Jeff Carr is the president of Griffin Communications Group. He leads the agency’s day-to-day operations in support of all client accounts, including strategic planning, client and team counsel, and campaign execution. He joined the firm in 2010 to lead the development of an international aerospace practice, overseeing the planning and execution of strategic communications programs and projects for clients such as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Orbital ATK, Inspiration Mars Foundation, the Coalition for Space Exploration, and other key industry accounts.
Jeff has more than 33 years of government and corporate communications, and public relations experience, 22 of which were spent serving in key management roles, overseeing a wide spectrum of strategic communications resources and programs.
He served 13 years at United Space Alliance (USA) as director of communications and public relations. As a primary spokesperson for USA, Jeff managed all aspects of its strategic communications, including media, community, and government relations; marketing communications; and advertising. During his NASA career, Jeff worked as director of public affairs and as news chief at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. As a special assistant to the NASA Administrator, he provided critical transition support during the early months of the Clinton Administration. He also served a press liaison for the Astronaut Corps, and as the “Voice of Mission Control” for more than 40 Space Shuttle missions.
David Waters is an award-winning freelance producer, videographer, and editor based in Florida. David has more than 20 years of experience reporting, producing, shooting, and editing stories for national television clients, including CNN, PBS, Science Channel, NBC, CBS, and BBC. He has served numerous national corporate clients such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. David worked as a national Space Shuttle spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center, and as the County Emergency Management spokesperson for hurricanes and other emergencies in Florida. He used his expertise in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti to establish emergency communications used by United States and British aid groups, and military personnel.
David’s versatility in photography and video production stem from his many years as an senior television reporter in Orlando, where he produced daily stories for the station and several stories weekly for a 24 hour local news channel and CNN.
David has been honored by the International Ava Awards, which recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals in videography and film editing. He has a B.A. in Motion Picture Technology from the University of Central Florida, a nationally recognized film school.
Kim Nahas has nearly 25 years of experience in public affairs and media relations, executive and corporate communications programs and planning, and strategic crisis communications. In addition, she has extensive experience in broadcast production services, marketing, and stakeholder communications as well as executive media training and community relations.
Kim currently serves a senior publicist for NASA’s Astronaut Appearances Office. She develops and delivers comprehensive communications strategies, public appearance plans, and messaging campaigns to support NASA’s astronauts. She previously worked as the senior communications manager for CVR Energy, where she developed and executed the strategic communications plans for the largest business upgrade in company history. She provided internal and external communications support following a refinery explosion in 2012.
Wendy A. Owen
Wendy Owen has an impressive communications career spanning more than 30 years. She began her career on the agency side working in public relations, advertising, and branding. Eventually she made the move to corporate communications where she worked for both Fortune 50 companies and privately held enterprises. Wendy’s areas of expertise include media relations, internal communications, crisis management, advertising, branding, marketing and community outreach among others.
Mengo Carr brings more than 30 years of experience coordinating executive-level and major program management processes for a complex engineering and operations organization. She has extensive experience in news operations, and corporate and government public affairs. Mengo has been on the front line of major media campaigns, events, and crises at the heart of the American space program.
Mengo currently works for The Boeing Company’s Space Exploration Leadership Team in Houston, TX and Huntsville, AL in logistics management for the Space Launch System program. Her experience includes leading key executive projects, and notably led the development and execution of the winning application for the 2006 Malcom Baldridge Award for Business and Performance Excellence for the Space Exploration Division.
In her previous position with United Space Alliance, Mengo led all administrative planning and implementation for the Space Shuttle Upgrades Program, supporting a national government/industry initiative to extend the life and improve the safety of the Space Shuttle.
She also worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, leading the administrative support team for the Office of Public Affairs. She served on the front line of the NASA Newsroom during dozens of Space Shuttle missions, coordinating the dissemination of news, information, and imagery. Mengo was a trusted member of the astronaut support team overseeing training and pre-launch activities at the Kennedy Space Center’s private crew quarters.