Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.
Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.
Jacquie is a results oriented entrepreneurial executive with extensive experience in creating and sustaining high program performance and growth while enhancing relationships with a diverse range of volunteers, community members, politicians, customers/members, coworkers and management. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the foundation operations, including human resources, development and management of financial policies regulatory compliance and operational budget; developing strategic and tactical plans for fundraising, marketing and communications; managing conference program development; maintaining and enhancing all aspects of membership recruitment and retention, and the development of value-added benefits of membership.
Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and has completed MBA coursework at University of Colorado, Boulder.
Rob is a co-founder and co-owner of G-Wiz Partners, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of rocket flight avionics and altimeters to the high power rocketry and civilian space exploration community. G-Wiz designs and manufactures accelerometer-based altimeters, flight recorders, pyrotechnic actuators, and GPS/Telemetry systems for a wide range of rockets. Rob also formulated and sold IgniterMan Igniter Kits for a number of years prior to 9/11. He has been associated with the civilian space exploration and high power community for 12+ years and has held responsibilities of Prefect and board member for AeroPAC and Mavericks. Rob has held a L-3 Tripoli Rocketry Association certification for over 7 years.
Like most rocketeers, Rob is a ‘BAR’ or born-again-rocketeer who rediscovered his true passion after his son, Scott, crashed his Estes Gnome rocket at a summer science camp for kids. After much consoling of his son and a trip to the local hobby shop, he found the new world of high power rocketry and joined Mavericks to create and drive the new initiative of civilian space exploration.
Space Education Research Center Operations
He was in the ministry from 1974-1983. From 1983 -2003, Dick owned and operated a commercial fishing in Alaska during the summer, and from 1984- 2006 also owned and operated a general contracting business for residential, commercial building restructure, tenant improvements, including completion of construction projects for Alaska Village Services in Mountain Village and Shungnak, Alaska and a remodel at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks facility in Nome, Alaska.
Dick received his Bachelor Arts degree in Theology in 1971 and a graduate degree in 1974 from Andrews University.
Currently, Catherine is owner of MTN enterprises, and provides business development, marketing, and strategic management services to universities, corporations, federal agencies and state governments in education. She is an experienced grant writer for the development of a diverse suite of programs and workshops, and chairs review panels and coordinates statewide programs on national and international projects. Catherine has received Lockheed Martin’s Top Flight Award, and their Excellence Award, and has also received a distinguished journalism award by the National Council of Mathematics.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern University, and a Masters in Curriculum from the University of Houston.