The Higher Orbits Mission
Higher Orbits is a non-profit with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight. Mankind’s journey into space serves as an ideal launchpad to excite students of all ages about STEM/STEAM and working to fulfill their dreams and ambitions while also building teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
The Higher Orbits Team
Founder & President of Higher Orbits
Michelle spent 10 years working at NASA primarily in International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control Operations Planning and as an Astronaut Instructor in the Daily Operations Group. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach. She then decided to form Higher Orbits to continue to work to inspire students about the wonders of STEM through spaceflight.
Board of Directors
Mr. Bruce Barnes is the founder of Bold Vision®, a senior consulting consortium of “C Level” e[...]
Mr. Bruce Barnes is the founder of Bold Vision®, a senior consulting consortium of “C Level” executives, focused on building an active and creative network of IT leaders devoted to sharing best practices, leveraging their strengths and perspectives, and raising the level of technical “literacy” within their own organizations.
Mr. Barnes has over forty years of experience as a senior level officer in the technology arena in multiple industry verticals, including very influential roles at the Fortune 100 level. He has received numerous industry accolades, including past recognition as one of this country’s most noted CIOs. He remains visible as a frequent and recognized voice at national industry events and in major industry publications. He continues to be an executive coach and advisor to a number of noted senior executives.
He is also the co-founder and on-going co-producer for the industry acclaimed “CIO Solutions Gallery™" series, nationally HQ’d out of The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, and also delivered through a number of other locations across the country. Mr. Barnes is also a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he now also serves on the faculty as a Senior Lecturer in its Fisher College of Business.