Our Board of Directors

Forrest Babcock – President

Forrest has been an amateur astronomer and telescope builder as a hobby all his life. He graduated in mechanical engineering and has worked as mechanical engineer, opto-mechanical engineer, and optics engineer at several companies during his career. He is eager to share his knowledge and telescope skills to others and is now focused on the Carlton observatory to bring science into the community and donate the telescopes he built over a span of the past 50 years.

Janet Zuelke – Vice President

Janet Zuelke lives in Carlton with her husband Forrest Babcock. She comes to the board with experience in event planning, fundraising and as a business owner. She is passionate about project based learning and has a non agenda approach to advocating science literacy. Her love of astronomy developed over the past 18 years of marriage to Forrest who designed and built the 15 inch telescope that will become the centerpiece of the Carlton Observatory. She was president of the board of directors of Wolftree; an organization that used project based learning to teach the earth sciences. She lives by a motto that says “If you tell me, I may forget. If you show me, I may remember. If you involve me, I will understand.”

Mary Holdman – Treasurer

Mary Holdman has a background in accounting and finance as well as project management from her professional career in the Portland metro area. She worked most recently at Epson Portland Inc. in Hillsboro for 20 years as part of the accounting team.Mary and her husband retired to McMinnville in 2018 where her husband grew up. Mary is excited to use her business skills to support the Carlton Observatory project and help grow access to scientific learning and sky gazing in Yamhill County.

Sabra Mathot-  Secretary

With my experience as a Carlton business developer/operator/owner as well as a strong background in organization and event planning, I am very excited to be involved in the development of the Carlton Observatory. I have lived in Carlton now for over 12 years and love all that it has to offer, not only to those of us who live here but also all in the surrounding area. I am the type of person who “keeps looking up” and I know that the Carlton Observatory will give all that same feeling!

Terry Newhouse – Member

Terry is the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Sales for Universal Woods, LLC.  Terry holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University along with an MBA in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.  His experience is in various roles within manufacturing environments including product design & development, corporate materials management, manufacturing management and sales.  Terry has a passion to promote math and science within our educational system.  He sees the Carlton Observatory as a way to bring this education to the communities surrounding Carlton.

Joelle Maher –  Member

Joelle Maher is an investor, advisor and board member for start-up business in the Portland and Bay Area. She is an accomplished global C-level executive leader who has guided organizations to deliver financial performance, turnarounds, and customer growth in intensely competitive, rapidly changing public and PE-owned companies from $150M to $11B. Joelle is the former CEO of Hanna Andersson, has held roles as Global EVP & President at Levi Strauss & Company, Chief Operating Officer at Gymboree, with 20+ years of progressive strategic and operational leadership in direct to consumer/omnichannel businesses. Joelle holds a BS from Cornell University. She brings focus on the customer experience and business to the Carlton Observatory team. Having grown up in rural upstate New York, Joelle is committed to and passionate about, ensuring access to science for our local rural communities. She and with her husband have lived in Yamhill since 2006.

Stuart Anderson-  Member

Stuart is a Technical Lead for System Validation at Intel and has a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Currently, he works to help other teams be more effective at what they do and he brings those skills to the board of directors. Stuart is a space nut, and has been following human space flight since the Apollo program. Astronomy is a slightly more accessible way to pursue that passion, and is a very good way to get the next generation of thinkers and leaders interested in science. His time on the board of the Carlton Observatory is a concrete way of supporting STEM in Education and encourages our youth to reach for the stars.

Daniel Gray – Education/Programs Advisory Board

Dan Gray is a high school Physics and Astronomy teacher at Forest Grove High School where he has been chair of the science department since 2007. He has been teaching these and other high school science courses since 1988. He earned a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of California, Davis and completed the teaching license program of study in physical sciences and mathematics in both California and Oregon. He has led numerous public and private astronomy viewing events for students, teachers and members of the public. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has presented workshops for the AAPT at both the state and national level. He is an ambassador for the American Physical Society’s STEP UP program that encourages and supports bringing more women and members of under-represented demographic groups into the study of and profession of physics. He was a founding member of the Hands On Universe Project where he worked alongside the astrophysicists at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in their Nobel Prize winning research into supernovae that led to the discovery of dark energy. He has taught AP Physics since 2005 and is an AP Physics exam grader for the College Board. He lives in Carlton, Oregon with his wife and two daughters. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Carlton Observatory project and has contributed and made presentations at several of their functions. He is looking forward to working with all education aspects of the project as we move forward. This could include coordinating with schools, developing projects and programs for students, teachers and community members as well as personally leading and assisting with classes, presentations and workshops at the new facility

Jay Breslow PhD –  Education/Programs Advisory Board

Jay received his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 2015. He is principal at Twin Rivers Academy, a charter school in Springfield, OR. 

Jay brings to the Carlton Observatory board a passion for using project based learning as an effective teaching method. He also understands the needs and particular concerns that under-served rural areas have when it comes to limited programs and resources for science education. Jay is an enthusiastic supporter of the Carlton Observatory and actively supports the mission.

Todd Duncan PhD – Education / Programs Advisory Board

Todd received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Illinois, an M. Phil. from Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Chicago where he was an NSF and McCormick Fellow.

Todd combines a research background in physics and astronomy with experience teaching science to a wide variety of audiences. He’s passionate about helping people recognize and experience their connection to the larger cosmos. In addition to teaching formal science classes at Pacific University in Forest Grove, he spends much of his free time setting up telescopes in public spaces to provide informal opportunities for people to feel inspired by views of craters on the Moon, rings of Saturn, and the conversations that spontaneously spring up when people from all walks of life gather to look up at the night sky. The Carlton Observatory offers an opportunity for a permanent site for this kind of connection to happen, and he’s excited to help make this happen.

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Contact janet@carltonobservatory.com

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