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

Scott Liebhauser - "Badger" - Executive Director

Scott Liebhauser was born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin.  At the age of 17 he joined the United States Air Force where he served for over 20 years at various locations.  During his military career, Scott excelled in many career fields to include Logistics, Education and Training, Recruiting and Retention, Knowledge Operations Management and capped his career as the Superintendent of Finance.  He served in Operation Desert Storm and has received numerous awards and decorations throughout his career.  Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management.  He went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.  Upon graduation, Scott began a career as an Adjunct Professor at Spring Arbor University where he taught Business and Management Courses.  He thoroughly enjoys his work as the Director of STARBASE Indiana and looks forward to many years of service to the Fort Wayne youth in the arena of STEM Education.

He is married to his lovely wife, Francine who together have two wonderful teenagers, Joshua and Jacob.

Deputy Director/Lead teacher

Tom Foltz - "Beaker" -  Deputy Director

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.

Victoria Wilson - "VW Beetle"- Teacher

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 IPFW, earning a Bachelor Degree with a concentration in Science.

Victoria has traveled several times 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.

Teacher

Heather Dye - "Bumblebee" - Strategic Planning Manager & Summer Camp Coordinator

Heather Dye is a Northeast Indiana native, born and raised near Fort Wayne. She has worked as a homeschool parent liason, as well as homeschool teacher among many other student education related experiences. She is a graduate of Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne College of Arts and Sciences, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Linguistics. Heather's husband, Doug, has proudly served in the Air National Guard for over 32 years, she has a tremendous son and outstanding daughter. In addition, Heather is excited to have two step-daughters, and a granddaughter in her growing family! Heather is also actively pursuing her Masters of Science in Psychology from California Southern University. She has experienced STARBASE programming as a parent and was delighted to join the STARBASE staff in promoting STEM education as a planning manager, camp coordinator, and web designer for

Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Indianapolis locations.

Strategic planning Manager

Susan Callaway - "Bomber" - 2.0 Program Coordinator

Susan was raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a town that surrounded Tinker Air Force Base, where most of the parents of her schoolmates worked as pilots in the Guard, Air Force or as civilians. Great teachers, who made a powerful impression, led her to obtain an elementary degree after high school.  Encouraged as a leader, she earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration a few years later.  After thirteen years of public school teaching, she was asked come to Findlay, Ohio where she worked as a Christian Education curriculum consultant, editor of Capture magazine, youth and family director, teacher trainer and event planner.  This work adventure took her on the road to train teachers across the United States and in various countries such as Moldova, Haiti, Brazil, and recently, Bolivia.  After fourteen years of travel, Susan and her husband settled in Fort Wayne where her son was employed at the 122nd as a full time Air Guardsman.  He told her about STARBASE and the rest is history.  With the heart of a teacher, Susan jumped at the chance to teach classrooms of students with minds on, hands on STEM focused learning! Being a difference by encouraging students to pursue their dreams and enjoy productive lives is her goal.

2.0 program coordinator

Daniel Buchholz - "Boo" -

Daniel began with STARBASE Indiana at the beginning in the spring of 2012 as the former Office Manager, and is now a part-time technical expert. He is full-time at the Air National Guard as an Aircraft Hydraulic Technician for the 122nd Fighter Wing Indiana Air National Guard. He is has also been the Vice President of the 122nd Junior Enlisted Council within the 122nd Fighter Wing ans continues as a member, supporting their new leadership from a mentoring role. Daniel loves learning new skills and using them to impact my surroundings. Daniel is currently working towards my Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, B.S. at Indiana University of Technology, Fort Wayne. His dream is to help design a better future for future generations, which includes helping them learn about Science, Technology, Engineering,

and Mathematics.

 

 

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