Each summer, the TRA Board nominates its officers and directors- at-large for the coming year. These names are then submitted to the members to ratify or to nominate other candidates. Officers serve for a one-year term, while the directors-at-large are elected for a term of two years. The longer term for the latter group helps bring continuity to the management and operation of TRA. Please take the time to vote. Your votes show that you support the nominating committee and those other hardworking individuals that help keep TRA going. Go to www.tra-spacepark.org (if you’re not already registered for an on-line account, take a few minutes to register) and click on the “2022 TRA Ballot” button on the home page to vote. Or, you can vote by completing and mailing the enclosed ballot. Just follow the instructions on the ballot. Your ballot must be postmarked by November 15, 2021 to be counted. We want to thank Jim Nelson, Carol Schamp, Stephanie Sundius, and Jack Trost, who will all continue as TRA director-at-large in 2022. Here are the nominees:
President: DENA BOUSKOS: Dena retired from Aerospace Systems Sector in 2011 after almost 38 years of service. During her career in Human Resources, she held a number of senior HR positions in various organizations across the Sector. She became familiar with TRA when it reported to her for 5 years while she was the Director of Compensation, Benefits and HRIS. Dena served as TRA president for the 2015/2016 term and as past president for the 2017/2018 term. In addition, she has been handling office administration/ management for TRA since 2015. When not working on TRA, Dena spends her time catching up with friends and family, traveling and trying to keep up with the ‘never ending’ projects around the house.
Vice President: MARY ANN CHORY: Mary Ann retired from Northrop Grumman in 2013 with 33 years of service. She joined TRW in 1981 after working three years at TASC. Mary Ann received an M.A. from University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Teaching from University of Chicago and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (all in mathematics.) She worked the majority of Northrop Grumman’s space programs in all phases of development. Her assignments ranged across many disciplines: systems engineering, control systems, and hardware development. These included director-level positions in program, functional and technology development. Mary Ann is the current TRA president and was previously TRA secretary and director-at-large.
Treasurer: JOYCE KOMATSU: Joyce retired from Aerospace Systems in 2016 after almost 38 years of service. During her career in the business family, she worked a variety of assignments including project cost control and discretionary resources budgeting. She received a B.A. in Classical Languages and an M.B.A. from Cal State University Long Beach. She thoroughly enjoys retirement. She has lots of hobbies including cooking, baking, reading, sewing women’s apparel, and volunteers in several organizations to feed vulnerable people. She is currently a TRA director-at-large and TRA membership coordinator.
Secretary: PAM OVERTON: Pam joined TRW in 1966 and retired in 2013 after 47 years with TRW/Northrop Grumman. She served in a number of clerical positions and in 1986 moved to Proposal Operations. In her position as a proposal production coordinator and technical editor she supported a wide variety of proposals. During her career she served on the TRW Employee’s Association Board for over 20 years and was an active member of the Travel Club. As a travel coordinator, she escorted groups on trips to Mexico, Europe, Hawaii, the mainland U.S. and the Orient. She is a quilter and is a member and active board member of the South Bay Quilters Guild, Santa Monica Quilt Guild, and Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds. In her spare time she and her business partner, Lynn Crawford, plan and lead tours for their business, the Traveling Quilters. Pam is the current TRA secretary. She is also responsible for the In Memoriam and Mail Pouch columns in the newsletter. Over the last 18 months she has helped facilitate the Zoom board meetings and special events for TRA.
Director at Large: CHARLES CLENDENING: Charles retired in 2012 after 35+ years at Northrop Grumman. He joined the TRW ATD Engineering Sciences Laboratory after a short Air Force tour. Charles received a B.S. degree from Case Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics at Cornell University. He supported a number of diverse programs primarily in laser-related areas. His final assignment was as a Technical Fellow and the Chief Scientist on the ABL Program. Charles is the current TRA treasurer.
Director at Large: BOB DOLL: Bob spent most of his 30 years at TRW/NGC in the Ground Systems Department of the Hardness and Survivability Laboratory. He supported cryocooler flight vibration testing and dynamic loads analysis for Titan IV and Delta IV boost vehicles for Launch Systems Integration. He obtained his B.S. Mechanical Engineering from CSULA, M.S. Mechanical Engineering from USC, and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He retired in 2004. Bob is a past treasurer and past president of TRA.
Director at Large: MARCY MORRISON: Marcy retired in 1998 (kind of), but worked as editor/coordinator on proposals for 10 more years. She is Chairman of the activities committee for TRA, helping to make the Holiday party, Spring Fling, and Summer Reunion enjoyable gatherings for our retirees. She also helped form the fund raising arm of 1736 House. She was 1 of 5 winners for Woman of the Year award. She is active in garden club, square dancing, traveling, hiking, and plays. Marcy was previously TRA director-at-large
Director at Large: MICHAEL NARIGON: Michael retired from Aerospace Systems in 2014 after almost 30 years with TRW/ NGC. He started in the Controls Engineering Department in Building 82. He took a stint at a small start up in Washington state to commercialize laser communications in 2000. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He is currently the editor of the No Name Gazette and was previously TRA vice-president, secretary, and director-at-large.
Director at Large: STEVE SMITH: Steve spent a total of 15 years at TRW/NGC (1985-88; 1995-2007) before retiring. He was a Ground Segment Systems Engineer on several restricted programs. Steve has a B.A. in Math from University of Richmond, and post-graduate studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and UCLA with focus on astronautical engineering. He is currently the webmaster for the TRA website. Steve is a longtime active volunteer for AFS international programs for high school students and has hosted 16 students from 12 different countries over the years.