Former Launch Director Adrian Laffitte Prepares To Dance At 4th Annual ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’
By Space Coast Daily // May 28, 2018
conducted 30 straight successful launches, worked at Lockheed Martin for 31 years
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With less than a week remaining, dancers in the 2018 “Dancing for the Space Coast” are fine-tuning their final dance routines ahead Brevard County’s biggest charity event set for Saturday, June 2, at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center.
With a sold-out crowd ready to pack inside the Clemente Center, one of the dancers in this year’s event is former Launch Director Adrian Laffitte.
Adrian worked at Lockheed Martin for 31 years. He started his career at VAFB in 1981, working on the Space Shuttle Program and the Titan IV program. He transferred to Florida as part of the new Launch Operations organization as the Director of the Engineering & Support Service department. He was named Director of Atlas Launch Operations where he was responsible for the processing and launching of the Atlas II, Atlas III & Atlas V vehicles at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS).
As a Launch Director he conducted 30 successful consecutive launches. He was also was responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with state and local government officials in support of LMSSC program
He also served after his retirement as the Executive Director for the Kennedy Space Center Educational Foundation from May 2015-2017, where he was responsible for establishing and facilitating programs to educate students and educators in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
His awards include the Commitment to Excellence Award in 1985, Technical Achievement Awards in 1988 & 1994, and Mentor Award in 1996, and the 2001 “J.Tal Webb” Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the 2002 Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurel Award, the 2003 National Space Club Debus Award, 2007 Lockheed Martin NOVA award, 2010 Golden Eagle Award, 2010 The Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity, 2012 most admire Business Leader in Brevard County, 2016 Brevard County “Citizen of the Year” and 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Award.
He served as Board Chair for United Way of Brevard, Board of Governor for United Way of Florida and was 2012 United Way Campaign Chair for Brevard County, Prior Brevard Community College Foundation Board of Governor (2009 Chair) and Executive Committee, Florida National Space Club (2005/2006 Chairman), The Astronaut Memorial Foundation Board of Trustee, Brevard Library Foundation (2007 Chair), Webster University Space Coast Advisory Board, Space Tec Partners Inc. (Vice Chair) l, Merritt Island High School DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology Board (Chair), Kennedy Space Center Educational Foundation (Treasurer), member of the Board of Reference for Brevard Schools and Member of Congressman Posey Space Advisory Council. He served as the 2005 Chair for Florida Space Day in Tallahassee. Chair for the Brevard Save Our Student 2014 Campaign.
Adrian Laffitte’s Instructor: Kristen Johnson
Kristan Johnson started ballroom dancing as a hobby in October of 2003 to honor of her late father. He became a ballroom dance teacher to impress her mother and it worked.
Kristen danced with several teachers and studios in the area, and in doing so met Barry Johnson who became her dance teacher. She excelled in everything she did and eventually began to compete with her teacher who, coincidentally, became her husband in October of 2006. Over the next 9 years Kristan accumulated awards for her dancing. They included Top Gold Female awards, Top Gold Solos, Top Overall Female Awards, several Scholarships and an American Smooth Championship in 2015.
She then decided to take the next step and become a professional ballroom dancer. She is building up her clientele and has spearheaded our youth program with amazing success with her students already winning Top Youth awards at their first two competitions.
She believes very much in making her students feel welcome, and will definitely get results.
Last year, more than 700 attendees gathered at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center for the third annual Dancing for the Space Coast. Over $250,000 was raised for local nonprofit organizations.
ABOVE MAP: Florida Tech’s Clemente Center is located at 3011 Panther Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.
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