PPCF Leadership Team Biographies
Education – AA in Business, AS in Science and Certified Financial Planner.
Work Status – Retired in 2006 after 30 years as a financial advisor and CFP. Worked at Merrill Lynch, then PaineWebber which became UBS. Prior work included calibrating the cancer treatment units and assisting in radium implant treatments at Penrose Hospital in the Physics Dept.
Home Church – Member at Mesa Hills Bible Church
Michael is originally from Michigan, spent 20 years in the Marines, and is married to Katheline Bittner. They have four grown children: Patti, Dillon, Gillian, and Logan. Michael holds a master's degree in education and attends the Eastside Church of Christ on Flintridge and Vickers in Colorado Springs. His science hero is Louis Pasteur, whom he quotes: "The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator!"
Education – B.S. in Chemistry with minors in math & physics; 6 graduate level courses in chemistry, microscopy & crystallography plus additional undergraduate courses in microscopy, metallurgy / material science; about a dozen week-long, ongoing educational courses in chemistry, material science of non-metals, metallurgy & various microscopic techniques & training. Much of my post under-graduate training was directly work-related schooling.
Work Status – Retired in 2013. Worked in two engineering facilities (10 years) and one research center (29 years). Latter experience focused various analysis & method development in fields of -- non-metals, composite and metals failure analysis; forensics & failure analyses of various customer applications; developmental chemistry & product development evaluation of product application material; solids formation analysis. I retired as senior research scientist.
Home Church – Member at Woodland Park Community Church.
Education – B.S. in Geophysics from Christian Heritage College (now San Diego Christian College) with additional undergraduate courses in Geology, Biology and Music from East Carolina University (ECU). One graduate level course in Evolution from ECU. Certified Fire Inspector Levels 1 & 2 from University of Maryland.
Work Status – Retired in September 2018. Tour Guide at the Institute for Creation Research Museum while in college from 1980 to 1983, including Museum Curator during the summer of 1982. Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Colorado Springs Christian School from 1983 to 1986. Worked as an Air Force and DOD contractor, mostly at Schriever AFB, from 1987 to 2018 in various engineering disciplines. The last 21 years were spent supporting the National Reconnaissance Office as a Site Activation Engineer, Facility Manager, Facility Design Engineer and Unit Safety Representative.
Home Church – Member at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Colorado Springs.
Education – B.S. in each of computer science, math, and physics from the University of Wyoming, all in 1979; 13 graduate courses in atmospheric science.
Work Status – Worked about 25 years as a science/engineering applications programmer for contractors of the Johnson Space Center (almost 7 years) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (18+ years, mostly with the National Weather Service). Currently unemployed.
Home Church – Member of Vista Grande Baptist Church, where I'm an AWANA leader for the Journey (high school) class. I previously taught junior high, high school, college and adult Bible classes for the Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington DC and the Chinese fellowship at Heart of the Springs Church.
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