Martha Lanaghen

“Science Galaxy is an important way to provide new hands-on learning opportunities to people throughout Colorado and beyond.  It will attract thought leaders from around the world to our beautiful community and will be a terrific gathering spot for lifelong learners.”

Martha is the Executive Director of Maker Bolder, a non-profit organization that produces interactive science content and events, including STEAM Fest that attracts over 5,000 people to the Rocky Mountain region every year. She has empowered youth around the globe to pursue career paths in higher education, authored eight text books focused on preparing young adults for success in the workplace, and is the founder of The Sparrow Group, a successful international consulting agency. Martha has lived in Boulder for over 25 years and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Colorado State, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. When not busy with growing Colorado’s innovative education community, Martha enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family and continuing to dream big for the future of science education. Her favorite science discovery is CRISPR (pronounced crisper), a new genome editing tool that has the potential to cure any genetic disease.

Kelly Cavill

“I want to help create extraordinary learning experiences across the sciences that promote family engagement through the use of real objects, immersive environments, and creative interpretation.”

Kelly is currently VP of Sales and Marketing at Astronaut Foods, which is part of American Outdoor Products, a Boulder based family business since 1951. Astronaut Ice Cream is sold in over 300 science and space museums worldwide. Recently, Kelly has applied her management and leadership skills at a software marketing company and a sales lead startup. Previously, she worked in the film industry as a development executive at Lions Gate Films and New Line Cinema in Los Angeles. As a parent of two young children, and married to a climate scientist, Kelly is passionate about science education and provides project management leadership, enthusiasm and dedication to the Science Galaxy team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, yoga, creative projects, road trips of exploration and dinner with friends. Her favorite scientific discovery is the discovery of DNA by Friedrich Miescher in 1869.

Sumanth Channabasappa

“We need better ways to engage our children, to embrace and grow their curiosity, to share the joy of learning, and for us to see through their eyes. I believe that the vision of Science Galaxy is one effective way to enable this, and I can’t wait for it to blossom!”

Sumanth has been involved with global technologies and innovative products in the areas of mobile, broadband, Internet, network security, voice over IP, open networking, and the Internet of Things and his projects have impacted millions of users worldwide. After leadership positions in large enterprises, startups and R&D organizations, Sumanth is currently contributing to health care, smart cities and solutions for the blind and visually impaired. Sumanth is also helping companies with strategy, business models and lean execution. In his free time, he enjoys to dream, snowboard, have cool conversations, hike, make new friends, play tennis, create memories, read, and try to make a small dent. Sumanth’s favorite scientific discoveries are the theory of relativity by Einstein and algorithms by Ada Lovelace, both showcasing our limitations and our potential at the same time, and still fuel our growth as a species.