Meet Team Starfest

Starfest is made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers who bring their unique talents to create the best possible program each year.  Team Starfest consists of a Core Team and an extended team.  The core team is responsible for planning the event, arranging for speakers, preparing the brochure, processing registrations, and looking after the host of other details that ensures that Starfest runs smoothly.

Core Team

Program Team Leader: Heide DeBond
Speaker Coordinators: Heide DeBond
Cathy McWatters
Elizabeth Doucette
Imaging Salon Coordinator: Dave Dev
Vendor Coordinators: John Merchant
Susan Engels
Bruce Engels
Bring Home the Bacon Award: Andreas Gada
AstroTent: Ramesh Pooran
Sky Tour Coordinator: Cathy McWatters
Friday Night at the Movies: Elizabeth Doucette
Swap Table Coordinator: Norm Folkers
Registration Team Leader: Diane O'Rourke
Pre-Registration: Diane O'Rourke
Onsite Registration: Rosemary Kelsch
Kathleen Crawford-Slover
Post Starfest Processing: Heide DeBond
Database: Mike Miner
Luke McCauley
Richard LeBreton
Logistics Team Leader: Louise & Luke McCauley
Riverplace Liason: Glenn Slover
Starfest Contact:
Artwork, Brochure: Louise McCauley
David Ledger
Promotional Items: Elizabeth Doucette
John Merchant
Facebook Discussion Group: Peter Tattersall
Marc Fitkin
Marke Kaye
Tony Ward
Music Director: David Cotterell
Audio/Video: Bill Crutwell
John Merchant
Starfest WiFi: David Ledger
Webmaster: David Ledger
Supplier Coordinator: Glenn Slover
Finance: Glenn Slover
Strategic Planning: Norm Folkers
Richard McWatters
Andreas Gada
Rick Kelsch
Malcolm Park
Andrew Brownbill
David Ledger

Extented Team

During Starfest another crew joins the team.  Most Starfest Helpers are NYAA members but anyone is welcome to join the team and help.  If you are interested in lending a hand please .
Starfest Helpers are identified by a unique Logistics Team t-shirt.  Some of the tasks performed by the helpers include:

  • Mailing of brochures
  • Preparing registration kits
  • staffing the registration desk
  • setting up the stage, and chairs inside the tents
  • running the electrical cables into the field
  • covering the lights in public areas with red plastic
  • helping with the Sky Tour
  • helping with Kidfest
  • putting up signage
  • moderating the sessions

Starfest Helpers

Brian O'Rourke
Bonnie Bird
Stephanie Choquette
Margueret Bernier
Maureen Rowed
David Rowed
Elaine Dos Santos
Tony Dos Santos
Janet Ward
Andrew Waring
Mark Kaye
Bill Yager
Joan Masterson
Liisa
Cheryl Dawson
Pat McLaren
Cindy, Brenda and Dan