Board of Directors

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Our Board of Directors includes:

Andrew Allen

Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group (JSOG)


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Andrew Allen is Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs Space Operations Group at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, FL. JSOG provides overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at KSC as part of the Test Operations Support Contract (TOSC). Program support includes the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Launch Services Program. TOSC also supports NASA requirements, including agency programs, commercial entities and other government agencies in services for launch vehicles, spacecraft and payload integration and processing; operations and development of associated processes and ground systems to support integration, processing and launch; servicing and testing of flight hardware; and launch of development and operational flights at KSC.

Andrew’s entire career has been dedicated to aerospace. Prior to joining Jacobs, he served in various space industry leadership positions including Vice President of Space Programs and Requirements for Honeywell, Vice President of International Military Aircraft for Honeywell and Associate Program Manager for Ground Operations with United Space Alliance. Selected by NASA in 1987, Andrew became an astronaut in 1988 and is a veteran of three space flights – logging more than 900 hours in space as the pilot on STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, and mission commander on STS-75 in 1996. He was the Director of Space Station Requirements at NASA Headquarters until 1997. A retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and U.S. Navy Test Pilot School prior to his selection to the astronaut program. He has flown over 6,000 hours in over 30 different aircraft.

Andrew earned his MBA fromthe University of Florida (2004) and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University (1977). He has received numerous awards and honors during his career including an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Daniel Webster College; Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Villanova University; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Bucks County Community College; as well as numerous medals and accolades in recognition of exemplary military and NASA service, such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Single Mission Air Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medal.

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Lisa B. Callahan

Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


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Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this role, she is responsible for all elements of Civil Space within Space Systems. She has executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions, including planetary, solar, astrophysical and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These programs include Orion spacecraft, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, Juno, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey planetary missions, and nuclear space power programs. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.

In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.

Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation; Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program; and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.

Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she’s a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.

Ms. Callahan is a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit & Ethics Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee.

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Jim Chilton

Senior Vice President, Space and Launch, Boeing Defense, Space & Security


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Jim Chilton is senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch division, with a portfolio that includes the International Space Station; the CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle; NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS); government and commercial satellite systems; and Boeing’s participation in United Launch Alliance.

Previously, Chilton led various other Boeing divisions that included space programs, strategic missiles, missile defense and weapons. Prior to these leadership roles, he managed various space programs for Boeing, including Exploration Launch Systems; SLS; and the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services team in support of Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and expendable launch vehicle payloads.

Chilton began his career in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at Rocketdyne. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from
Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Charles J. Precourt

Vice President & General Manager, Propulsion Systems
Northrop Grumman


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Charlie Precourt is the vice president and general manager of Propulsion Systems for Northrop Grumman (Previously: “Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group”). He is responsible for key programs including the solid rocket booster for NASA’s Space Launch System, Trident II (D-5) and Minuteman III strategic missile product lines, the Groundbased Midcourse Defense program and commercial rocket motors and products.

Precourt joined Orbital ATK in March 2005 as vice president, Strategy and Business Development, and was responsible for business market analysis, developing new customer and market opportunities and matching Orbital ATK’s capabilities and synergies to customer requirements.

Before coming to Orbital ATK, Precourt had a distinguished 15-year career with NASA. Qualified as a space shuttle astronaut in 1991, he is a veteran of four space flights—including two as mission commander—and has logged more than 932 hours in space. In addition to his duties as an astronaut, Precourt also held several management and technical positions with NASA, including deputy program manager for the International Space Station, chief of the Astronaut Corps and director of operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
Center in Star City, Russia.

Precourt also served for 23 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in March 2000. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and flew as a test pilot on the F-15E development program. Precourt was an F-15 pilot/instructor/flight commander in Europe and an instructor pilot at both Reese and Edwards Air Force Bases.

A native of Hudson, Massachusetts, Precourt received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in engineering management from Golden State University and a master’s in national security affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He also attended the French Air Force Academy in 1976 as part of an exchange program. He is fluent in both Russian and French.

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Julie A. Van Kleeck

Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit
Aerojet Rocketdyne


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Julie Van Kleeck is Aerojet Rocketdyne’s (AJR)Vice President of the Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit. She is responsible for space and launch propulsion and power, research, technology development and product development programs. Her program and technology responsibilities include the company’s Space Launch System Propulsion (SLS), Orion propulsion, Commercial Crew propulsion and power, advanced electric propulsion, International Space System (ISS) power system, and AFRL and DARPA programs as well as AR’s additive manufacturing, advanced materials, nontoxic propellant, Bantam engine technology, modular small satellite and nuclear propulsion and power technology efforts.

Ms. Van Kleeck joined Aerojet in 1981 and was appointed to her present position in June 2013. Prior to this assignment, she was the vice president of the Space and Launch Business Unit for Aerojet responsible for all the company’s in-space and launch propulsion technology, development and production programs.

From 1994-2007, she served in a number of management positions including program director of a multi-national commercial launch vehicle project, during which she interfaced extensively with foreign launch vehicle companies (1998-2001) and affiliated governmental agencies as well as the chief engineer for the company’s key missile defense programs (1990-1992).

Ms. Van Kleeck started her career in systems engineering and later moved to rocket system product development. She has been instrumental in the development of leading-edge rocket propulsion technology and products, including a number of missile defense, launch vehicle and spacecraft propulsion systems, many of which are in production today at Aerojet Rocketdyne. She has demonstrated experience in virtually all forms of rocket propulsion technology and their applications.

Ms. Van Kleeck earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California and has extensive “hands-on” experience. She has received numerous technical awards from Aerojet Rocketdyne, GenCorp and outside organizations. She is very active in Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and Women in Aerospace outreach and advocacy efforts. She is also the executive sponsor AJR’s “Women in Network” (WIN) organization, an AIAA Associate Fellow, the Co-Chair of the AIAA Corporate Member Committee, a a Propulsion and Energy Executive Steering Committee member. a past Aerospace Museum of California board member and a current member of the European Space Propulsion board.

Ms. Van Kleeck resides in Folsom, Calif. with her husband and extended family. She is an avid skier and runner.

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