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|Meet the ASA Team|
Leslie Wickman, Ph.D, is an internationally respected research scientist, engineering consultant, author, and inspirational speaker. For more than a decade, she was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed's Corporate Astronaut (hence the nickname "Rocket Girl"!).
She now divides her time between serving as the Executive Director of the ASA and as a Professor of Engineering at California Baptist University. She also works as a research scientist on technical and policy aspects of national aerospace and defense issues.
Leslie is a dedicated athlete, playing competitive beach doubles volleyball with CBVA & FIVB, as well as both indoor and beach volleyball for Athletes in Action. She holds a Master's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a doctorate in human factors and and biomechanics, both from Stanford University.
Vicki L. Best joined the ASA in 2012 as Financial Manager and then in 2016, she assumed the leadership role as Director of Operations and Development. She possesses a wealth of experience as an accountant, financial officer, real estate manager and development professional, both in the business world and the not-for-profit sector. After a decade in a variety of corporate settings, she spent 16 years as the CFO for Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), a classical, Christian school in the Boston area. Her additional nonprofit experience includes executive leadership, institutional advancement, and accounting, budget and tax consulting for several faith-based organizations.
She continues work as Property Manager and Tax Consultant at CCA and as well as Treasurer at First Congregational Church of Hamilton, her home church, where she has served for 22 years. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of Wazee Foundation, an organization that serves the impoverished elderly in Kenya, Africa.
Vicki received a Bachelors in Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Mathematics from Gordon College. She is currently working on a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Biola University. In her free time, she loves traveling with her family and enjoys participating in many sports including coaching girls varsity softball and girls middle school basketball.
James C. Peterson
Formerly holding the R. A. Hope Chair at McMaster University and serving as the president of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, James C. Peterson (PhD Virginia) is now the Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Benne Center at Roanoke College, the ethicist for Lewis Gale Hospital, and a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. An ordained pastor, he is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, and has been a clinical and research fellow in genetics funded by the National Institutes of Health. Besides other works, he has published two books with Eerdmans on human genetic intervention: Genetic Turning Points and Changing Human Nature. Invitations to lecture have come from universities including Oxford, Queens, British Columbia, Toronto, Harvard, Northwestern, and confessional colleges from Calvin to Wheaton. The International Society for Science and Religion founded at Cambridge, has elected him a Fellow.
Lyn Berg earned a BS in elementary education from Gordon College and MEd from Rhode Island College. She taught in Rhode Island and Massachusetts before leaving teaching to raise her children. She returned to the workplace part time after her youngest child entered school: first as secretary at the First Baptist Church of Newburyport, and then as Managing Editor at ASA.
She enjoys volunteering at church, playing with her grandchildren, and doing puzzles.
Chelsea Church joins us as Membership and Outreach Manger in the home office in Topsfield. She has a dual background in the arts and technology. Chelsea has done extensive work in graphic design and writing, and has over 10 years of experience in database and digital asset design and management in both the non-profit and commercial sectors. She received her BA from Williams College, with a double major in art history and english.
She has worked in client-facing, registration, and curatorial positions in galleries, museums and studios, most recently in New York, NY. Her writing for previous institutions has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is passionate about creating and fostering networks of communication that support and fortify communities.
Sy (Seymour) Garte Ph.D (Biochemistry) is Editor-in-Chief of the ASA magazine, God and Nature. He is Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, and has been: Division Director at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH; Interim Vice President for Research, Uniformed Services University; Professor at University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and New York University.
Dr. Garte serves as Vice President, Washington DC Chapter of ASA. He’s been a Moderator and speaker at ASA annual meetings, and has published in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, God and Nature, and the Biologos Blog.
During his scientific research career, Dr. Garte published over 200 peer reviewed papers. He is recipient of numerous grants, given numerous presentations, and is author of 4 books (and one in press). Dr. Garte has been on several advisory boards, including for the John Templeton Foundation. He is Lay Leader of the Rockville MD United Methodist Church.
Randy Isaac is ASA Executive Director Emeritus, having served as the Executive Director from 2005-2016. He has a BS in physics from Wheaton College and a MS and PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His career was at IBM from 1977-2005 where he became Research Vice-President of Systems, Science, and Technology. Having spent time in building computers, he is now the IT Consultant, helping the ASA office with technical support.
Derek C. Schuurman studied electrical engineering and worked in industry for several years prior to entering the academic life. He is professor of computer science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he currently holds the William Spoelhof teacher-scholar in residence chair. Prior to Calvin College, he taught computer science at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario and at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. His research interests began in the area of robotics and computer vision but more recently he has focused on topics relating faith and technology. He is author of the book Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology published by InterVarsity Press.
Brought up in a Christian family in a Philadelphia Suburb in the 1930s and 1940s. Graduated from the Kings College in 1953 as chemistry major. Married Ann Sutliff in 1953. Earned MS (1955) and PhD (1957) degrees in Physical Chemistry at the University of Delaware.
Taught Physical and Analytical Chemistry at Grove City College, PA 1957-1961 and moved to Gordon College MA and developed a Chemistry program and conducted research on carbohydrate reaction mechanisms and chemiluminescence reactions and taught summer courses in analytical chemistry at Tufts and Boston University.
I developed a course in Science and Christianity for seniors that drew students from many disciplines that built on my ASA membership begun in 1954 in the Wilmington section. With the encouragement of Harold Hartzler, I began a serious engagement with the ASA that has continued from after my retirement from the College to the present in diminished form.
First Elected a fellow I became a council member in the 1970s and served as Editor of the PSCF in the 1990s and had the privilege with Terry Gray of bringing the journal and the organization into the computer era. A grant from Christian College Consortium enabled me to travel in England and Europe and build links with those of similar interests.
Arie Leegwater is Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Calvin College. He received his PhD (1967) in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University. From 1967-1969, he read history of science and philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam doing post-doctoral study in history of science with Reijer Hooykaas. He was coordinator of a Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship team on responsible technology (1983-1984), science editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review (1996-2003), participant in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity (University of Oxford, 1999-2001), and editor of PSCF from 2008-2011. He continues his work with PSCF as a book review editor.
Leegwater has published in various forums and given lectures in the USA, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Korea, on religion and history of science themes. He is married to Boukje W. Feenstra. They have two sons as well as four grandchildren.