Kathy M. Michaels, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Ms. Michaels holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Science Education from Buffalo State College and has continued post graduate studies at Buffalo State College and UB since 1976. She retired from teaching in 2004 after 37 years at Maryvale Union Free School District in Cheektowaga where she was also planetarium director. Her duties included instruction in general and Earth science, math, math lab at middle and high school levels and intermediate and middle school planetarium programming. She is a member of the International Planetarium Society, Great Lakes Planetarium Association (Fellow), Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, Buffalo Geologic Society, National Speleological Society (Life), Lockport Kiwanis Club (Vice President, Key Club Liaison), NYS Retired Teachers Association, and WNYRT-WZ. Her passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) subjects led her to bring the Challenger Learning Center to Lockport where she continues to share her love of learning with students of all ages.
Paul J. Krupinski, Planetarium Director/Astronomer and Co-Founder
"Mr. K," as he is known to his students, has been hooked on astronomy since his first planetarium experience in 8th grade at the Maryvale Junior High School Planetarium in Cheektowaga, NY. He holds a Bachelors degree in Geoscience with a minor in Astronomy and a Masters in Earth Science Education with a concentration in planetarium program development. He served as an intern at the prestigious Rochester Museum & Science Center's Strasenburgh Planetarium and has taught Astronomy at Buffalo State College. In the summer of 1993, he purchased a portable planetarium, Mr. K's Mobile Dome Planetarium, and began a more than 20 year career presenting public star shows, large format giant screen motion pictures and laser shows, as well as hundred of live interactive presentations at local schools. He is on the Executive Board, Past President and Fellow of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS) and is a Fellow if the International Planetarium Society. A co-founder of the CLC, his offerings include "What's Up in the Night Sky," current missions in the solar system and fascinating topics such as the structure of the large scale universe.