OUR CREW ...
Sharon Hagle, CEO, founded SpaceKids Global in March of 2015. Having purchased a ticket with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in 2007, she wants students to get excited about their futures in space exploration and technology. She is sharing her journey to space and showing kids that anything is possible with determination and hard work. The Hagle Foundation supports Educational scholarships in the STEAM fields.
Hagle is a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut and has completed her Zero Gravity training at Kennedy Space Center, the centrifuge training at NASTAR in Philadelphia (where NASA trains their Astronauts) and the Russian Cosmonaut Space Training Program in Star City, Russia. Her goal is to launch with all three private companies; Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.
On May 5, 2021, she officially registered with Blue Origin completing a wish to launch to space a second time.
Saba, a Pomeranian, comes from a family of entertainers. His father's career began early on in a photo shoot with the Backstreet Boys and several episodes of Life Styles of the Rich and Furry. Saba's career began with SpaceKids Global where he was able to combine his love of kids, education and space. A philanthropist at heart, SpaceKids Global gave him the opportunity to focus on his charitable works where he has supported several organizations including Canine Companions, ASPCA and others. Saba, a national speaker, engages with kids through Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Yuri's Night LA and SEDS.
He resides in Central Florida with his family.
SABA, THE SPACE DOG
Leah Shepherd serves as Executive Director for SpaceKids Global, overseeing the foundation’s day-to-day operations, strategic business plan and major donor relationships.
Leah launched the onePULSE Foundation and was a key architect in the exponential growth and successful milestones of the start-up organization. She also served as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and was part of the venue’s grand opening team in 2014. Her career also includes extensive revenue growth experience with business development roles at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Orlando Magic. She launched her career in the hospitality industry, spending five years with Marriott Hotels, where she was honored as Director of Sales of the Year.
A graduate of Florida State University, Shepherd is a lifelong resident of Central Florida. She currently serves as board secretary of POLIS Institute, and is Vice-Chair of the City of Orlando’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.