AAVSO Board Officers and Members

The AAVSO Bylaws can be found here

OFFICERS 

 President

David Cowall
2021-2024

B.Sc., M.D.
(biography)

1st Vice President

Richard Berry


Astronomy, M.Sc.
(biography)

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary

Kristine Larsen


Astronomy, Ph.D.
(biography)

Treasurer

Robert Stephens


Certified Public Accountant
(biography)

 

 

Executive Director and CEO

Stella Kafka
2015 - Present

Astronomy, Ph.D.(biography)

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS 2021 - 2022

Class of 2022

   

Joyce A. Guzik
(2nd term)

Astronomy, Ph.D.
(biography)

Karen Kinemuchi

(1st term)

Astronomy Ph.D.

(biography)

John W. Briggs
(1st term)
 

Physics B.Sc

(biography)

Class of 2023

 

 

Robert Buchheim
(2nd term)

Physics B.Sc
(biography)

Ken Hudson
(2nd term)

Political Science B.Sc
(biography)

Heather Laird
(1st term)

(biography)

 

 

 

 

Class of 2024

 

 
 

Sarah Austrin-Willis
(1st term)

International Relations & International Economics, MA; MBA

(biography)

 

Dennis Conti
(1st term)

Computer Science, Ph.D.


(biography)

Thomas Maccarone
(1st term)

Astronomy, Ph.D.

(biography)

 

 

 

Board Governance 

Executive Committee: Acts as a sounding board for the ED and steering committee for the full Board; Ensures confidential handling of personnel matters; Handles emergency items between board meetings.

Governance Committee: ED Performance Plan development and assessment; Develop and document organization governance plan; Maintain and update Board “Policy and Procedures Manual”.

Finance Committee: Develop annual budget with ED for Board approval; Oversee budget and all AAVSO finances; Assess and present organization financial status information to Board and members.

Investment Committee: Oversee the management of the AAVSO endowment and Recommend AAVSO’s endowment investment manager.

Fundraising Committee: Assist in the development of specific initiatives.

Diversity Committee: The Diversity Committee’s goal is to increase the diversity of AAVSO's membership to reflect modern society. The committee will recommend programs and marketing initiatives to accomplish this goal, and track AAVSO's progress.

Nominating Committee – this is a Bylaw defined committee composed of non-Board members who identify and recommend AAVSO members to run for election to the Board.  The committee is appointed by the Board President.

IT Committee The IT Committee is responsible for the development and overall guidance of AAVSO's IT strategy and implementation master plan. Its current focus is  identifying and prioritizing tools and tool enhancement and determining the future strategy for the evolution of our Django/Drupal website.

Marketing Committee: Develop the marketing plan and marketing material for AAVSO.  Determine what works.  As appropriate, bring in consultants to perform specific work (e.g., writers, media consultants etc). Coordinate and actively work with the fundraising committee and the Diversity committees as appropriate.
Programs Committee: Develop metrics to assess ongoing AAVSO programs for member interest, cost/benefit, and scalability; Vet new program ideas – assessing member interest, cost, suitability, priority.

Membership Committee: Work on increasing AAVSO membership; Gather ongoing feedback from members on current activities and recommend enhancements to grow membership.

Observing Section Leadership Team:  Members are section leaders and AAVSO staff. Observing section leaders meet monthly with staff to share ideas and experiences and to create a consistent way to communicate with section members through our section’s activities.

Past AAVSO Officers and Section Leaders

Please click here for historical information on past AAVSO Officers, Council Members, Committee Chairs, and Section Leaders.