Our Team

"I get goosebumps every day at work. As a staff, we want our visitors’ time here to be filled with wonder, tranquility, joy, and the pursuit of knowledge. We work to create a setting where astronomers and artists examine then express the profundity of the miracle of existence. My wife and I got married at Yerkes, had a son, and now I work here. C’mon, we're Cosmos Mariners!"

Walt Chadick

Director of Programs & External Affairs

Walt runs the tours, programs, marketing, web presence, public relations, and overall visitor experience. He has been in radio, television, tourism, and events for over twenty-five years and came to Yerkes after sixteen years at Chicago Trolley & Double Decker where he began as a tour guide and became executive director. He is currently on the board of the Williams Bay Business Association, Discover Williams Bay, and Walworth County Visitors Bureau. For many years, he served on the boards of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Magnificent Mile Lights Festival where he was the Chair. He studied poetry and creative writing at the University of Arkansas and attended the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Washington-Seattle as well as being a student in Brazil and Scotland. Walt and his wife Kate got married at Yerkes and live nearby on their wooded acre with their baby Charles.

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