Meet the Team

Our Founders

Ben & Kat

Prior to this project, we traveled across the country in a retrofitted RV, doing educational outreach at museums, planetariums, schools, and other venues (The Mobile Observatory Project), as well as conferences – we hope to bring the same spirit of the daily Space Weather News videos and the Mobile Observatory Project to Observer Ranch! We live in Colorado Springs with their three children and Yorkie.

Team Members

As progress on the ranch is moving along, we invite you to meet the team members making Observer Ranch possible! Together, we are tackling every aspect of creating this idea into a reality!


Rocky Paflias recently joined the Observer Ranch team as our Project Manager! His experience is in systems, energy efficiency and high level project management. When he is not working, you can find him grilling (he makes a mean burger!), exploring new places with his family, or working on his Big Burb retrofit (he is the creator behind the Big Burb YouTube channel). He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, two sons, English Bulldog and Boston Terrier.

Lesley & Derek

Husband and Wife team, Derek and Lesley True, own and operate True North Construction in Colorado and have been working to develop Observer Ranch for the last year. Affectionately dubbed the “rugged Chip and Joanna,” Observer Ranch wouldn’t be possible without this team!


Bailey has worked with Space Weather News for two years and has been an Observer since 2012. She assists primarily with social media, newsletters, and content creation. She has her Master’s in Science Journalism and enjoys yoga, skiing, and producing her podcast, Introspectively Living!



Abragail, native to beautiful Sedona Arizona, is the owner of Black Rose Consulting. With a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Photography, she specializes in strategic partnerships and sponsorships, working within the Colorado Springs community. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, watching movies, playing video games, reading, a great cup of tea, and hanging out with her four Boston Terriers!