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Meet the ASA Executive Council
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President: Stephen Moshier

Steve Moshier traces his interest in science to the first American spaceflight in 1961 (he was in kindergarten and his grandmother gave him a toy rocket that afternoon). Following the Apollo explorations of the Moon and developing a love of the outdoors through Boy Scouting led to a major in geology at Virginia Tech. At the same time, encounters with Christians in the dorm and geology department led him to faith in Christ. After completing an MA in geology from SUNY Binghamton, Steve entered the world of oil and gas exploration and development. The research question for his eventual PhD dissertation came to Steve during an oil company assignment in North Sumatra. As an Alumni Foundation Fellow at LSU, he studied the formation of microporosity in limestone petroleum reservoirs in the Middle East and Indonesia. Steve joined the ASA when he was at LSU, where he appreciated the fellowship of ASA members there on the science faculty. After completing his PhD in 1986, Steve joined the geology faculty at the University of Kentucky and in 1991 moved to Wheaton College, where he serves as chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Science and Director of the Wheaton College Science Station. At Wheaton, Steve enjoys the opportunity to mentor future scientists and help students of all majors navigate the currents running between science and faith. Over the past 15 years, Steve has engaged in field geoarchaeological research in the Sinai, Egypt and Israel, and has created maps showing the land as it appeared during biblical history.

Vice-President: John Wood

John is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at The King’s University in Edmonton. He completed his BA in Biology at North Park University, Chicago. MSc-Biology at Central Washington University and his PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley, in Stream Ecology and Insect Behaviour. Current research includes the behaviour of urban White-tailed Jackrabbits and campus sustainability. He and psychologist, Dr. Heather Looy, have explored our cultural blind spot toward accepting food insects - one aspect of Western exceptionalism. Before moving to Canada in 1989 John taught for 6 years at Simpson College, then in San Francisco. His professional work includes the development and review of undergraduate environmental science programs, and he is a reviewer for the ECO Canada national accreditation process for environmental science and environmental studies programs.

Secretary-Treasurer: Lynn Billman

Lynn L. Billman retired in September 2013 from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a Department of Energy laboratory in Golden, Colorado.  Lynn grew up in Chicago, and loved chemistry, physics, and math in high school.  She graduated with a BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She went to work as an analytical chemist with Chevron, and later moved into management analysis and planning.  Making a big move with her husband from California to Colorado, she landed a job (finally!) as a science writer with what later became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  During more than 26 years of service, Lynn’s work spanned all technology and mission areas in support of NREL executive management, research program planning, campus design and sustainability, communications, and energy market and policy analysis.  Her career is a testimony to all the different ways a person can apply a chemistry degree!  She became a Christian at a women’s retreat in 1990, and has served in a variety of churches since then.  Lynn’s passion is helping people succeed, and has taken on the challenge of developing the ASA affiliate group "Christian Women in Science.”  She lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her German Shepherd Toby, and enjoys having all her children and grandchildren nearby.

Member: Dorothy Boorse

Dorothy Boorse, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at Gordon College. She studies wetland ecology and is passionate about connecting science and faith communities, increasing women and minorities in science, and supporting science literacy. Dorothy teaches, does research with students, and has co-authored an environmental science textbook for undergraduates.-She is lead author on Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment (National Association of Evangelicals 2011) She has been a member of the ASA since around 2001 and is an ASA fellow.

Member: Terry Gray

Early Career Rep: Faith Tucker