Challenger Learning Center of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Heidi DeBlock, MD
Her areas of study have included arrythmogenesis in short and long duration spaceflight, orthostatic hypotension following spaceflight- both long and short duration, and various countermeasures used for orthostatic hypotension. All are astronaut-based research.
Although based in Houston, Dr. DeBlock’s research has taken her to the Kennedy Space Center and the Dreyden Spaceflight Research Center to attend shuttle landings over the past four years. Dr. DeBlock talks about her research and work with NASA to many local schools, clubs and associations.
She is married to the Reverend Scott DeBlock, pastor of the Niskayuna Reformed Church and the mother of three young daughters.
Lance holds two Masters Degrees, one in Special Education, the other in Educational Administration.
In a career spanning 40 years Lance has received many awards and recognitions for his work in the private and government sectors. He has been a Social Services Case worker, a Special Education Teacher, Corporate Board Member, and School Administrator, War on Poverty Neighborhood Youth Corps Project Director and Child and Family Service Agency CEO.
He has and continues to serve on many Boards, Panels and Taskforces of Professional, Government, Business and community organizations, many of which he has and or is continuing to serve in leadership roles.
A graduate of the College of New Rochelle with a mathematics major, Mardy was the assistant supervisor of a nuclear engineering course at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, where she worked on the SIR project.
She was elected for four terms as the Supervisor of the Town of Niskayuna, and served on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals for five years.
Mardy has served as President of many local groups, including the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Players, Catholic Charities of Schenectady, Ladies of Charity, Schenectady branch of the American Association of University Women and the St. Clare's Hospital Auxiliary.
She is an incorporator of Proctor's Theatre, and served as an officer and on its board for many years. She served as the program chairman and booked the first two seasons for Proctor's.
She has served on the Board and as an officer of other organizations including the Schenectady Museum, Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council, Boys & Girls Club and Zonta. She is a life member of Girl Scouts of America.
Mardy has received several awards from groups such as the YWCA, Niskayuna Republicans, Schenectady Business Council, Catholic Charities and the highest award her College grants.
She and her late husband Charles have three daughters and three sons. They have 11 grandchildren.
A Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council #267, he is also a member of the University Club of Albany. A resident of Poestenkill, Stackrow earned his bachelor of Business Administration from Siena College in 1986.
Norm has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, executive leadership, and team building.
He is retired from the United States Air Force with 33 years of service. While serving in the military he created a national Health Professions Recruiting Program for the government.
Norm was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Bobsled coaching staff. He helped guide the United States team to a fourth place finish and coached a team that competed in the 1992 & 1994 Olympics.
Norm is the author of IceSpy, a sport espionage novel. He and his wife Marilyn live in Princetown, NY and are the parents of four children and seven grandchildren.
As President of QCQA Lab, Inc and its parent, TransTech Systems, Inc. David is providing entrepreneurial and operating leadership to high growth, advanced technology product
He was recognized by both the NYS Legislature and Assembly for exceptional volunteer service to the American Red Cross when a senior at the Albany Academy.
In 2005, David was a recipient of the 40 Under 40 award recognizing the Capital Region’s most promising young members of the business community under the age of 40.
He was awarded a B.S. Civil and Environmental Degree from Clarkston University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He has over ten years experience as a project engineer and with land development projects.
He has been an active volunteer with the Museum since 1985, and was a member of the Air Show Executive Committee from 1988 -1999. Bob served from 1955 to 1963 in the Vermont Air National Guard. His aviation interest is aircraft and rocket models and ballooning, and has flown in international balloon competitions.
Bob has been a special education teacher at several schools. A graduate of Castleton College, he has advanced training in special education from St. Rose and Russell Sage Colleges. With BOCES at the Guilderland Central Schools, he was responsible for planning and implementing academic and vocational programs for students with learning and behavior disorders. He also served as a Board member of Helderberg House, a home for developmentally disabled adults. He has been a founding member of the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital District.
She currently works for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York – Central Office. Manager of Corporate Accounts Receivable – Office of Sponsored Programs.
He retired from KAPL as manager Advanced Design Power Plant Engineering. While at KAPL he was involved in the design and production of several different types of naval nuclear propulsion plants.
Diana earned her BA in Psychology (cum laude), minor in Economics at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York and completed course work toward MBA/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
Stephen MacMinn, PhD
He has extensive knowledge and background in many aspects of science and technology, including engineering, information systems, telecom and networking, and software development.
Prior to joining GlobalSpec, MacMinn was with GE Corporate Research & Development in Schenectady.
He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and earned his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell in 1981 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University in 1978. He holds 13 United States and
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