Board of Directors

 

PRESIDENT - KIRK KITTELL
SSP 2006
Kittell is a Systems Engineer at Raytheon Company in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. At Raytheon, Kittell works in the Integrated Defense Systems business unit. Kittell previously worked as a Systems Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, and at Science Applications International Corporation in Houston, Texas. He  has served as Vice President of Education in the American Astronautical Society. He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
VICE PRESIDENT - DAPHNE DADOR
SSP 2005
Dador is a manager at the Aerospace Industries Association in Arlington, VA. AIA is the premier trade association that represents the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. At AIA, she is the policy lead and manager for the association’s workforce initiatives, including the use of space to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Previously she was at the California Space Authority where she was the manager of workforce and education development. She has also held leadership roles with Space Generation Congress, Women in Aerospace, and the GW Space Society. Dador earned a Master of Arts degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the The George Washington University, where she was a Boeing Fellow, and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from The Catholic University of America.
 
TREASURER - SHANDY ASTURIAS
SSP 2005
Asturias is a Mechanical Integration and Test Engineer at Orbital Sciences in Dulles, VA. At Orbital, Asturias works on the manufacturing floor on mechanical tasks to assemble and test geostationary satellites. Previously, Asturias was an Aerospace Engineer at the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST). While there, Asturias working on licensing for launch vehicles like SpaceShipOne, Falcon 1 and various Armadillo Aersospace vehicles.  Asturias is currently working to complete in 2010 her M.S. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at George Washington University. Asturias earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2003.
 
DIRECTOR, IT/COMMUNICATIONS - ASHLEY WHELAN
SSP 2006
Whelan serves as the Manager of Government Affairs for the Space Foundation in Washington, D.C. In this role, she is one of the Foundation’s primary interfaces with key customers, staff, and officials in the Administration, Congress, space industry, and federal agencies – including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State, as well as NASA and the FAA. In addition, Whelan volunteers for Women in Aerospace, assisting with the association’s yearly programming and chairing the annual awards ceremony and banquet. Whelan previously served as research analyst and graduate student intern with the Foundation. She earned a Master of Arts degree in International Science and Technology Policy, with a focus on space policy, from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Astronomy, with a focus on astrophysics, from the University of Colorado.
 
DIRECTOR FOR DEVELOPMENT - DAVID TREAT
SSP 2007
Treat is currently a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA.  At Booz Allen, Treat leads and conducts research studies and assessments for a variety of government organizations in the areas of space policy, technology, and the industrial base.  Previously he was a Project Manager at Lockheed Martin at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston supporting research, development, test and evaluation of advanced life support technologies.  He also served as a test lead for space shuttle and space station EVA development testing.  Treat has remained active in the DC space community through involvement in the National Space Society International Space Development Conference, Yuri’s Night, and the George Washington University Space Society.  In 2007, Treat earned a Master of Arts degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, where he was a Lockheed Martin Fellow at the Space Policy Institute.  Treat earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1994.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF BOARD POSITIONS
PRESIDENT - The President shall serve as the Association‘s primary liaison toISU Headquarters and shall represent the Association in all manners and shall be responsible for establishing and preserving contacts between ISU*USA, ISU, other regional alumni organizations, and other groups. He/she shall preside at all meetings of both the Members of the Association and the Board of Directors. If he/she cannot attend any said meeting, he/she shall designate the Vice Presidentor an alternate presiding officer from among the other elected officers of the Board of Directors. He/she shall have the general and active management of the affairs of the Association. He/she shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. He/she shall be authorized to sign checks issued by the Association. He/she shall also perform such other duties as may be directed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
 
VICE PRESIDENT - The Vice President shall be responsible for the giving and service of all notices of the Association, keeping the minutes of all meetings of Members and of the Board of Directors, updating the membership list, distributing copies to the Board of Directors and general Members as requested and overseeing all elections. He/she shall be in charge of the records of the Association including books containing contact information of the Members and the directors of the Association, together with copies of all reports made by the Association, and such other books and papers as the Board of Directors may direct. He/she shall be responsible for the keeping and filing of all books, reports, and other documents required by law to be kept and filed by the Association and not required to be kept by some other officer or agent of the Association. He/she shall be authorized to sign checks issued by the Association. He/she shall also perform such other duties as may be directed from time to time by the President or Board of Directors.
 
TREASURER - The Treasurer shall have the custody of the funds of the Association and shall keep a full and accurate account of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Association in the books belonging to the Association, and shall deposit all monies, securities, and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Association, in such chartered bank or trust company or, in the case of securities, in such registered dealer in securities as may be designated by the Board of Directors from time to time. He/she shall disburse the funds of the Association as may be directed by proper authority taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the President and directors at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors, or whenever they may require it, an accounting of all the transactions and a statement of the financial position of the Association. He/she shall be authorized to sign checks issued by the Association. He/she shall also perform such other duties as may be directed from time to time by the President or Board of Directors.
 
DIRECTOR FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND COMMUNICATIONS - The Director for Information Technologies and Communications shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Association‘s web site, a main instrument in the communication among Members and publicity of the Association and communication to Members of the Association‘s activities. He/she shall also perform such other duties as may be directed from time to time by the President or Board of Directors.
 
DIRECTOR FOR DEVELOPMENT - The Director for Development shall be responsible for developing and directing the fundraising plans of the Association. He/she shall serve as the primary liaison of the Association to the U.S. Foundation for ISU and coordinate fundraising and scholarship activities of the two organizations. The Director for Development shall also serve as a chief organizer of recruitment efforts of Members. He/she shall also perform such other duties as may be directed from time to time by the President or Board of Directors.