SPS National Office  
National Office Staff

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Society of Physics Students
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Tel: 301.209.3007
Fax: 301.209.0839

Email: sps@aip.org

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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) administers the Society of Physics Students (SPS), Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ), the physics honor society, and other education programs in conjunction with its ten Member Societies.

SPS and ΣΠΣ are housed within the AIP Physics Resource Center, led by Vice President Catherine O'Riordan.

Introducing the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma National Office Staff

Toni Sauncy
SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma
Phone: 301-209-3013
E-mail: tsauncy@aip.org

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Toni Sauncy served as the president of SPS from 2009-2012 and is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Physics at Angelo State University, where she has taught since 2000. Sauncy has a history of proven leadership as demonstrated by her service on numerous collegiate and professional association committees, including those of APS and AAPT. In May 2010 she was honored with the Angelo State University President's Faculty Excellence in Leadership & Service Award. Sauncy has a record of successfully funded research & research training projects in solid state materials physics. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has a strong history of engaging the community in physics outreach.

She is well known for her dedication to students in and out of the classroom and has mentored more than 40 student research projects, which have resulted in more than 50 presentations at regional, national, and international professional physics meetings and conferences. Sauncy is a long time friend of Sigma Pi Sigma & the Society of Physics Students first as a student, and later as a chapter advisor. She served as a Zone Councilor for Zone 13 from 2005-2009. In 2007 she was honored with SPS's most prestigious award, the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. Sauncy holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, a M.S. in Physics, and a B.S. in Mathematics (magna cum laude), all from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Daniel Golombek
Daniel Golombek
Manager for Membership
& Leadership

SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma
Phone: 301-209-3009
E-mail: dgolombe@aip.org

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Daniel Golombek earned his undergraduate degree in Physics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a Masters in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Astronomy from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina. Daniel started working at the Space Telescope Science Institute while a graduate student and over the years works on all aspects of the science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope. He spent two and half years as a Discipline Scientist at NASA Headquarters where he was in charge of the programmatic aspects of twelve astrophysics missions, managing the grants for the Astrophysical Data Program, Long-Term Space Astrophysics and the Theory Program. At NASA he also managed the undergraduate fellowship program. Upon returning to STScI he joined the Program Management office and then the Director’s Office as Chief of Staff and Executive Communications Officer.


Kendra Redmond
SPS Programs Manager
Phone: 301-209-3047
E-mail: kredmond@aip.org

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A Midwesterner to the core, Kendra Redmond received her BA in physics from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and her MS in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to SPS she worked in public outreach for the American Physical Society and freelanced for the Materials Research Society Bulletin.

Kendra is the SPS programs manager, responsible for the annual SPS Internship program and several other high-level SPS programs. She is also the assistant editor for The SPS Observer magazine.


Tracy Schwab
SPS Communications Manager
Phone: 301-209-3255

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Tracy Schwab, originally from Star Valley, WY, graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences. He completed three core areas of study within his major: Science and Society, Theories of Beauty, and Ethics in Science. He also received a certificate in International Relations and minored in both German and Political Science. He was honored as the Outstanding Scholar from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society; and the Mortar Board Honor Society. He worked in the AIP Education Division from 1993-1997 as an editor, desktop publishing specialist and exhibitor.

After a 4-year stint as a web designer and account manager in the "dot.com" world, Tracy returned to AIP in 2001, where he is now the SPS Communications Manager. In this position he serves as the senior web developer for SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, and as art director and editorial assistant for SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma publications. He also provides graphic design, photography and desktop publishing services for several other AIP divisions.

In 2011 Tracy graduated from Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), Washington, DC campus, with certificates in Graphic Design and Web Design.


Sacha Purnell
SPS Senior Secretary
Phone: 301-209-3011
E-mail: spurnell@aip.org

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Sacha Purnell, the SPS Secretary, handles SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma membership processing, customer service, and is responsible for sending out induction materials and other SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma-related products. She also handles all other secretarial duties for the student societies and Education Division.


Lydia Quijada
Membership Database Assistant
Phone: 301-209-3008
E-mail: lydia@aip.org

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Lydia Quijada coordinates SPS Zone Meeting planning and funding in the SPS national office, maintains Sigma Pi Sigma membership information and the Sigma Pi Sigma database, and staffs AIP's traveling exhibit booth at science & education conferences around the United States. She is also a member of the Education Division Communications Team, assisting with web development and printed materials.

Courtney Lemon
Programs Specialist
Phone: 301-209-3171
E-mail: clemon@aip.org

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Courtney Lemon hails from the land of sun and sea and non-existent seasons (more commonly known as California), and earned her BS in physics from California State Polytechnic University. Before coming to work at SPS, she was quite active on a local, regional, and national level, serving multiple leadership positions within her chapter, and the Zone 18 Associate Zone Councilor from 2010-2012. She was the first female Mather Intern with SPS in 2011, and realized that DC would be her home sooner or later during that time.

As the Education Programs Assistant, Courtney supports the National SPS programs, and is Kendra’s right hand man…er…lady.

Matthew Payne
SPS Communications Specialist
Phone: 301-209-3671
E-mail: mpayne@aip.org

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Matt Payne grew up in the Northern Virginia area and earned his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Communication Arts & Design with an emphasis in Illustration. Working as a freelance graphic designer in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Matt found the American Center for Physics in 2006. At the American Association of Physics Teachers he successfully re-structured current print publications and introduced online publications that generated steady advertising income and emphasized the organizational brand.

At AIP, Matt spends an inordinate amount of time "surfing the web" and makes sure no tweet goes unheard.

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