Join us on December 17th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. for our next public meeting & observing night. The current gate closure time is 7 p.m. After that time, a code is needed for park entry.

Meet our Officers

CEA Board

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Mike is an aviation maintenance technician, working at Hartsfield Jackson in Atlanta. He lives with his very supportive wife and three telescopes. He enjoys visual observing and is trying to break into astrophotography.Mike attributes his interest in astronomy to growing up during the Apollo era. These experiences captured his attention enough that he purchased of a telescope, so he could view some of the wonders of the night sky first hand. However, viewing through the scope was short lived and after a couple of years the RV6 telescope saw little use. Life had gotten in the way with the usual things like college, military service, career and family. That was until about five years ago when Mike dusted off his old telescope.

With a renewed interest in astronomy and looking for a way to grow and share his interest, Mike joined the Atlanta Astronomy club. Then after a move to east Georgia about two years ago he joined Charlie Elliott Astronomy.

Charlie Elliott Astronomy was a good fit, being an active club engaged in both astronomy outreach to the general public and encouraging the personal growth of its members through monthly speaker programs and workshops.

David Whalen

Observing Supervisor,
David Whalen

David is an electrical engineer from Georgia Tech and has lived in the Altanta area since 1980.  He is admittedly obsessed with all aspects of amateur astronomy.  Luckily, his wife Valorie is also an astronomy nut.  She bought the couple their first 5” reflector.  Soon after they both caught a case of aperture fever and have now filled the house with larger optics to observe a wide variety of celestial objects.

They have been active members of the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club since their first visit to a meeting 2010.  David has served as Observing Supervisor, and the club’s coordinator to the Astronomical League.  As observing supervisor he enjoys preparing and presenting a short program each meeting to highlight the next month’s celestial events.

While David is a dedicated visual observer of any night sky object, he sometimes engages in astrophotography, solar astronomy, radio astronomy, and public outreach.  He is also an enthusiastic participant in the Observing Programs that are provided by the Astronomical League.  In that pursuit he has completed a significant number of the programs and has been awarded the Master Observer – Gold certification from the League.  Since there is still the Platinum level to achieve, it doesn’t look like he will be stopping any time soon.

Daniel de la Raza

Daniel de la Raza

Recording Secretary,
Daniel de la Raza

Daniel de la Reza was born in the United States and raised throughout Central and South America. Daniel is currently providing language interpretation services as a legal and medical Spanish interpreter for corporate and government entities including the court system for the state of Georgia. Daniel’s love for nature and the unknown drew him to the skies above. As a child living under dark South American skies, he often contemplated the vastness of the heavens. His first glimpse through a telescope came during his college years. As fate would unfold, friendships developed and what started as a simple visit to Charlie Elliott Astronomy, rekindled a childhood desire and he began to delve into astrophotography. Daniel considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of a group that touches and changes lives while discovering and pursuing the wonders of the heavens above!

CEA Committee Chairs

  • Outreach Coordinators
    Our outreach efforts fall into two areas: outreach to schools in the area, and outreach connected with programming at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. One of the challenges we have faced is that many folks who are interested in outreach are not available during the daytime. Therefore, instead of appointing one Outreach Coordinator, we would like to have two.

Chapter Outreach Coordinator
Marie Lott
The Outreach Coordinator handles requests we get (which we are obligated to accept) for programs on Jon Wood Field for groups using the CE Conference Center. A good example is the Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs, which are frequently held at CE, for which we provide evening star parties.  Contact our Chapter Outreach Coordinators at

  • Program Coordinator
    Steve Siedentop
    The Program Coordinator will identify and schedule guest speakers and will help promote chapter programs.  If you would like to present or have an idea for a presentation, contact Steve at
  • Hospitality Coordinator
    The Hospitality Coordinator assists with setting up the regular meeting room, cleaning up the room after our meetings, and coordinating our quarterly potlucks.  The Hospitality Coordinator is also tasked with greeting members and guests and promoting a welcoming culture at regular meetings.
  • Astrophotography Coordinator
    Amy Little
    The Astrophotography Coodinator promotes astrophotography and acts as a resource for advice and guidance to new and experienced astrophotographers.  The Astrophotography Coordinator will, at his or her discretion, give a short presentation at the monthly meeting to suggest imaging targets for members and guests of all levels of expertise and how to produce the best results.
  • Astronomical League Liaison
    David Whalen
    A number of our members are working on Astronomical League Observing Programs.  Several of them have completed many programs over the years, and three of our members have achieved the coveted Master Observer Award!  The Liaison receives program logs and checks them over, and then sends them along to the AL Coordinator for official review.
  • Facilities Coordinator
    Matt Harvey
    This involves checking on our Jon Wood Field facilities on a regular basis to make sure everything is in working order. In addition, this person will inventory and keep track of the club’s several scopes – those stored at the Jon Wood Field as well as those “on loan” to club members.  This position is also the primary point of contact for requesting gates code to Jon Wood Astronomy which is available upon request to Charlie Elliott Chapter members upon confirmation of membership  Please contact Matt at if you have a facilities concern, you need access to Jon Wood Astronomy Field, or to inquire about the availability of a telescope.

Click here to see our Chapter Bylaws

Click here to see the DNR – CEA Memorandum of Understanding

The CEA Officers over the years