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Board of Directors 2020-2021
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Boeing Washington DC Operations
Goddard Dinner Chairperson / President Elect
Susan T.M. Nelson
Dr. Lisa A. Monaco
Youth Education Chairperson
Sierra Nevada Corporation
National Space Club & Foundation
Meghan Allen is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), working as the primary representative for aerospace and defense legislative issues in its Washington, D.C. office. With more than 20 years in the aerospace industry, Allen is a key member of SNC’s senior leadership team, applying her knowledge, insight, and strategic planning skills to produce comprehensive communications and action/engagement plans, and build networks, coalitions and contacts to effectively influence positive outcomes for the company. In her time as a government relations and legislative affairs specialist, Allen has worked with Congressional Leaders to ensure appropriate budgets for the NASA Cargo program, secured funding for Space Shuttle flights and has continually interfaced with the Department of Defense, DARPA and NASA.
Bill Beckman is the Director for NASA Programs in the Boeing D.C. Operations office. His responsibilities include interfacing with Potomac region customer base including NASA, Congressional/Executive Branch offices, and representing Boeing in local industry groups.
- National Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Aerospace Industry Associates
- Space Enterprise Council
- Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
- American Astronautical Society– Board Member
Prior to this assignment, Bill provided business development support to Space Exploration programs as a Marketing Manager in Washington D.C. Before his relocation to the DC area, he was a Field Operations Manager supporting all Boeing efforts at the Kennedy Space Center.
As the Field Marketing Manager for Rocketdyne Power & Propulsion at Stennis Space Center, Bill supported NASA expansion efforts, and worked closely with the local elected representatives and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission responsible for economic develop in the area. Prior to his field service, Bill was a Business Development Manger for Rocketdyne Power & Propulsion in Canoga Park, CA supporting the RS-68 engine program and advanced rocket engine programs.
He began his career in 1988 as a Research and Development Engineer with the Advanced Programs group of the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, and later transitioned in to project engineering and program management roles.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a master’s of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago.
Anne M. Connor is principal, business development of Harris Corporation’s Environmental Solutions in the Space and Intelligence Systems segment. Space and Intelligence Systems offers complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.
The Environmental Solutions portfolio includes the full range of ground, air, and space remote sensing instruments and enterprise ground processing systems for U.S. Government and international customers, including a line of commercial offerings.
Connor assumed the position at Harris in December 2017 serving as the primary customer interface with both NOAA and NASA stakeholders. She is responsible for maintaining and growing SIS portfolio for this and adjacent market segments. She began working at Harris in August 2014, initially focusing on the development and execution of advocacy campaigns with state, local, federal, and international audiences to support key business objectives and long-term growth strategies.
Before joining Harris, Connor provided government relations consulting, developing and implementing advocacy campaigns for Exelis. Exelis was acquired by Harris in 2015. Previously she served as professional staff member on the Subcommittee on Space for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Previously, she served in various roles supporting government relations and advocacy for the aerospace and space intelligence industries. She currently serves as the Aerospace Industries Association’s Space Council Chair and as a board member for the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. In addition, she provides advice and consultation to the Resources for the Future as part of their VALUABLES Consortium advisory board.
Connor has a Master of Arts degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Idaho.
Lisa Monaco is Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Jacobs’ Tidewater Operations Group (JTOG). Lisa joined Jacobs in 1999 and, in her current position, provides contract oversight and direction on the Center Maintenance, Operations, and Engineering (CMOE) contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center. Prior to her JTOG assignment, Lisa supported NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on a number of Jacobs’ contracts. With over 74,000 employees worldwide, Jacobs is a premier global consulting, design, engineering, construction, operations & maintenance and technical services firm delivering advanced solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.
The majority of Lisa’s career has been NASA focused, beginning with her PhD work on ground based research to support NASA’s microgravity experiments. As an active member of the Huntsville branch of the National Space Club, Lisa served NSC - HSV in the role of Programs Chair (2015, and 2018), and Chairperson (2016-17).
An avid champion of outreach and STEM engagement for young people, Lisa has actively supported NASA’s Human Rover Challenge, Student Launch Initiative, Future City and the AIAA Young Professionals Group.
Lisa holds a BS in Biology from Seton Hill University as well as a MS in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Susan is the Director of Government Affairs and Washington Operations for Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR). Primary responsibilities include interacting with the NASA, DOD and Congressional customers on civil space and national security space issues. Previously, Susan served as the Director of Washington Operations for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, after serving as a government affairs specialist for NASA’s Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs. Susan worked for 6 years in the 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 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. In addition to serving on the Board of the National Space Club, she serves as the Chair of the Space Enterprise Council and the Chair of the Space Legislative Action Team for the Aerospace Industries Association. Susan is the mom of two (Sophia and Jackson), golfs, plays soccer, snowboards, hikes and surfs.
Robbie Sabathier is the vice president of Washington Operations and Communications for United Launch Alliance (ULA) headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. In this role, she is responsible for leading ULA’s interaction with key decision makers and stakeholders in Washington, D.C. and shaping critical policies and decisions related to ULA’s business.
Sabathier brings 15 years of broad-based commercial and civil launch experience from her work with the European commercial launch company Arianespace, and space shuttle contractor United Space Alliance. In addition, she co-founded a startup telecommunication company specializing in designing, deploying and operating low-cost, high-speed internet networks to serve rural communities.
Sabathier holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law.
Joe Vealencis is the director of Government Relations for Ball Aerospace. Based in Washington, D.C., Vealencis is responsible for managing the company’s policy, advocacy efforts and engagements with Congress and the executive branch, as well as with state and local governments. His primary area of focus is defense and intelligence, where he develops and implements cross-business strategies in support of the company's National Defense and Systems Engineering Solutions Strategic Business Units.
Vealencis has more than 23 years of government service and possesses a depth of experience within numerous national intelligence agencies. Prior to joining Ball, he served as deputy director, Office of Legislative Affairs for the
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he supported the Director and the ODNI senior leadership in fulfilling their statutory obligations to keep the Congress fully and currently informed of intelligence-related activities. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at the National Reconnaissance Office, elevating the once-secret agency’s profile with the Congress and the public. He also held senior and director-level positions with the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the U.S House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security.
Vealencis is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science from the National Defense Intelligence College.
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