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Welcome to the SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter (US)

Serves: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia

The SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter boasts an energetic and active chapter, with educational and networking events throughout the year. These events support our scholarship program and prize competition, which we hold in partnership with the George Washington University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland.

Panel Discussion on Workforce Diversity in the Space and Satellite Industries

In November, SSPI Mid-Atlantic sponsored another fascinating and topical panel discussion. Many of our previous panels have been about technological advancements, honest discussions of market opportunities, and legal / regulatory issues affecting space-related issues. This particular panel focused on the actual talent that makes up the space and satellite industries.

Hosted by the Satellite Industry Association, panelists and guests discussed Workforce Diversity,  how to define it, how to measure it, and how to benefit from it.



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Our Leadership

President: Billie Sims, Hunter Communications
Vice President: Charity Weeden, Lquinox Consulting LLC
Secretary:  Alena Koci, Inmarsat
Treasurers: Eileen McGowan, Intelsat; Kelly Nicklin, XTAR
Publicity/Communications Chair: Brendan Murray
Membership Chair: Fabien Armogathe, SES
Scholarship Chair: Christian Wooldridge, Satcom Direct
Programs Co-Chair: Tom Fahy, Capitol Meteorologics
Programs Co-Chair: Arnie Christianson, SES

Winter Fundraiser Chair: Diego Paldao, OneWeb
Immediate Past President:  Pat Rayermann, Semper Fortis Solutions


  • Sallye Clark, Mintz Levin
  • Dara Panahy, Milbank
  • Will Gregory, Speedcast
  • Rashid Neighbors, SES GS
  • Ed Spitler, Artel
  • Roya Shambayati, Intelsat
  • Mark Lekowski, JSAT
  • Chris Kinman, SES GS
  • Tim Deaver, SES GS

What's coming.....

Upcoming Events

Spotlight on Career Opportunities!

SSPI-MA is proud to announce it is hosting a job board! See  for the latest opportunities in the space and satellite career fields. If your company wants to list a position, reach out to us at: