Board of Directors / Leadership

Emeritus Board Members

Fred Haise
Astronaut, Retired


Jon McBride
Astronaut, Retired
V/P Education DNPR

Board of Directors

Dick Beagley
Chairman of the Board
USA, Retired

Charles Mars
Vice Chair
NASA, Retired

Bob Sieck
NASA, Retired

Nancy Evans
Marketing Director, Fairfield Inn and Suites

Reva Harris
President, Brevard Real Estate Services

Bob Herman
USA, ATK, Retired

Chuck Jeffrey
President, C&D Diversified Systems

Lee Solid
V/P GM Rockwell, Retired, Boeing Sr. Management, Retired

Robert Springer
Astronaut, Retired

Advisory Council

John H. Evans P. A.
Port Commissioner

Terry Burdine CPA
RSM McGladrey

Dr. Al Koller, Jr.
NASA Retired

Lloyd Morris
Commander, Valliant Air Command

Jeff Gray
President, Vectorworks, Inc.

Laurilee Thompson
President, Dixie Crossroads

Brenda Mulberry
President, Pike Productions/Space Shirts



Executive Director

Karan Conklin

Karan Conklin is a lifelong Titusville resident with a history of community involvement. She served as a volunteer at Jess Parrish Hospital, tutored 8th grade algebra and writing students at Jackson Middle School, and participated in the 2nd and 3rd grade reading programs at Coquina Elementary. She became a volunteer at the U. S. Space Walk of Fame in 2001 and has been employed with the museum since 2003.

Karan has been the Chairman for the Titusville Area Visitor Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, both for two consecutive terms.
She served on the Board for the Titusville Main Street Association, as a member of the Titusville Flag and Memorial Committee, on the Titusville Governmental Affairs Committee as well as serving as a member of the Titusville Merchants Association and is a member in good standing with the Titusville Toastmasters.

She has been active in the Greater Titusville Renaissance and was one of the first artists involved with the StoneFire Studio and Gallery. Karan has won “Best in Show” for her photographic trilogy and has sold her pottery at local venues. With her husband Mark, she co-owns Karan & Company LLC, a custom cabinetry manufacturing, and kitchen and bath installation company located in Titusville serving the Space Coast and Orlando areas.

Director of Marketing & Development

Tara Dixon Engel

Tara Dixon Engel is a former journalist and marketing executive who has worked extensively with non-profit organizations over the past two decades.

She is the former Director of Research and Strategic Planning for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. She also served as Vice President of the American Veterans Institute and Executive Director for the Downtown Tipp City Partnership.

As co-owner of Integrity Marketing & Communications, she provided consulting services for non-profits, developing strategic plans and fundraising strategies for such organizations as Historic WACO Airfield, the National Military History Center, the Early Ford V-8 Museum, the American Veterans Heritage Center and numerous others. She appeared on four seasons of the PBS and Discovery series Legends of Airpower, and she is the author of four commercially published books: Naked In DaNang, The Wright Brothers: First in Flight, Neil Armstrong: One Giant Leap for Mankind, and, most recently, The Handgun Guide for Women.

Tara and her husband, John Falldorf, moved to Florida in May of 2015 to “escape the Ohio winters” and to be closer to Tara’s sister, a long-time Cocoa Beach resident. She began volunteering at the Space Walk of Fame Museum in June and was hired as a director in September 2015.

Additional Management and Staff:

Executive Assistant – Eleanor Shoman

Office Coordinator – Janice Ross

Education Coordinator – Mike Lombardo

IT Manager – Bruce L. Jacobs

Collections Manager – Nick Enicks

Collections Analyst – Chuck Jeffrey

Membership Director – Gail Hannas

Marketing & Development Coordinator – Debbie Hamilton

Astronomy Coordinator – Marq Marquette

For more information call 321-264-0434 or email