February 7, 2022

Higher Orbits Announces New 2022 Board of Directors

Higher Orbits Announces New 2022 Board of Directors

Higher Orbits
Whitney Zatzkin

Higher Orbits is pleased to announce the election of its newest members to the Higher Orbits Board of Directors, Gilbert S. “Waco” Griffin, Kim DeSpain, Nicole Stott (Astronaut, retired), and Victoria Mechtley. They join previously elected members Casey Kelby, Francis French, Jason Hopkins, Natalie Christian, Esq., Paul Colosky, Tara Sweeney, and Tom Stugmyer.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Gil, Kim, Nicole, and Victoria,” said Michelle Lucas, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors at Higher Orbits. “We have an incredible agenda of connection and exploration in 2022 and our leadership defines our next chapter.”

To-date, Higher Orbits has hosted more than 50 events involving 1,800 secondary school students in just five years. Thirteen student-led research studies from Higher Orbits have already been conducted in space, including 12 aboard the International Space Station. Higher Orbits has presented its work and research at multiple academic and professional association meetings, even serving as the United States research representatives to the International Science School in Sydney, Australia. 

Higher Orbits continues its commitment to its flagship Go For Launch! program with events planned in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah with more 2022 locations to be announced in Spring. With support from Club for the Future, Higher Orbits announced the inaugural Your Future Flies with Us! challenge, inviting interested communities, town mayors, parents, and leaders to bring a funded Go For Launch! Event to their town.

“Higher Orbits brings life-changing experiences to thousands of students,” said Michelle Lucas. “Our work is not done. Higher Orbits has an inspiring road ahead and we invite you to fund our student-led research and inspire the world.”

About Higher Orbits

Founded in 2015, Higher Orbits is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization creating an experiential learning lab for secondary school students across the United States, focused on the multi-faceted worlds of space exploration, research, and spaceflight in order to launch the next generation workforce our world desires. 


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