Board of Directors

Russ Brick, President

I have been a SCAS member since 2004. Elected to the board in 2015 and president in 2018. I am also the Vendor Coordinator for the Winter Star Party. I am an avid visual astronomer and a reasonable astrophotographer. Please feel free to reach out to me any time at russbrick@scas.org.

Pat Saunders, Director

SCAS Member since 1997. Served on WSP Hospitality Team since 1998. Saw Saturn’s Encke Division at the 2003 WSP. Please feel free to contact me at: saunderserineliz@aol.com.

Neal Kleinman, Director

SCAS member since 2008, serves on the board since 2020. Neal introduces new members to our What's App platform and updates our FaceBook page. Neal attends the WSP and Saturday evenings at the D'Auria Observatory. Neal is a visual Astronomer and an Astrophotographer. Please feel free to contact me at: nkleinma@bellsouth.net.

Roberto Torres, Director

Joined SCAS in 1992 and later became a board member, Astronomy has been a life-long passion. In addition to showing the public the wonders of the night sky, I take every opportunity to view as many objects as I can myself. More recently, I have begun dabbling in astrophotography. Please feel free to contact me at: fornax123@bellsouth.net.

Sergio Fiquera, Director

Sergio has been a member since 2004 and was elected to the board in 2019. He enjoys sharing the wonders and stories of the night sky with the public. Besides astronomy, Sergio also enjoys Polynesian Tiki culture, singing/songwriting, scuba diving, and filming. Please feel free to contact me at:crazyqban67@yahoo.com.

Tim Khan, Vice President

Please feel free to contact me at: tkhan@scas.org.

Barb Yager, Secretary

Barb edited the Coal Sack for 25 years, published the Stargazer for 34 years (Miami Herald). Barb initiated an astronomy scholarship at FIU. She is our outreach coordinator and also directs the SCAS Astronomy Observatory at Bill Sadowski Park, Palmetto Bay. Please feel free to contact me at: barbyager@aol.com.

Ric Babcock, Director

Ric First joined SCAS in 1998 and was elected to the board in 2000. Between 2006-2018, in California, I served with the Fremont Peak Observers Association. I’ve found my relaxing pastime, behind my scope and sharing with others the beauty and wonders of the nighttime sky. Please feel free to contact me at: gentlehart@gmail.com.

Mike Smith, Parlimentarian

Please feel free to contact me at: mike@scas.org.

Paul Buscher, Director

Please feel free to contact me at: paulito1223@hotmail.com.

Steve Van Ryn, Vice President

Steve has been a member since 2004 and was elected to the board shortly after. He was a prime force onsite, keeping the Winter Star Party running for many years. Steve enjoys visual astronomy but his passion has always been astrophotography. Please feel free to contact me at: stevevanryh1@gmail.com.

Victoria Van Ryn, Treasurer

Victoria has been married to her husband Steve, for 39 years and they joined the club together. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They recently moved to Alachua, Fl. She loves the outdoors and learning about plants around her new home. Please feel free to contact me at: vvanryn@gmail.com.

Raul Vergara, Director

I have been a member of SCAS since 2020 but have had a lifelong interest in astronomy. I have recently taken up astrophotography. My real passion is showing the public some of the amazing objects we can see even in our light-polluted skies. Please feel free to contact me at: rvergara8914@gmail.com.com.