New Chair, Board Members Join Space Center Houston

Nonprofit Announces New Strategic Plan as It Celebrates 25 Years


HOUSTON, Feb.9, 2018 – Space Center Houston announces the 2018 slate for its board of directors and a new strategic plan as it celebrates 25 years.

“We’ve worked hard and experienced tremendous growth,” said William T. Harris, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “The dedication, expertise and knowledge of these civic and industry leaders will enable Space Center Houston to realize its new strategic plan and be of even greater service to the community.”

Lon Miller of Jacobs replaces Fred Griffin of Griffin Partners Inc. as the chair of the board of directors.

“I am excited as we move forward with our plan,” Miller said. “The strategic framework spells out our vision, by which everything we do will be guided.”

Joining the leadership as board vice chairs are Alice Mosing of Mosing Brothers and retired executive Pat Cunningham.

Griffin, a longtime supporter of Space Center Houston, will continue to serve on the board and was a leader in the effort to bring the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 and space shuttle replica Independence to Space Center Houston. He was the co-chair of the capital campaign, “Bring the Legacy Home,” to fund the $15 million multi-exhibit complex.

Newly elected board members include Peggy Kostial, senior managing director, Accenture U.S. Southwest region; Raamel Mitchell, director of public affairs and citizenship, Microsoft Central U.S. Public Sector; and Vanessa Wyche, director of exploration integration and science for NASA Johnson Space Center.

The following board members were re-elected: Bob Cavnar, Morpheus Asset Strategies; Daniel L. Cohen, Gardere Wynne Sewell; Pat Cunningham, Cunningham Partners; Joan Del Papa, Del Papa Distributing; Bill King, retired community leader; Dennis Murphree, Murphree Venture Partners; Deborah Conder, NASA Johnson Space Center; Richard Jackson, retired space executive; Adam Schneider, Oliver Wyman; and Kim Tutcher, community volunteer.

Board members serve either a one, two or three-year term, which officially began Jan. 1, 2018.

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation board of directors complete list can be found here.


The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to

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