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Space Foundation Elects New Officers and Directors

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Washington, D.C. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The board of directors of the Space Foundation conducted its annual meeting today, electing the following officers and directors:

  • Lon C. Levin, co-founder of XM Satellite Radio, and president of SkySevenVentures, was elected chairman of the board
  • ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.), former commander, United States Strategic Command, and former president and chief executive officer, INPO, was elected vice chairman
  • Kathryn C. Thornton, Ph.D., University of Virginia professor, and former NASA astronaut, was elected secretary
  • Anita M. Antenucci, senior managing director, Houlihan Lokey, was re-elected as treasurer
  • The Honorable Patricia Grace Smith, former associate administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; principal, Patti Grace Smith Consulting, LLC, was elected Executive Committee Member-At-Large

“We thank all of our board members for their hard work and commitment to our mission,” said Elliot H. Pulham, Space Foundation board member and chief executive officer. “We are especially grateful to those who are retiring from our board, and appreciate their years of dedicated service.”

Retiring from the board is Martin C. Faga, former president and chief executive officer, The MITRE Corporation, and former director of the National Reconnaissance Office. Faga served on the board of directors from January 2007 through January 2014, and was chairman of the board from January 2012 through January 2014. Faga was elected to the lifetime position of director emeritus.

Also retiring from the board and named life directors of the Space Foundation:

  • The Honorable Barbara Barrett, president and chief executive officer, Triple Creek Guest Ranch; former ambassador to Finland. Barrett served as a director 2007-2008, resigning to become U.S. Ambassador to Finland. She was re-elected to the board in 2010, and served as corporate secretary 2010-2014
  • David Caddey, executive vice president, Space Missions Group for MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates, Ltd., who served two terms from 2008-2014

Elected to second terms on the board of directors:

  • James G. Maser, vice president, Corporate Strategy & Development, GenCorp Inc.
  • Kay N. Sears, president, Intelsat General

Newly elected to the board of directors are:

  • Michael Gass, president and chief executive officer, United Launch Alliance
  • Dr. Fritz Merkle, member of the executive board, OHB System AG

Returning board members are:

  • Richard F. Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Wanda M. Austin, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • The Honorable Robert E. “Bud” Cramer, vice chairman, Capitol Hill Consulting
  • Lynn A. Dugle, president, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS)
  • John W. Elbon, vice president and general manager, The Boeing Company — Space Exploration
  • P.J. O’Rourke, author and political satirist
  • Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., vice president and enterprise executive for energy, Colorado State University and The Ohio State University
  • Thomas E. Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • The Honorable Dave Weldon, M.D., head of Dave Weldon Consulting; former U.S. representative from the State of Florida

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.