Elizabeth Kennick: Founding Director, Teachers in Space, Inc.

Liz_final_smallLiz Kennick has directed the Teachers in Space (TIS) program since 2011, initially as a project manager for the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF). In 2014 Liz and her management team incorporated TIS as an educational nonprofit organization in the state of New York.

A member of SFF’s Board from 2009-2013, Liz was previously Vice President of Client Technology at Morgan Stanley with a $2M annual budget for 1700 software users. She holds degrees in Information Systems / Operations Analysis, English, and Education and is certified as a Project Management Professional and as a Network Engineer. Liz is co-founder of NYC’s Software Process Improvement Network and has produced Yuri’s Night NY, a space-themed party for 200+ guests, annually since 2008, and TEDxMidTownNY, as space-themed speaker series, in 2010-2011.

Liz created the Space Frontier Foundation’s Business Plan Bootcamp for the 5 finalists in the foundation’s 2011 Business Plan Competition, and was a judge at the 2011 SEDS Student Business Plan Competition. She created Escape Guesthouse LLC, a boutique bed and breakfast in Brooklyn, New York in 2006 and sold it in 2013 for 3 times purchase price.

She has flown on ZeroG, experienced centrifuge and hypobaric chamber training, scuba dived to 70 feet, and climbed Cotopaxi, Earth’s highest extinct volcano. Liz is a frequent speaker on The Space Show, The Invisible World, Rotary Club and TEDx events, and at conferences such as NewSpace, SpaceVision, Project World and the International Space Development Conference (ISDC). Her 2014 TEDx presentation “Gimme Some Space!” can be seen at: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Space-adventures-get-real-Eliza

Joel Jackel: Vice President

Joel JackelJoel Jackel studied geology, education and anthropology at CUNY: Queens College and has been teaching in New York City since 2003. He currently teaches earth science and astronomy at Forest Hills High School. He has been involved in Teachers in Space as a workshop participant since 2012 and in administration since 2013.

Joe Latrell: Vice President

Joe LatrellWith over 30 years experience in Information Technology and entrepreneurship, Joe Latrell’s knowledge covers a wide range of fields. His specialty is guiding dedicated teams in the creation, design, and deployment of new and marketable products.

As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Latrell lends his experiences from the corporate and small business arenas to Teachers In Space. Mr. Latrell is a life-long avid space enthusiast, creating his own rocket company in Roswell, NM as well as many consumer space endeavors. He continues to design, build and launch his own rockets and has a passion to see the next generation excited about the opportunities of space exploration.

Luther Richardson: Missions Specialist

Luther RichardsonCurrently teaching science at Columbus High School, Luther is an award winning educator and published author. He is a specialist in high altitude balloon operations sending both hydrogen and helium based systems over 100,000 feet for groups such as NASA’s Ames Research Center. Luther’s experience in ‘hands on’ operations make him a natural fit for Teachers in Space.