Dr. JoEllen McBride is a mom, science communicator and astrophysicist whose main purpose is to make science inclusive and accessible to anyone that wants to participate. She earned her Ph.D in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Her research focused on galaxies that live close to each other and how that affected their ability to create stars. After that, she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Voice of America in Washington D.C. and an adjunct faculty member in the physics department at West Chester University. She currently works as an astronomy subject matter expert for hire and a board member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. In her free time, she pets her kitties Thelma and Louise, raises her daughters, Carina and Alessa, with the help of her partner, Ed, and writes and talks about science.