Helping Promote Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts & Mathematics to Underserved Students

Leadership

Adrian Laffitte

Adrian Laffitte

Executive Director

Adrian Laffitte is the Executive Director for the Kennedy Space Center Educational Foundation, where he is responsible for establishing and facilitating programs to educate students and educators in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Laffitte recently retired after 31 years of service with Lockheed Martin. His position at time of retirement was Director of Florida Government Relations for Lockheed Martin, where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with state and local government officials in support of LMSSC programs and activities to increase Lockheed Martin employment in Florida. He started his career at Vandenberg Air Force Base, working on the Space Shuttle Program. Laffitte worked on the Titan IV program and later transferred to Florida as part of the new Launch Operations organization. He was subsequently named Director of Atlas Launch Operations and was responsible for the processing and launching of the Atlas II, Atlas III and Atlas V vehicles at Cape Canaveral Air Station, conducting 30 successful consecutive launches. Laffitte holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's Degree in Structural Engineering from University of Texas, Austin.

Board Members

Robert Springer

Colonel, United States Marine Corp
NASA Astronaut (Retired)

Robert C. Springer is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel and aviator.   During his Marine Corps career, Colonel Springer accumulated more than 6500 hours of flight time including two spaceflights aboard the Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis. . A 1975 graduate of the U. S. Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, he served as head of the Ordnance Systems Branch and was a Test Pilot for more than 20 different types of fixed and rotary-winged aircraft. . Following two combat tours in South East Asia, he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in California and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978 and was assigned to Headquarters Fleet marine Force, Atlantic, where he assumed responsibility for Joint Operational Planning for Marine Forces in NATO and the Mid-East. He was serving as aide-de-camp/executive assistant for the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, when advised of his selection by NASA.

Bob joined The Boeing Company after leaving NASA, and was assigned as Integration Manager for the International Space Station Project. Following this assignment, he was Site Director and Deputy Program Manager for Advanced Space Programs for Boeing North American. Bob was then reassigned as the Deputy Director of Boeing’s Space Shuttle Program and subsequently held a variety of executive positions with Boeing. He retired in 2007from the position of Director of Quality for the Boeing Military Airplane Company.

Bob is an active member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Marine Corps Aviation Association, and the United States Navel Academy Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Operations Research Society and the Military Operations Research Society. Bob was named one of the Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Men in America in 1977. Bob has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Space is Special, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the hands on applications of the space program to educate children with learning disabilities. He has also served on the Brevard County School Board and is on the board of Keep Brevard Beautiful, The Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and is President of the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation.

Bob is currently the President of Springer Consulting, specializing in aerospace consulting and motivational speaking.

Dr Dave Hosley

Consulting service for emergency management, leadership, management, education, training, aviation, space, and defense sectors.

Extensive experience in space, aviation, education, training, emergency management and manufacturing processes. 475 combat missions in Vietnam. Program Manager, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Liaison to the White House and Congressional Committees representing the Department of Defense. Detailed to the Administrator, Federal Aviation Authority, by the Secretary of the Air Force for Special Studies.

Military Faculty and Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air University. Director, Alternate National Command Post, United States Air Force. Commander, United Air Force's Leadership and Management Center and The Center for Professional Development. Director, Career Development and Technical Training and Certification, United Space Alliance and Lockheed Martin, United States Space Shuttle Program. Dean, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Director, Airway Science Program, Florida Memorial College.  President, D & B Professional Development, LLC. Owner, David Hosley Consulting.

Boards Served:

       Past member of Spaceport Commerce Park;

Vice President Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority Board;

Past member Merritt Island High School da Vinci Career Academy Board;

Past Member Space Coast Jr/Sr High School STEAM Academy Advisory Board;

Past Chairperson Park Avenue Baptist Church Academy Advisory Board;

Past Cocoa Beach Air Show Advisory Board to Brevard Public Schools;

Our America Inc Advisory Board;

Comp-air Aviation Advisory Board;

Women Reaching Women Advisory Board;

       Past Advisory Board Member Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

       International Peninsula Chapter;

 

Education:

Ed.D, Education Administration, University of Arizona;

Diploma, Industrial College of the Armed Forces;

Diploma, Armed Forces Staff College.

Janice Kershaw

J Kershaw

Janice Kershaw is Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, responsible for leading development, program and administrative activities in support of enhancing education in Brevard Public Schools - the 47th largest school system in the nation and 10th largest in Florida. During her tenure, the Foundation was recognized nationally as one of the top 25 education foundations in the nation for supporting public education. Kershaw assumed the post after having spent 10 years as an elected member of Brevard Public Schools where she was chosen by her peers as chairman three times and was a founding member and chairman of the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition representing 1/3 of Florida's school enrollment. While serving on the School Board, she earned Board Member and Master Board Certification from the Florida School Boards Association, completed an Executive Program in Labor-Management Relations at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and participated in a Business and Professional Women's Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. Kershaw currently serves as a trustee of AMI Kids - Space Coast, board member of Wuesthoff Health System, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and charter member of the newly formed Kennedy Space Center Education Foundation. Kershaw graduated with a BA from DePauw University and holds certification as a Facilitative Leadership trainer. She and her husband, Dave, have two grown sons.

Joe Davis

JoeDavis

Joseph Davis joined the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation in June of 2016 as Chief Marketing Officer to promote and increase awareness of Florida KidCare, the state’s health insurance program specifically for children from birth through the age of 18.  

Most recently, Mr. Davis served as CEO of the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN), advocating for increased quality and accessibility of afterschool programs. Prior to his role at FAN, he was the Chief of the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach at the Florida Department of Education after having begun his career as a middle school teacher in Tallahassee, Florida.  

Mr. Davis has also worked nationally as an education consultant, assisting school districts with the school improvement process and providing strategies to ensure that students are safe, healthy and prepared for college and career success.


His commitment to Florida's children and families has resulted in special recognition, including a statewide "Award of Excellence" from the Florida Afterschool Alliance, an Honorary Life Membership in the Florida PTA, and status as a fellow with the Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Institute. Joe and his wife, Elle, are both graduates of Florida State University and have resided in Tallahassee for over 25 years.

Winston Scott

Winston Scott

Winston E. Scott is a retired U. S. Navy Captain and aviator. He was born in Miami, FL and graduated from college in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Scott entered Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School in 1973. He completed flight training and was designated a naval aviator in 1974. Scott later earned his Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering with avionics. During his Navy career, Captain Scott served as a helicopter pilot with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron Light Thirty-Three at NAS North Island, CA. flying the SH-2F helicopter. He later served a tour of duty as a fighter pilot with Fighter Squadron Eighty Four at NAS Oceana, Virginia flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter/interceptor. He subsequently served as a production test pilot and engineering director at the Naval Aviation Depot at NAS Jacksonville, FL., as a research development test and evaluation (RDTE) pilot and Deputy Director of the Tactical Aircraft Systems Department in Warminster, Pennsylvania. As a RDTE pilot Scott was current in the F-14 Tomcat, the F/A-18 Hornet and the A-7 Corsair aircraft. He has accumulated more than 6,000 hours of flight time in more than 20 different military and civilian aircraft and more than 200 shipboard landings. Captain Scott was also an associate instructor of electrical engineering at Florida A&M University and Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Captain Scott was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1992. Serving as a mission specialist, he logged over 24 days in space; including 3 spacewalks totaling over 19 hours.

He has advised elected officials on matters related to space and aeronautics.

He currently serves as the Senior Vice President for External Relations at Florida Institute of Technology. Capt. Scott holds the rank of professor of aeronautics in the college of aeronautics and professor of music in the college of psychology and liberal arts.

Captain Scott’s book Reflections from Earth Orbit was published in 2005.

Sam Durrance

More information coming soon!

Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin has been a leader in education for the past 14 and currently serves as the Director of Community Relations & Public Information Officer for Brevard County Schools, overseeing all media relations, marketing and advertising, community engagement, publications, printing services and digital media.

Prior to her move to Florida, she spent eight years in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools as the Senior Director of Community Relations & Programs; providing program oversight for adult, alternative, community, and correctional education, while also overseeing all public and community relations efforts on behalf of the district. Prior to this, she supervised adult and community relations for Lapeer Intermediate Schools District in Lapeer, Michigan. Before entering the K-12 environment, she worked in public relations for the American Red Cross, General Motors, and Macomb Community College.

Irwin has a dual background in public relations and educational administration. She holds a Bachelors in Journalism/Public Relations from Central Michigan University, a Master’s of Science in Education Administration from Capella University, and an Education Specialist’s degree in school leadership from Saginaw Valley State University.

In addition to her work as a public school administrator, Irwin has taught coursework for the Masters in Educational Leadership program for Concordia University since 2008. Irwin has provided numerous professional development trainings in both the educational and public relations settings and several of her key communications strategies have resulted in state, national and international awards.

She has been married for 27 years and has three grown children.

Billy Specht

Bill Specht

Mr. Billy Specht serves as Executive Director at the Titusville YMCA, which includes the YMCA Family Center and the Titusville YMCA Tennis & Racquet Center.   He, his wife Diana, and their six-year old son William reside in Titusville, FL.  Diana is a teacher at Sculpter Charter School.  Billy also serves as Chairman of the Board for the 2015 Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to operating the Titusville Y, Billy served as General Manager at the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and Director of Education for Delaware North, operator of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  In this position, he was responsible for developing and directing a variety of interpretive tours and education programs and managing the Astronaut Hall of Fame museum and staff.

Billy earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Queens University of Charlotte, and a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, Space Coast.  He has also completed coursework at the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center.

When he's not working, Billy enjoys playing tennis and racquetball and spending time at the beach with his family.

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