RAC Officers, Staff, and Committee Heads

The Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Raleigh, NC, USA. The organization has number of officers and committee heads to help facilitate the club's mission. All positions are completely voluntary and members serve in these positions for the benefit of the club and the public with no compensation.


The officers serve as the board of directors for the Raleigh Astronomy Club and are elected for annual term every June. The officers for 2017-2018 are:

    Co-chair (Executive Officer): Ann Murphy
    Co-chair (Executive Officer): Doug Lively
    Co-chair (Executive Officer): John Sadler
    Secretary: Chris Cole
    Treasurer: Steve Izzo


Special Interest Group Leaders

The special interest groups are focused on a particular aspect of amateur astronomy and meet separately from the main body of the club.

    Imaging/Astrophotography Leader: Chris Cole


Committee Heads

Certain activities are managed by committees of volunteers and the officers will appoint a person to head that committee.

    Webmaster: Matt Lochansky, Ian Hewitt
    Public Information/Social Media: Doug Lively
    Astronomical League Coordinator: Doug Lively
    RAC Observing Club Coordinator: Doug Lively
    Loaner Telescope Committee Head: Michael Keefe
    Public Observing Committee Head: Matt Lochansky
    Education Committee Head: Phyllis Lang
    Astronomy Days Committee Head: Michael Keefe/Doug Lively