STARBASE Indiana-Fort Wayne was founded at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Indiana by Col David Augustine (Ret). Doors to our first class on February 14, 2012, and have been proudly serving the teachers and youth of Northeast Indiana ever since. The 122nd Fighter Wing, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II out of the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne International Airport is adjacent to the base and is also known by its original name, Baer Field.  Baer Field was named for 1st Lieutenant Paul Baer, a World War I veteran and Fort Wayne native.

 

STARBASE Indiana - Fort Wayne Staff

Executive Director

Strategic planning Manager

2.0 program coordinator

Teacher

Tom foltz

Heather dye

Evan Smith

Victoria wilson

Tom "Beaker"  Foltz

Tom Foltz was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Carroll High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Earlham College and attended Arizona State University for graduate work in Planetary Geology and Astrobiology. Before joining the STARBASE Indiana team, he spent more than 17 years leading STEM programs at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, at the Challenger Space Center in Phoenix, Arizona and at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne. To date, Tom has presented programs to over 75,000 students and has led over 1,000 simulated space missions. He served as part of a NASA Explorer School team and was selected as one of 15 educators from across the country to be a NASA Galileo Europa Mission Educator Fellow. In 2014, he was named Chapter Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association, and received the Science-STEM Education Award from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. He was awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship from the Lilly Endowment in 2016 and used it to complete the Project PoSSUM Citizen-Scientist Astronaut training program. His wife is a High School French teacher and together they have two daughters, Celeste and Nora.

Evan "BEAST" Smith

Evan Smith was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Bishop Luers High School. He attended Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne and graduated with a Bachelors in secondary education with a middle school endorsement. He has taught a variety of classes for the past 11 years in the social studies, mathematics, and technology fields.

In addition, he has a lovely wife (Claire) who also is a teacher; as well as a daughter (Bernadette) and a son (Percival).

Evan is thrilled to be teaching students in Fort Wayne with a STEM focused education.

Victoria "VW Beetle" Wilson

Victoria Wilson was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, right outside Downtown. She has work with elementary aged children since she was in her teens. She studied Elementary Education at Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne, earning a Bachelor's degree with a concentration in Science.  Victoria travels often overseas to Ethiopia, Haiti, and El Salvador for educational outreach and missionary initiatives. She  has also worked in ministry as Children’s Director for 1st- 5th grade students at her local church. In 2017, Victoria was awarded the Air Force Association (AFA) Teacher of the Year Award.

Heather "Bumblebee" Dye

Heather Dye is a Northeast Indiana native, born and raised near Fort Wayne. She is a graduate of Purdue University-Fort Wayne (IPFW) College of Arts and Sciences, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and minor in Linguistics. Heather obtained her Masters of Science in Psychology from California Southern University in 2018. Heather's husband, Doug, has proudly served in the Air National Guard for over 33 years. She is excited to be a full-time parent to a tremendous son in high school, and an outstanding grown daughter. Two step-daughters and a granddaughter fill her awesome family. In past experiences Heather has worked as a home-school liaison, social work intern for individuals with special needs, as well as education and service-related positions. Heather also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Purdue-University, Fort Wayne.  She joined the STARBASE Indiana team in December of 2013, has experienced programming as a parent, and has been delighted to promote STEM as the office manager, camp coordinator, web designer, and more for Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis,

and Gary locations.

Have any questions? Email any of our locations for details:

Fort Wayne  (260) 478-3712

Indianapolis (317) 247-3502

South Bend (317) 247-3300 ext. 88834

Gary (317) 247-3300 ext. 85341

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