Executive Profiles


Image credit: Joseph Cross

Image credit: Joseph Cross

Greg Viggiano PhD, Executive Director. Greg is an entrepreneur and product management executive. He has a 20-year product management and international operations background. His previous positions have given him a broad background on which to build and launch successful and well-run ventures. Greg holds a PhD in Communication from Florida State University and has served as an adjunct professor at American University, Kogod School of Business. He directs the day-to-day management of the Museum and liaises with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.

J. Marlow Schmauder, Chief Development Officer. Marlow has 25 years of development, strategy, advisory and leadership experience in the nonprofit, philanthropy and startup sectors, as well as international exhibition experience. She founded and led both a nonprofit and a for-profit startup and has served on multiple nonprofit boards. Marlow has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an Executive Certificate in nonprofit strategy from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Joseph Gillmer CFRE® CSPG™ CAP®, Philanthropic Advisor. Joe is passionate about philanthropy and firmly believes “that service to humanity is the best work of life” (C. William Brownfield, 1951). It is that passion Joe has consistently brought to bear while working with charitable organizations on philanthropic initiatives that has raised more than $700 million over the last 15 years. Joe is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Joe has developed and presented on a range of philanthropy topics for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Bank of America Nonprofit Impact Series, DC Bar Pro-Bono Program, the Booz Allen Hamilton Nonprofit Speaker Series and the Center for Non-Profit Success as well as for several regional and national philanthropic conferences.

Mandy Sweeney, Vice President, Museum Operations. Mandy has been a deputy program manager at NASA headquarters and was the lead consultant for developing NASA’s strategic plan. As the vice president of museum operations, Mandy manages educational outreach, human resources, project management, risk management, research and library services, marketing, and public relations. Mandy is currently completing her Masters degree in Finance at Harvard University.

Alexandre Carvalho, Chief Information Officer. Alexandre has a proven background of entrepreneurship: he founded, or co-founded, two nonprofits in the areas of space and astronomy, and aerospace science, and three IT companies. He has over 25 years of experience in every area of software development and hardware integration, from hands-on coding and software architecture to quality assurance and project management. Alexandre has worked with a wide variety of technologies, ranging from the most esoteric Assembly and Forth programming languages to the most modern mobile app development platforms. Alex is responsible for all things concerning information technology for the Museum of Science Fiction.

Jonathan Spencer, General Counsel. Jonathan is a technology and transactional attorney with over 25 years of experience having held senior and executive level positions with several Internet and telecommunications companies.    Jonathan has also representedtechnology and media companies, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations. Jonathan is a former chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s IT, Privacy and E-Commerce Committee and has spoken at programs for the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Society of Association Executives and the International Technology Law Association.  Jonathan is a graduate of Brown University and Duke University School of Law.

Charles Hildebrandt, Production Counsel. Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting television programming contracts, including licensing, distribution, program production, and acquisitions; negotiates and drafts internet content agreements and software and hardware licensing agreements, including EULAs, hosting agreements/SLAs, digital commerce agreements, mobile app creation and support, engineering services agreements, and NDAs. Charles advises clients on matters of copyright, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, digital privacy law, FTC privacy guidelines, and FCC indecency rules issues. Charles prosecutes federal trademark registrations and oppositions; reviews and analyzes proposed digital, cable television production, and licensing agreements. Charles is a graduate of Rutgers University and The George Washington University Law School.

Jonathan Askin, Outside Counsel. Jonathan is a professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. He is the founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, which represents Internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs, startups, innovators, and organizations on business development, policy advocacy, and law reform. Jonathan is also a Visiting Professor at the University of London, Queen Mary School of Law; a Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information; an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School; and Founder and Advisor to iLINC, a network of legal support clinics for the European startup community. He has served on the boards of many communications and Internet industry and consumer groups. Jonathan is an honors grad of both Harvard College and Rutgers Law School.

Jerry Vanek AIA, Lead Architect. Jerry is an Associate at Perkins Eastman, and an Architect with 12 years of experience. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture, and has worked in New York City and Washington, DC. Jerry leads the architectural design effort at the Museum of Science Fiction, and currently advises the Preview Museum’s design activities.

Linda Zaruches MPA, Vice President, Special Events and Planning. Linda has over over thirty years in human resources focused on talent acquisition for technology companies. Linda has a strong passion for university relations and community outreach and helping build the next generation of engineers.  Linda has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and has been responsible for creating, planning, and executing large scale career events. Beginning in 2002, Linda took her expertise in negotiations, marketing, and organizing large events and started volunteering for specialty Star Trek and pop culture conventions.

Regan Samul MA, Curator.  Regan is a museum collections specialist and subject matter expert who has worked with art, history, ethnographic, natural history, and popular culture artifact collections. She holds a master’s degree in Museology, and studied Popular Culture at the graduate level, with a focus on science fiction fans and fandom. Regan has worked with Museum of Glass, Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, The Burke Museum at the University of Washington, and the Science Fiction Museum, a part of the EMP Museum in Seattle. As curator, Regan is developing and managing the Museum’s permanent collection, exhibition program, and research projects.  She will also work to build a collection and archive that are representative of the broad spectrum of science fiction material culture.


Directors and Senior Staff

Bruce Falk, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Jose Canahui, Manager, Web Design
Christina Clapp, Director, Advertising
Matthias Cohen Cosentino, Test Pilot
Karina Dar Juan MA, Assistant Curator
Dave Hart PMP MA HR, Director, Project Management and Volunteer Management
Hannah Hoare, Manager, Product Sourcing
Steve Hohne, Controller
Keith Jodoin, Vice President, Video Production Unit
Heather McHale PhD, Managing Editor, Journal of Science Fiction
Louis Paul Miller, Creative Director
Jake Ottenwaelder, Manager, Digital Prototyping
Nico Pandi, Director, External Relations
Josh Rector MA, Director, Grants and Proposals
Jeff Wargo, Director, Digital Design
Cynthia Wright, Director, Educational Partnerships

Board of Advisors

Mark Edward CPA, Chairman
Jamie Anderson, Anderson Entertainment
Dave Arland, Arland Communications
Greg Bear, Author
Ben Bova PhD, Author
David Brin PhD, Author and Scientist
John Morton MA, Star Wars Film Actor
Jane Frank PhD, MBA, Frank Collection
Morgan Gendel, Star Trek TNG Screenwriter
Mason Peck PhD, Cornell University
Jeff Rutenbeck PhD, American University
R. Paul Stimers JD, K&L Gates, LLP
C. Alex Young PhD, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Subcommittee Chairs

Greg Viggiano PhD, Capital Campaign and Major Gifts
Rachel Frederick MA, Curatorial
Paul Oehlers PhD, Education
Steve Dreyer, Model Construction
C. Alex Young PhD, Technology, Board of Advisors Member
Mark Edward CPA, Economic Feasibility, Board of Advisors Chairman