Foundation Board of Directors and Officers


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that are elected from among the Directors of the state based Space Grant program. Each director serves a three year term. The Foundation's Chief Executive Officer, the Chair of the National Council of Space Grant Directors, and the Chair of the National Space Grant Alliance serve as Ex Officio officers on the board.

Kevin Crosby

Dr. Kevin Crosby, Treasurer

Wisconsin Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2021

Dr. Kevin M. Crosby teaches in the Physics and Astronomy Department and Computer Science Department at Carthage, and has chaired both departments. Dr. Crosby served as Division Chair for the Division of Natural Sciences for 10 years and as Dean of the Division of Natural and Social Sciences for one year. Crosby currently directs the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.

He has taught broadly across the physics curriculum, including courses in planetary astronomy and global climate science. He is currently involved in a variety of undergraduate space science research initiatives, including suborbital payload experiments, parabolic flight experiments, and CubeSat projects.

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Lynn Fenstermaker

Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker, Deputy Treasurer

Nevada Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2019

Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker was born and raised in rural northeastern PA. She earned a bachelor of science in Environmental Resource Management at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). Her master of science degree was also earned at Penn State in Agronomy with a focus on remote sensing. She then had an opportunity to move west as a contract employee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she focused on the environmental analysis of remotely sensed data, primarily aircraft data.

She then moved to the Environmental Research Center at UNLV and then to the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and has been employed there for over 25 years. While at DRI, she earned a PhD in Biological Science at UNLV and her dissertation focused on using aircraft data to estimate evapotranspiration (ET). She has been engaged in a large number of projects focusing on climate change, environmental stressors, basin-scale ET estimation and general land cover. She has served as Director of three statewide climate change projects and DRI’s liaison for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activities. On January 1, 2015 she became the NVSGC and NV NASA EPSCoR Director

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kevin freese

Kevin D. Freese, Chief Executive Officer

National Space Grant Foundation
Term ends:
December 31, 2019

Mr. Kevin  D. Freese has an extensive STEM and space related background, especially his leadership experience as a veteran USAF Officer with 12 years of active duty military service where he led the research development, test, manufacturing and deployment of tens of billions of dollars of many high profile aeronautical and aerospace vehicles and air breathing and rocket propulsion systems. Currently, Mr. Freese is Chairman of the Board of Cleveland, Ohio based technology, supply chain and e-commerce company, GroovyCandies.com, North America’s favorite on-line Candy & Fun Super Store since 1999. Mr. Freese served as Chairman of the Board of the Ohio Northern University TJ Smull College of Engineering for four years and co-chaired the successful capital campaign to build the new engineering college building for Ohio Northern University, scheduled to open in Fall 2019. Mr Freese is a Trustee of Lake Health Foundation in North East Ohio, where he has served for nearly 20 years.

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Jed Marquart

Dr. Jed Marquart, Director

Ohio Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2020

Dr. Jed E. Marquart is a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University. Marquart’s teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. He is also faculty advisor for senior mechanical engineering capstone projects. Marquart’s professional activities include advisor to the ONU student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ONU representative to the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and membership in the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2007, Marquart was recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators. His recent publications reflect his research interests, which include alternative energy sources, gas turbine and rocket engine design, and unsteady aerodynamics.

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Shawna McBride

Dr. Shawna McBride, Chair

Wyoming Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2020

Dr. Shawna McBride is the Director of the NASA STEM Engagement programs in Wyoming – Wyoming NASA Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR. She has a BS in Biology, an MS in Zoology and Physiology, and a PhD in Neuroscience. During graduate school, Shawna was very involved in teaching and science outreach and engagement.  She has been able to continue those pursuits in her career through her work with NASA Education, providing opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty to further their interest in and excitement about science.

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Joe Orr

Dr. Joe Orr, Director

Utah Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2020

Dr. Joe Orr is a Research Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Dr Orr serves as the Director of the Utah Space Grant Consortium, a statewide partnerships of universities, community colleges, science centers, and corporations dedicated to the development of the future STEM workforce in Utah. Dr. Orr holds a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Utah and a master of engineering management degree from Brigham Young University. Dr Orr is also the Chief Technical Officer of KORR Medical Technologies. After developing a metabolic measurement system for NASA in 1987, Dr Orr continued his research of metabolic rate measurement through oxygen consumption. This proprietary technology, reserved at one time to monitor, train, and evaluate elite astronauts, became the foundation of KORR Medical Technologies. He established KORR in 1993 with Dr Scott Kofoed.

Dr. Joseph Orr has over 20 years experience as an expert in respiratory and anesthesia instrumentation with an emphasis on studies, measurement and analysis of physiologic oxygen consumption and CO2 production. He has authored 26 peer-reviewed publications and currently holds 42 US patents and has multiple patents pending.

Timothy Swindle

Dr. Timothy Swindle, Secretary

Arizona Space Grant
Term ends: December 31, 2021

Dr. Timothy D. Swindle is a Professor of Planetary Sciences and Geosciences, Head of the Department of Planetary Sciences, and Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) at the University of Arizona. Professor Swindle has been Director of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium, a consortium of universities, community colleges, corporations and non-profit organizations throughout the state dedicated to workforce development for space-related fields, since 2012 and has been on the National Space Grant Foundation Board since 2018. He was also Chair of NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group, which represents the community of scientists who study comets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects, and other small bodies in the solar system, from 2016 to 2019. In his personal research, Professor Swindle has been studying the timing of events throughout the history of the solar system using noble gas-based geochronometers, beginning as a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD. He is currently a Collaborator on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, which LPL is leading. He is a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, the international organization devoted to the study of extraterrestrial material in the laboratory, and asteroid 8690 is named “Swindle” in his honor.

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Ex Officio Officers


Angela des Jardins

Dr. Angela Des Jardins, Chair of the National Council of Space Grant Directors

Montana Space Grant  |  National Council of Space Grant Directors

Dr. Angela Des Jardins grew up in Bozeman and graduated from Montana State University with a solar physics doctorate degree and began putting her training to use in a very short time. This is the story of a local kid working hard from the beginning, having a passion for NASA programs, achieving her personal goals and then giving back to Bozeman, Gallatin County and Montana. She is now impacting the space grant program at the national level. She received the National Space Grant’s Special Service Award in 2017 for her leadership on the Eclipse Ballooning Project. Fifty-five teams across the country launched balloons equipped with an MSU-designed system for livestreaming aerial video of the eclipse, which had never been done before. Des Jardins is currently the chair of the Council of Space Grant Directors. She is respected by her peers and brings a passion to NASA STEM outreach that is contagious. Des Jardins has had an impact on thousands of students studying STEM fields across Montana and the nation. Because of her programs and projects, many students have changed career paths.

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John Kosmatka

Dr. John Kosmatka, Chair of the National Space Grant Alliance

California Space Grant  |  National Space Grant Alliance

Dr. John Kosmatka, professor of composite and aerospace structures, holds the Callaway Golf Chair in Structural Mechanics at UCSD. Before coming to UCSD in 1991, Kosmatka was an assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and held senior engineer positions at TRW and the Aerospace Corporation. He was named Jacobs School Structural Engineering "Teacher of the Year" in 1998, and has been honored with numerous professional distinctions and was named Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a NASA/ASEE Fellow. Kosmatka has authored more than 100 papers on composite structures, holds 24 U.S. patents, and is a technical reviewer for several companies and government laboratories.

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