Elizabeth Kennick: President, Teachers in Space, Inc.
Liz 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
Jim Kuhl: Vice President
James Kuhl retired in 2017 from teaching Earth Science to 6th grade students at Central Square Middle School in Central Square, NY. Over the years he has taught many summer STEM classes including Flight Science for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Cape Cod Community College’s Summer of Science (SOS) Maker Movement Class. He applied for the original NASA Teacher in Space program in 1985 and was a finalist for the NASA Educator Astronaut program in 2004. Jim has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education and serves on the board of directors of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. He has presented numerous workshops at national, state and local conferences. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines and consulted on the Master Teacher Board for Pearson’s Interactive Science textbook series. His students are currently preparing an experiment to fly on the Perlan 2 glider’s record-breaking, high altitude flight.
Joel Jackel: Treasurer
Joel 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, astronomy and astrophysics at Forest Hills High School. He has been involved in Teachers in Space as a workshop participant since 2012 and in administration since 2013.
Chris Murphy: Board of Directors
Chris Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill and A Masters in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Rose. He currently teaches High School Earth Science and Living Environment at Gloversville Enlarged School District in upstate New York.
After participating in a suborbital workshop through Teachers in Space in 2012, Chris has established a high altitude balloon program with his students and local agencies. The High Altitude Achievement program has successfully launched and recovered balloons carrying student payloads from various schools for over three years. The club has represented Teachers in Space at the World Science Festival annually since 2015. Chris and one of his students participated as members of the first TIS ground crew in Minden, Nevada developing payload procedures for the student experiments which flew on initial flights of the Perlan II stratospheric glider in Argentina 2016.
Chris is a member of NSTA, STANYS and AIAA He now serves as TIS Director of High Altitude Balloon operations.
Carol Pinchefsky: Board of Directors
Carol Pinchefsky is a freelance writer who has written for The New York Times, Forbes.com, IT World, Syfy Wire, and many others. She lives in New York City with her husband and their books.
Jim Adams: Board of Directors
W. James (Jim) Adams served as the Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA in the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) from 2012 until retiring from NASA in 2016. NASA’s OCT is responsible for direct management of NASA’s space technology programs and for coordination and tracking of all technology investments across the agency.
Prior to serving as NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist, Adams was the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, he was responsible for the budget, scheduling, and performance of NASA’s planetary missions. The Planetary Science Division is responsible for NASA Solar System exploration efforts including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Exploration Rover, and New Horizons missions. Most recently Adams served as the Project Manager for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS). During his career, Adams has worked on the design, development, testing and operations of over 24 launched spacecraft, across three scientific disciplines and human spaceflight.
Ulyana Horodyskyj: Board of Directors
Ulyana Horodyskyj is a scientist, mountaineer, and professor based in Colorado. She has traveled to and worked on all 7 continents, pursuing field science in extreme locations. After earning her PhD from the University of Colorado in 2015, she launched her company “Science in the Wild”, leading scientific exploration in the Arctic (Baffin Island), Himalaya (Nepal), Andes (Argentina and Chile), Tanzania (Kilimanjaro) and the Mexican volcanoes.
In October 2015, Ulyana graduated from Project PoSSUM, a citizen-scientist astronautics program studying noctilucent clouds (indicators of a changing climate) in the mesosphere. She has participated in microgravity tests of Final Frontier Design commercial spacesuits with the National Research Council in Canada (2015) and Zero-G Corps/NASA Flight Opportunities Program (2017).
Zach Karmen: Board of Directors
Zachary Karmen is an attorney licensed in the state of New York recently retired after a career in municipal law in Syracuse, New York. In that capacity he drafted, reviewed and oversaw contracts with New York State, local municipalities and private not-for-profit agencies. In the late 1970’s prior to beginning his legal career, Zach was a teacher in Iran and Brazil. He has always been interested in space travel and seeks to assist in the mission of TIS to engage students and teachers in the limitless wonder of outer space.
Joe Latrell: Board of Directors
Joe Latrell is a life-long avid space enthusiast having created his own rocket company in Roswell, NM in addition to other 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. Joe is an additive manufacturing expert and the designer behind the Teachers in Space, Inc. Cubesat Framekits and Arduino Starter Kits. He is also a regular contributing author at www.spaceflightinsider.com and an experienced website designer and developer.
Peter Wainwright: Board of Directors
Peter Wainwright co-founded the Space Future website with Dr. Patrick Collins in 1997. This powerful website is home to nearly 200 papers covering every aspect of space tourism and a host of related subjects. Space Future seeks to educate the public, students, journalists, and enthusiasts to the real commercial and societal potential of space. Mr. Wainwright is also a senior partner in Space Future Consulting, an international consultancy group that provides advice and analysis to the space, tourism, and media industries. Space Future Consulting was the first in the world to carry out market research into the field of space tourism, and its work has been endorsed extensively by others, including NASA.