About Quest for Stars



Quest for Stars is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Schools, college, and communities to promote STEM education. Quest for Stars encourages children and young adults to reach for the stars by exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational concepts and their application to suborbital space research. Quest for Stars partners with other companies like the Motorola Foundation to provide low-cost access to space The shared mission: INSPIRE the next generation of explorers, astronauts, engineers, and scientists.

          * Quest for Stars Leadership Team *


Bobby Russell – CEO and Founder

Bobby is the founder of Quest for Stars. He is a skilled fixed wing pilot, radio-controlled hack, high altitude balloon Jedi, suborbital educational advocate, & spaceflight enthusiast. During the day,  Bobby is an IT Disaster Recovery Manager for a major supplier of UAVs and DARPA toys to the US military.  In his spare time, Bobby also volunteers with St. Vincent De Paul Child Literacy Lab.  Bobby Served in the US Navy as an Electronics, Computer, Cryptography, and Radar Technician.


Cary Burch – Treasurer

Cary Burch has logged more than two decades in the eBusiness and information technology industry. He is known for his keen business acumen and strong management expertise. In 2003, Cary Burch was acknowledged as one of the Top 20 IT Executives in the financial services industry by the Financial Services Executive Forum.


Steve Jones – Secretary

Steve Jones is an the owner of custom laboratory equipment company in San Diego. He is a Vietnam veteran and served aboard the USS Midway and retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Steve is our fabrication and electronics wizard. Steve not only serves as our Secretary but also is our electro-mechanical problem solver and ballistic fabric expert.



John Pugh – Director, Florida Operations

John Pugh has held numerous positions in the technology industry and is currently heading up business development for a leading linux OS manufacturer. A lifelong resident of Florida, John heads up the Florida operations for Quest for Stars.




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