About the Team

Gene Mikulka

Talking Space Founder and Panelist

Gene is a technical writer, trainer and business analyst. Between 1992 and 1995 he volunteered at the County College of Morris Planetarium located in Randolph, NJ where he produced, authored  and presented planetarium shows, assisted with the planetarium's outreach and public programs. Gene is also an amateur spaceflight historian, amateur astronomer and model rocketry enthusiast and has presented talks about he human spaceflight programs to schools and civic groups. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kean University and his memberships include the National Space Society, The Planetary Society, and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also board member emeritus of the Ferromnte Historic Society and is active in community theater.  Gene calls New Jersey home, although misses his adopted home town of St Augustine, Florida. 

Follow Gene on Twitter: @genejm29

Gina Herlihy

Talking Space Manned Spaceflight Contributor

Gina is a Senior Marketing professional for an energy media firm outside of Boston and has closely followed American Spaceflight for as long as she can remember. She has witnessed multiple Space Shuttle launches and is an active supporter of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Gina has read many astronaut biographies and attended several events where she has been able to meet and speak with American astronauts personally. She holds a Political Science B.A. from Merrimack College and a Communications M.A. from Emerson College. Gina is a member of the National Space Society.

Follow Gina on Twitter: @clearedthetower

Mark Ratterman

Talking Space Panelist

Mark is an FAA Electronics Technician working on ground based Communications, Navigation and Weather systems since 1975 based in FL.  He wanders the web looking for interesting space, astronomy and science content and believes that learning is a key ingredient to a good day. Mark is an avid Space Fan and lucky enough to see one Apollo and three space Shuttle Launches. Mark had "the experience of a lifetime" as a participant of the NASA hosted STS-129 #NASAtweetup group and VIP guest for the launch. Since June 2010 he has participated in a number of media events at KSC. Including on June 22, 2011 "Discovery Media Day," seeing the Orbiter up close from both outside and inside.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markratterman

Sawyer Rosenstein

Talking Space Host and Editor

Sawyer is a  college senior at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, but is originally from New Jersey. He is also a flight director running simulated space missions at the Town of Ramapo Challenger Center. During a public space mission Sawyer directs simulated space missions to the moon, mars, and to rendezvous with a coment. Along the way, he aids people from ages 6-106 and teaches them how interesting space really is, while focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for the participating students. Sawyer is also a consultant for the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. As well, Sawyer has interned with the communications office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Sawyer has found a large enthusiasm towards manned spaceflight missions past and present, including the Space Shuttle and Apollo programs. For more info, an article was recenty run in the "Bergen Record", a paper in New Jersey: http://bit.ly/6Umc4Y

Follow Sawyer on Twitter: @thenasaman

Kat Robison

Talking Space Panelist

Talking Space Panelist

Kat is a Political Science Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at The University of Alabama. She obtained her M.A. from Youngstown State University in American Studies and her B.A. from The University of Arizona in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies. Kat focuses on the intersections of religion, politics, and science, and the use of rhetorical strategies on social media. Her research includes projects that have examined such topics as NASA's use of social media, the effect of religious fundamentalists on American science policy, and how Islamic fundamentalists are appropriating "creation science" from fundamentalist American institutions to craft an Islamic creationist narrative. Kat, along with CraftLass, is a founding member of the Geek Girls Night Out team, and is also a poet and blogger. You can find out more about Kat, along with links to her research, poetry, and blog at www.kathrynrobison.com.

Follow Kat on Twitter: @katrobison 

Kassy Tamanini

Talking Space Panelist and Editor

Talking Space Panelist and Editor

Kassy wears many hats (both literally and figuratively). While beginning a career in the music industry, she discovered a dormant passion for physics during an audio engineering class at The New School (now New School University). In music, she used a lifetime love of computers to pick up skills in audio editing, web and graphic design, and whatever else was needed for the job at hand as well as learning about songwriting from some of the most knowledgeable people. Coming back to her childhood love of space, she was inspired by her frustration with Congress to write “Bake Sale for NASA,” a song explaining why NASA deserves more funding. Upon release, she made her first podcast appearance right here and soon became the “Fifth Beatle” of the show, filling in as a guest panelist repeatedly until she covered IAC 2014 for the podcast and just never left. When not busy recording, prepping for, or editing this podcast she can be found working on several music projects (including an album inspired by the shuttle program), designing as a freelancer, editing/publishing/writing for Geek Girls Night Out and other sites, or bugging strangers about why they should care about space around Hoboken, NJ.

Follow Kassy on Twitter: @craftlass