Steven “Tesla” Tezak
Steven’s father was in the Navy, so he grew up in places such as Waukegan, Illinois, Norfolk, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bad Axe High School in Michigan and pursued a degree in computers. Along the way, he took several detours and ended up working at the Chrysler Technical Center and World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan as a Machine Repair Journeyman. While he gained experience working in many STEM-related areas at Chrysler, he earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration. In 2007, he made the decision to leave Chrysler and pursue a teaching career. He earned his Post-Baccalaureate in Elementary Education from Spring Arbor University and then his Master’s in Principalship from Central Michigan University. He loves his job as Director at STARBASE Alpena, and looks forward to many years of STEM adventures in his “dream job”. Steve is married to his lovely wife, Wynne and together they have two boys, Brogan and Cullen. Besides having imaginative escapades with his children, Steve loves to play drums and read books.
Jacqueline “Minion” Alexander
Jackie was raised in Oakland County, Michigan. At nine years old, she moved to Atlanta, Michigan, where in high school she learned to manage her family’s grocery store. Upon graduation from Atlanta Community Schools, she began a dual enrollment at Oakland University and Oakland Community College, earning her AEMT (Advanced Emergency Medical Technician) license. She worked as a full-time paramedic for 16 years as well as teaching EMS classes to adults. In 2006, Jackie was hired as an elementary teacher at Bingham Arts Academy. During this time, she authored Learn and Serve Grants, mentored teachers, taught in-service classes, and was the lead facilitator in the Healthy Schools Committee. Jackie also saw a need for students who wanted enrichment in STEM-related education. She created and taught a Summer School Educational Program at Bingham Arts Academy. This made her a natural fit for STARBASE Alpena, where she continues to teach her favorite subjects. She is happily married to her husband Tim, and together they have six wonderful children: Sinjin, Eli, Riley, Halie, Bailie, and Carter.
Michael “Grey Eagle” Stoll
Michael was born and raised in Alpena Michigan. He attended Alpena Community College as well as Michigan State University to obtain his Bachelor’s in education. He has a rich background of teaching at Alpena Public Schools, retiring after 36 years in 2006. Not one to sit still, Mike worked at Sprinkler Lake Education Center in Glennie, Michigan until they closed their doors. He has also volunteered as a judge for 4-H, as well as performing model rocket demonstrations for the Besser Museum. Mike spends his time doing many things he enjoys, such as woodworking, birding, gardening, and reading (History being his favorite subject). He has a wonderful wife named Yvonne, three children (Michelle, Anne, and Alan) and five grandchildren: Zachary, Harrison, Brandon, Lily, and Layla.
Melissa “Phoenix” Hoskinson
Melissa was born and raised in Alpena, Michigan. She has an extensive background in criminal justice, having earned an Associate’s in Corrections as well as one in Criminal Justice from Alpena Community College. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Law Enforcement from Lake Superior State University. Having worked in retail, manufacturing, and services Melissa has also found time to act as Team Captain for Relay for Life as well as volunteer for the Optimist Club. Her love of archery shows in the fact that she holds multiple state records. Melissa and her husband, Ed are building a house out of foam, plastic and concrete (fox blocks) where they plan to move with their youngest son, Cole.