hiker and golfer, and enjoys classical and choral music, cooking, the philosophy of physics, and the New York Times crossword. He lives is Aspen with his two Labrador Retrievers, Lese and Tokaj.
Growing up on a small farm in New Hampshire, Keith spent a large portion of his childhood playing in the fields and forests surrounding his home. Those days spent exploring, observing and inventing served as the foundation for his life-long interest in science and the natural world, and eventually led him to study marine biology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Upon graduation Keith spent a year teaching environmental science at an outdoor school, which ignited in him a passion for science education. He spent the next five years teaching middle school science at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, CA. It was here that Keith honed his teaching skills and began thinking about how our first experiences learning science affect our interest in, and understanding of, science throughout our lives. Eventually, science education brought Keith to Colorado where he taught biology, physics, algebra and outdoor education to middle and high school students at Aspen Country Day School and Vail Mountain School. For the past nine years, Keith served Aspen Youth Center, first as Program Director and most recently as Executive Director. He is very excited about his new position with Aspen Science Center because he feels the work will allow him to utilize the combination of his work experiences as a science educator and a nonprofit manager, along with his passion for science and the natural world. Keith is an avid mountain biker, hiker and skier who enjoys exploring the mountains as often as possible.
Maya 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 – 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.
Calvin Conley graduated from Bridgewater College with a B.S. in Biology with a pre-med focus. He is taking a year off before medical school, following his passion for science by helping kids learn about science. In his spare time he pursues his hobbies of snowboarding, piano playing and coffee.
Emily Ring holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine-Orono. She has been in Colorado since 2000 and in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2004. She was a Licensed Real Estate Assistant for years and started Emily Ring Bookkeeping in 2011. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running skiing, yoga and spending time with her family and friends.