News Release No.21-60
Rita DeHart, KC4RMS
ARISS-USA Director of Public Engagement
Announcement of New Senior Leadership Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In May 2020, Amateur Radio on the International SpaceStation, Inc. (ARISS-USA) created a new 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitableorganization to enhance and expand ARISS initiatives in the USA. To support the variety of new functions androles of this organization, ARISS-USA has augmented its Senior Leadership teamby selecting five new members.
Martin Schulman,Associate Director: In this role, Mr. Schulman will work with the ExecutiveDirector, delegating routine tasks, enhancing perspective, and serving as a backupto the executive director when necessary. He will also serve as a memberof the ARISS-USA board. Mr. Schulman has over 30 years of experience intelecommunications, programming, and computer security, and is also an activevolunteer with the Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club in Sterling, Virginia.
Tom Henderson, Secretary: In this role, Mr. Henderson will have the primary duty of ensuring thatthe internal matters of the organization run smoothly and efficiently. He willrecord and keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board. Mr. Henderson alsoserves as the custodian of the ARISS-USA Minute Book and additional books andrecords as the Board may direct. Mr.Henderson’s profession is IT infrastructure and systems security research. He is also current president of theBloomington, Indiana Amateur Radio Club.
Jena Dunham, Director of VolunteerResources: Ms. Dunham will be responsiblefor the recruitment, basic training, and retention of volunteers needed tocomplete ARISS-USA’s mission. She will also maintain the volunteer database,manage subscriptions to the mailing lists, and generate policies regardingvolunteer conduct. Ms. Dunham is anexperienced nurse practitioner in the state of Kansas and has served as avolunteer for 4-H and the StormontVail hospital system.
Rita DeHart, Director of PublicEngagement: Ms. DeHart will be responsiblefor raising public awareness of the ARISS program. This includes the managementof all communication methods with the public (including, but not limited to, website,press releases, articles, and all forms of social media). She will also be responsible for themanagement of conference participation. Ms. DeHart has 46 years in the electric power industry and is an active memberof the Tampa Amateur Radio Club.
Randy Berger, Director of Engineering: Mr. Berger is responsible for planning and executingthe development of hardware and software systems that will enhance the primarygoals of ARISS-USA, specifically STEM education and backup communications forcrew members on human spaceflight vehicles. Mr. Berger’s scope of engineering involvementwill support the efforts of ARISS and includes everything within theengineering purview of ARISS, such as ISS, Lunar Gateway, satellitedevelopments, and future government and commercial space ventures. International collaboration and coordinationon systems and engineering strategies will be paramount in this role along withthe understanding of national and international collaboration laws andconstraints (such as ITAR) that is critically important in this role. Mr. Berger is an experienced technology officerand has been involved with amateur radio since the 1970s.
The new team members will join veteran leaders Frank Bauer(Executive Director), Carol Jackson (Treasurer), and Kathy Lamont (Director ofEducation). The Senior Leadership Team will work closelywith long-time ARISS US Delegates Rosalie White (ARRL) and Dave Taylor (AMSAT).
The Director of Business Development and Director ofOperations positions currently remain vacant.
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Amateur Radio Operations onthe ISS
AmateurRadio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture ofinternational amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support theInternational Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the RadioAmateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL),the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space communicationsand Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration ofscience, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) topics.ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crewmembers aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts,students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learningactivities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For moreinformation, see www.ariss.org,www.ariss-USA.org
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