The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium (FOMDP)

  • FOMDP a 501(c)(3) was formed in 2014 to support the planetarium and astronomy education in Juneau.  
  • The planetarium has been run by volunteers since November, 1991. 
  • The purpose of FOMDP is to promote astronomy education in Juneau including promoting, using and upgrading the Marie Drake Planetarium.
  • When the non-profit formed, the organization of planetarium remained as before: Presentations and events continued to be (almost always) free and are given by volunteers reflecting their diverse knowledge and interest in astronomy.
  • A person must volunteer for at least a year before being becoming a board member.

Current Board Members

Cristina Della Rosa, President (500-2942)
Clark Branch, Vice-President and Treasurer (723-8044)
Steve Kocsis, Secretary (500-2941)
Rosemary Walling, General Member (723-0692)
Dave Hanson, General Member (465-9272)

You may contact any board member with questions, ideas for shows, constructive suggestions for improvement, etc.


Email is our preferred method of communication, but you can also call us.

Steve Kocsis

Our Board

Jane Doe

Rosemary Walling

JSD Liasion
Rosemary has taught astronomy at UAS. She enjoys sharing astronomy with adults and kids. She organized Digital Planetarium Week. .

Michael Orelove

Steve has taught astronomy at UAS. He has been to eight solar eclipses. He is a retired mathematician and is interested in cosmology.

Past Board Members

Our Team

Michael spearheaded the planetarium for many years before it was a non-profit. He continues his involvement in many community activities in Oregon. He organized the Planet Walk. community sundial, many kids shows and more.

John Kremers

Ken Fix

Ken Fix
John Kremers