Headquartered on Florida’s Space Coast, the National Space Club Florida Committee (NSCFL) is a non-profit corporation composed of passionate individuals representing industry, government, the Department of Defense, regional educational institutions, and the public. These individuals share the same mission; increase public awareness of America’s aerospace programs.

With goals to promote awareness of the space program, sponsor educational initiatives, and recognize achievements by those inspiring individuals who have made impactful contributions to the space program in Florida, the NSCFL welcomes all of those who have a passion for the aerospace industry.

We work towards our goals by hosting a number of events each year that include topical luncheons, networking socials, Celebrate Space (a major evening event each October), and our annual signature event in April; the black-tie Kurt Debus Award Dinner.

The NSCFL is one of two regional committees of the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington D.C. with the other located in Huntsville, AL.

The NSCFL shares the same objectives that have guided the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington, D.C. since it was formed in 1958:

  • Promote America’s space leadership through conferences and other literary and educational means.
  • Stimulate the advancement of civilian and military applications of rocketry and astronautics and related technologies for the benefit of all mankind.
  • Bring together persons from the federal government, industry, educational institutions, the press and other walks of life for the exchange of information on rocketry and astronautics, and through them to inform the public at large.
  • Provide suitable recognition and do honor to organizations and individuals who have contributed to the advancement of rocketry and astronautics.

NSCFL Leadership

The NSCFL is managed by a Board of Directors made up of key leaders representing the Florida space community. Board members are elected by the membership to four-year terms, while the executive officers serve one-year terms. These elections take place at our Annual Meeting during the September luncheon, and all terms officially begin Oct. 1.

2022 Roster of Officers and Board Members:

Tara Miller

Vice Chairperson
Therrin Protze

Jim Niemes

Tina Leighty

Thad Altman

Jim Banke

Kevin Brown

Pat Carr

Larry Clark

Karan Conklin

Eddie Ellegood

Gabrielle Gardiner

Butch Gardner

Steve Griffin

Clinton Hatcher

George Hauer

Scott Henderson

Gordy Houser

Dick Jolley

Tom Keller

Dale Ketcham

Les Lake

Jim McCarthy

Jerry Moyer

Tom Niemeyer

Mark Patton

Clinton Plaisted

Lee Pollard

Rich Pruss

Dave Rueh

Rob Salonen

Patty Stratton

Don White


Suzy Cunningham/NASA

Jerry Porter/AF

Emeritus Board Members

Dick Beagley

Ernie Briel

Larry Clark

Jerry Jamison

Jim Kennedy

Adrian Laffitte

Dick Lyon

Joanne Morgan

Bob Sieck

Lee Solid

Roy Tharpe

Honorary Board Members

Patrick Gavin