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Board of Directors 2018-2019
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Goddard Dinner Chairperson / President Elect
Arthur (Bill) Beckman
Boeing Washington DC Operations
Youth Education Chairperson
Susan T.M. Nelson
National Space Club & Foundation
Arthur (Bill) Beckman
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.
Mike Fox is Vice President of Business Development at Star Lab, a cyber-security, anti-tamper, and secure virtualization software products company. Fox is responsible for business development, marketing, government relations, and media relations.
He has held space industry leadership roles including the Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Space Council and co-founder of the Coalition for Aerospace (CAS) and Science. CAS advocates for higher NASA budgets.
Prior to Star Lab, Fox spent nearly nine years in corporate business development at Raytheon Company, where he led efforts on civil space and weather for over five years. He had also held cyber and classified space business development leadership roles at Raytheon. Fox led or supported over $1.5B in wins across a variety of customers and technologies.
Before his time at Raytheon, Fox led business development at Crucial Security, Inc., including for one year following the company’s acquisition by Harris Corporation. He was founder and CEO of Fed 5 Corporation, a federal sales and marketing company that supported clients with sales and marketing planning, process and execution.
Fox holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is passionate about space, advanced technology, triathlon, and STEM.
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.
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). 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.
Gary M. Testut
Gary Testut leads a team supporting critical intelligence missions within the national customer community. He is responsible for strategy, customer engagement, program execution and personnel development in his business area.
Testut returned to Ball Aerospace in August 2017 after spending the previous five years working for BAE Systems as vice president, Government Relations. Prior to that, he worked at Ball in Washington, D.C. as the director for defense and space programs.
Gary is a veteran United States Air Force officer who served 20 years as a program manager, staff officer, and legislative liaison in the space career field, retiring as a Lt Colonel.
Gary remains active in the national space community as a board member and past president of the National Space Club and Foundation as well as vice chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association Space Division.
Testut holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Western New England College and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Ann Zulkosky joined Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as the Director for NASA Programs in 2014. She is responsible for developing and executing a strategy that sustains and extends Lockheed Martin’s role in NASA’s space exploration and planetary science programs. She came to Lockheed from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where she developed major legislation and provided key oversight responsibilities for NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In the 111th Congress, she served as the lead staffer for Senate Democrats during the 2010 NASA reauthorization and a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, which directs federal science and technology research and STEM education programs. A January 2012 special edition of CQ-Roll Call listed Ann as one of 30 Hill staff to know and only one of five technology staff. Before coming to the Senate as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy fellow in 2007, Ann held various positions in science and policy, including managing both an environmental education program in Maine and an environmental philanthropy in Massachusetts. A Minnesota native, Ann received her B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and an M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from Stony Brook University in New York.
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