Our Crew

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Sharon Hagle

Astronaut, Sharon Hagle is CEO and Founder of SpaceKids Global. Sharon completed her flight on Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-20 launched on March 31, 2022 as a member of Crew 4.  Joining Sharon on the flight was her husband Marc Hagle, making them the first married couple to fly to space on a commercial vehicle.  Other crew members are Marty Allen CEO Party America, Jim Kitchen Explorer and University of North Carolina professor, Dr. George Nield, President of Commercial Space Technologies at the FAA and former manager of the Flight Integration Office for NASA's space shuttle and Gary Lai, Sr. Director Program Management at Blue Origin 

Sharon founded SpaceKids Global in March of 2015 with the mission of bringing the possibility of space to kids everywhere.  Having signed up to fly 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.

Sharon completed her astronaut training at; Zero Gravity training-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.

Prior to launching SpaceKids Global, Sharon had a decades-long career in commercial real estate as a site selector for national retail tenants in the southeastern United States. Sharon attended Morris Harvey College (now called The University of Charleston) in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Saba, The Space Dog

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. Blue Origin made him an honorary member of NS-20 with a flight suit matching Crew 4.

 

A philanthropist at heart, SpaceKids Global gave him the opportunity to focus on his charitable work where he has supported several organizations including Canine Companions, ASPCA and others.  Saba, a national speaker, has engaged with kids through Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Yuri's Night LA and SEDS.

 

He resides in Central Florida with his family. To contact Saba, email him at saba@spacekids.global

Leah Shepherd

Leah Shepherd serves as Executive Consultant 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.