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Board of Directors 2015-2016
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Goddard Dinner Chairperson / President Elect
John K. Larabee
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Youth Education Chairperson
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
TASC, an Engility Company
Boeing Government Operations
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Sandy Coleman is the Staff Vice President of NASA Programs for Orbital ATK Washington Operations. She joined Orbital ATK (heritage ATK) in 2006 and leads the business development DC activities related to NASA with specific emphasis on the Exploration Program. Orbital ATK employees approximately 12,000 employees in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations.
She is a 40-year veteran of NASA where she was manager of the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) Project after the Columbia accident responsible for overall management of the redesign, development, production, test, integration, and flight of the ET. This involved responsibility for over 150 civil servants, 2,000 contractor employees, and oversight of the 43-acre government-owned contractor-operated Michoud Assembly Facility.
Other positions held at NASA include interim Manager of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office with the overall responsibility for the manufacture, assembly, and operation of the ET, Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME), Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB), and Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM); Implementation Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) that consists of government, academia, and industry collaboration in an environment that enables cutting-edge research; Deputy RSRM Project Manager; Deputy Chief Financial Officer at MSFC.
Sandy received numerous awards including the Astronaut Silver Snoopy, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the 2015 Women In Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award. Sandy holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Marc Johansen serves as the Vice President, Satellites & Intelligence Programs in Washington DC for the Government Operations group. In this capacity, he represents Boeing to the federal government for both civil and national security Space Programs, and Intelligence Programs. He also supports Boeing commercial and international space programs.
Marc joined Hughes Space and Communications (now Boeing) in September 1998. His career includes 24 years in Government space operations, acquisition, and policy. He previously served as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Space Acquisition and Management), in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.
From 1992 to 1995 Colonel Johansen was assigned to the Executive Office of the President; first as the Director of Space Operations on the National Space Council; subsequently to the President's Science Advisor as the Assistant for Space and Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.
Prior to his White House assignment, he was the deputy Chief of the Weapons Division in Air Force Legislative Liaison. During a tour in Korea, from 1987 to 1989, Marc was the Commander of the deep space surveillance unit at Taegu. He was named U.S. Space Command's leader of the year. He has had various space operations and acquisition assignments including Senior Director at the Defense Support Program ground station in Denver and Crew Commander at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System in Greenland. He also worked AF missile defense operations with the Strategic Defense Initiative Office in the mid-1980s.
Marc is a graduate of the National War College with an MS in National Security Strategy, Creighton University, with an MS in Atmospheric Sciences, and the Air Force Academy (1974). In August 2000 he attended the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National Security. He also attended the UCLA Leadership Program and the Boeing Executive Programs in 2001, 2003 and 2009. Marc Johansen's awards and decorations included: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Presidential Service Certificate, the Master Space Badge, Parachute Wings, and 1998 recipient of the American Astronautical Society's Lloyd V. Berkner award for outstanding contributions toward the commercialization of space.
John Larabee was appointed Corporate Director, Intelligence Programs for Northrop Grumman Corporation in August 2007. In that role, he oversees the Northrop Grumman business strategy for and customer interaction with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Prior to his current assignment, John was Director of Washington Operations for Northrop Grumman Space Technology (NGST), where he was responsible for NGST customer relationships in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the US Government. Prior to that assignment, he was Director, Classified Space Programs, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, MD. In that position, he was responsible for the execution of all classified space programs within Space Systems Division, as well as developing and leading new classified business activities consistent with the Long Range Strategic Plan for the Surveillance and Remote Sensing business area.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, John was Director, Special Programs at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Missiles and Space Operations, in Sunnyvale, California, responsible for program execution and new business activities on several programs of national importance.
Before joining the private sector, John worked as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office. His US Government service assignments included Branch Chief, Data Communications Group; Chief of Vehicle Engineering, Operations Group; Division Chief, C Program Group; Plans and Programs, DCI Community Management Staff; and Director, International and Commercial Programs, Office of System Applications. John began his career with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, where he conducted and supervised research in ballistic missile defense and laser communications.
While working on the DCI Community Management Staff in 1994, John played a major role in the formulation of the US Policy on Foreign Access to Remote Sensing Space Capabilities (PDD/NSC-23). John was the recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1996 for his efforts in forging new intelligence partnerships with several nations. The team that he led in this effort received a Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Director of Central Intelligence in 2000.
John received a bachelor's degree in physics from Williams College in 1978 and a doctoral degree in applied physics from Harvard University in 1984. John is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security (NISM).Mr. Larabee currently resides in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Susan is the Director of Government Affairs and Washington Operations for Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR). Her primary responsibilities include interacting with both the NASA and Congressional customers on civil space issues. She also supports AR Washington Operations on DoD launch issues. Previously, Susan served as the Director of Washington Operations for Pratt & Whitney, after serving as a government affairs specialist for NASA's Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs. Susan worked for 6 years in Congress for Representatives Bill Young, FL; Mark Neumann, WI; Bud Shuster, PA; and Dave Weldon, FL. She also served as a delegate for the American Council for Young Political Leaders on a trip to Turkey in 2008, has served as a volunteer for D.C.'s Habitat for Humanity, and served as a panelist for the HOBY Leadership Conference. She is an avid golfer and soccer player, in addition to surfing and snowboarding.
As Director of Government Relations for Ball Aerospace, Jill is responsible for leading company relations with the U.S. Congress to support Ball Aerospace’s defense and intelligence programs, making lawmakers aware of the programs and policy issues that are important to our company and the aerospace industry. Jill also interacts with the executive branch on priority issues affecting the business environment.
Prior to joining Ball in 2014, Jill was the Legislative Affairs Director for DigitalGlobe, Ball Aerospace’s teammate for commercial space imagery and geospatial content. Jill’s experience also includes serving as Director of Government Relations at Harris Corporation where she managed the NASA, NOAA, and FAA portfolios. Before working at Harris, she served as Associate Director for Employment Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, developing and advancing legislative and political strategies on labor-related issues.
Jill is a former President of the National Space Club and currently serves as a board member. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Michael J. Pritchard
Mike Pritchard has supported the aerospace and defense industry for his entire professional career beginning in 1988 with a small satellite manufacturing and services company in Tysons Corner, VA, Defense Systems Incorporated (DSI). DSI was purchased by CTA Space Systems of Rockville, MD and ultimately acquired by Orbital Sciences Corporation. Mike’s support to NASA Goddard includes seven years as a Ground System Manager for the Hubble Integrated Test Team (HITT) where he served on console for both servicing Missions 3A and 3B. Those years instilled in Mike the belief that Goddard Space Flight Center is a national treasure, as well as, the belief that the contractor community needs to do everything possible to support and help drive advocacy and mission growth for NASA and the centers. Mike is a Director of Programs at TASC, an Engility Company, and has offices in Chantilly, VA and Greenbelt, MD. Mike is responsible for programmatic and growth efforts at NASA Goddard and multiple other NASA centers including Marshall Space Flight Center. In this role, Mike provides comprehensive program and capture leadership from pursuit decisions, customer contact, teaming, competitive intelligence and overall win strategy.
Mike is a seasoned operations and business development leader across commercial and government sectors with a focus in aerospace, defense and commercial manufacturing and services industries. Mike also served as the Chief Operating Officer of a growing technology, advanced manufacturing and services company where he was responsible for managing the comprehensive daily business including P&L, sales pipeline, lending relationships and strategic focus. Mike also managed the Space and Defense Division and Washington DC Operations for ARES Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, and oversaw a team of over 400 engineering professionals. Mike has vast experience leading strategy and execution across both services and software including technology and engineering programs and products. Mike has always integrated diverse teams that include finance, program management, engineers, and manufacturing staff developing both intellectual property and commercial and government program support efforts.
Mike’s accomplishments as a systems engineering manager included the coordination of the transition planning effort for the control segment on the Next Generation Global Positioning Satellite (GPS III) system Phase-A effort for the Air Force. At Goddard, Mike coordinated engineering activities on a program to re-host the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ground system to a new operating environment and served as a lead test engineer responsible for testing ground system hardware and software including numerous data and voice systems. Mike helped coordinate all HITT test schedules to successfully plan and execute daily test activities with minimal impact to spacecraft operations. This included internal testing at GSFC, as well as external interface testing with TDRSS operations at White Sands Complex (WSC), Deep Space Network (DSN) at Goldstone, Canberra, and Madrid, and Servicing Mission activities at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center.
Major Honors and Awards: Mike has received numerous individual and group awards for his work at NASA including Space Flight Awareness in 2002 and multiple group awards for his support of HST and the 3A and 3B Servicing Missions.
As Vice President for Strategy and Air Force Business Development within the Intelligence Community/Air Force Operations Customer Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC),Mr. Riordan manages a team of seven senior Business Development and Capture professionals, supporting all Air Force accounts within SAIC. Additionally, he provides support to the organization’s Senior VP for Air Force Programs and the Senior VP for Business Development, leads as the Air Force and Joint Cyber Operations advisor to the Cyber Enterprise Management Initiative within SAIC Corporate, and provides continuity for all Air Force Account Strategic Planning. Previously, Mr. Riordan held the position of Senior Cyber Analyst for Scitor Corporation, supporting the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics/Command, Control, And Communications (C3) Cyber, and Business Systems (C3CB). His role supported all decisions regarding Cyber Operations Acquisition, Technology Innovation and Logistics support for the OUSD/AT&L.
Prior to his role at Scitor, Mr. Riordan worked for Honeywell International as the Senior Director for Strategic Program Management, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. He also held positions as the Director for Business Development within the Military Space and Restricted program sectors for Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., as well as the Director for Business Operations for Honeywell International. He was responsible for management and oversight for accounts related to military and governmental agency sales for both Honeywell International and the Automation and Control Solutions Strategic Business Unit.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Riordan served twenty-three years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a Colonel in March 2011 as the Chief of Staff for the Space & Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Division, the Directorate of Programs, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Prior to this duty, he served as the Director for Space Operations and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements. As the Director, he developed, advocated and implemented operational space policy/guidance for the headquarters office. The directorate provided senior Air Force leaders and Air Force major commands vision, expertise, and staff support to fully integrate and synchronize space across the spectrum of conflict. Known as Colonel Riordan, he also previously completed a 13-month forward deployment to Southwest Asia as the Joint Director of Space Forces in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, United States Central Command Air Forces. Prior to his deployment, Colonel Riordan was Commander of the 595th Space Group, Space Innovation and Development Center, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and he commanded the 741st Missile Squadron, 91st Space Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Additionally, he served as Deputy Executive Assistant to both General Richard Myers, USAF and General Peter Pace, USMC, as well as held the roles of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff’s Assistant Chief of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council Secretariat, and the Executive Assistant to the Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8.
Mr. Riordan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Montclair State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He also received his MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, as well as a Master’s in National Security Strategy from National Defense University, National War College at Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
He resides in Northern Virginia with his family.
Gary M. Testut
Gary Testut is the Director of Government Relations at BAE Systems, Inc., a global defense, aerospace, and security company which employs over 39,000 people in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and South Africa and generated 2012 revenues of $12.75 billion. Gary works at corporate headquarters and is responsible for all government relations and legislative affairs associated with the Intelligence and Security Sector.
Gary was previously Director of Defense and Intelligence Programs in the Washington Operations Office of Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. Gary retired from the United States Air Force in 2009 after serving twenty years in a variety of intelligence, space, and acquisition related assignments. From 2005-2009, Gary was a liaison between the Pentagon and the U.S. Congress as Special Assistant for Space, Intelligence, and Cyber Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. He served in a variety of assignments in the National Capitol Region to include Legislative Liaison at the National Reconnaissance Office.
Gary holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the National Reconnaissance Office Medal of Distinguished Service. Gary's volunteer work includes service on the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Space Team and as President at the National Space Club.
Carla is Director of Federal Government Relations for Harris Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for managing all of company defense, intelligence, and Federal civil programs before the U.S. Congress.
Prior to joining Harris, Carla spent eight years at Raytheon Company as a Senior Manager of Government Affairs. During the course of her time at Raytheon, she represented Network Centric Systems, Technical Services, and the Intelligence and Information Services businesses before the Congress.
Before working at Raytheon, Carla served as Director, Government Affairs at BAE Systems. She developed and executed legislative strategy for all business units located in the Southeast U.S. and also acted as the lead lobbyist for BAE System's Technology Solutions Sector.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, Carla was a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. In this position, she advised the Congressman on matters concerning national defense and the House Armed Services Committee, where Mr. Abercrombie served as a senior member.
Previously, Carla served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy she completed two sea tours and worked on the Secretary of the Navy's immediate staff.
Carla has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
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