Managing Editor, Perspectives on Science and Faith
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.
Becky English has over 30 years of business operations experience in the areas of real estate, valuation, and the mortgage industries. As the Assistant Vice President of Operations for MCS Valuations, formerly CoreLogic Collateral Solutions Rebecca was responsible for overseeing all aspects of valuations operations. Prior to joining CoreLogic, Becky was Assistant Vice President of Default and REO at Boston Federal Savings Bank managing all default related services including REO, foreclosure, workouts, collections and bankruptcy.
Becky earned a Master of Business Administration degree and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Bentley College. She is an adjunct faculty member for Endicott College and the Van Loan Graduate School as well as a faculty member for the Mortgage Bankers Association School of Mortgage Servicing. She is a licensed Real Estate salesperson in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and a member of the Salem Historical Commission. Becky lives in Salem, MA with her son CJ, loves to travel and is an avid baseball fan.
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.
Dana Oleskiewicz offers comprehensive business management in environmental protection with 30 years of outreach experience in science. She is self-employed serving as Administrative Director with the Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) offering coordination within five divisions on membership development, financial and budget oversight, fundraising, event planning, program administration, and marketing and communications. Her area of specialization is in organizational development, collaborative decision making, citizen science, and lake ecosystems.
She received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology, both from Kent State University, Ohio. Career accomplishments include publications, invitations to present nationally, successful grantseeking/major donor solicitation, and professional awards. She also volunteers with Girl Scouts, is Treasurer of the Musical Arts Association of Kenston, and Chair of her church’s Evangelism Team.
Dana joined the ASA in November 2018 as the Local Chapter Coordinator.
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.
Jack was brought up in a Christian family in a Philadelphia Suburb in the 1930s and 1940s. He graduated from the Kings College in 1953 as chemistry major and married Ann Sutliff in 1953. Jack earned his MS (1955) and PhD (1957) degrees in Physical Chemistry at the University of Delaware.
He taught Physical and Analytical Chemistry at Grove City College, PA 1957-1961 and moved to Gordon College MA where he developed the Chemistry program and conducted research on carbohydrate reaction mechanisms and chemiluminescence reactions. He also developed a course in Science and Christianity for seniors that drew students from many disciplines.
First Elected a fellow, Jack became a council member in the 1970s and served as Editor of the PSCF in the 1990s when he and Terry Gray brought the journal and the organization into the computer era.
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.