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John Puttre

Mr. Puttre has been with the STARBASE Wisconsin program since its inception and provided program oversight as part of his former role with the WI Air National Guard. He recently retired after a 33 year career in the ANG and is excited to continue to support STARBASE Wisconsin as its Director.

Tiffany Newton

Ms. Newton has several years of experience working with young people in Milwaukee, and is excited to continue that work in a hands-on science environment.

Michelle Klos-Gonzalez

Michelle has been a 5-12 grade academic educator and youth development program coordinator for STEM Education for over 9 years. She is excited about the authentic and hands-on activities students enjoy while at STARBASE.

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Boyd

Jackie has worked in both the education and aviation arenas. As a Special Education Teacher she used a unique way of Teaching students how to advocate for themselves. In her aviation work students learned the amazing science of flight. “I know that being part of the Staff Development Program Team, here at STARBASE WISCONSIN, will be a challenging and fulfilling experience for me and I’m very excited to get to work.”

Kenny "K.J." Jones

I'm a kid from North Philadelphia and a youth servant for the past 25+ years. I have been apart of the Milwaukee family since 2014. I am excited about my new journey.

Deja Olloway

Deja Olloway is a Milwaukee native and is currently STARBASE’s office manager. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She’s dedicated to adolescent development, psychology, andeducation. Throughout her time at UWM, she supported the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Reach Out and Read Program. During that time, she visited low-income pediatric clinics to help children with early literacy, homework tutoring, while donating reading glasses and books. She also spent time serving as a leader in a pre-college program called UWM Mini Courses. Deja provided assistance to instructors, while helping students with hands on projects, and providing student mentorship. Deja is now pursing her master’s degree in clinical mental health psychology and adolescent studies, on her off time, with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.