Board


Jane Poynter

Chairwoman and President, Co-founder


Ms. Poynter is a Paragon co-founder. Ms. Poynter is co-designer and patent holder for Paragon’s Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system that flew on the U.S. Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Russian Mir Space Station. She served as SPACEHAB’s Chief Scientist for its Ecosystem in Space experiment on the International Space Station, and conducted three experiments with ants, bees and fish, which flew on STS-107, the Space Shuttle Columbia.

In 2009 the National Association for Female Executives awarded Ms. Poynter its Entrepreneur of the Year award. Her second book, Champions for Change: Athletes Making A World of Difference launched in November 2009 at the United Nations in New York, and is now a successful middle school science education program.

Prior to Paragon, she was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission living and working inside the three-acre materially closed ecological system which supported the life of the eight human inhabitants. Demonstrating the viability of artificial biospheres, Biosphere 2 was designed for research applicable to environmental management on Earth and the development of closed loop human life support technology for long duration space travel. Ms. Poynter was responsible for the design and operation of Biosphere 2’s half-acre farm and associated food production systems. She authored The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.


Taber MacCallum

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder


Mr. MacCallum is a Paragon co-founder. He is responsible for overseeing business development, proposals, marketing, branding, customer relations, strategic partnerships, technology development and IP. Mr. MacCallum is co-designer and patent holder for the Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system. He was also the design lead for the Jet Propulsion Lab Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module (GEM) payload, and Mars GEM payload environmental control and plant life support system. He conceived and is presently involved in the design of a novel Mars space suit portable life support system technology funded by NASA, life support and thermal control systems for commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, as well as hazardous environment life support technology for U.S. Navy divers, in which he is the test diver. In 2008, Popular Science named Mr. MacCallum Inventor of the Year.

Prior to Paragon, he was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission. Mr. MacCallum was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the atmosphere and water management systems as well as the self-contained paperless analytical laboratories for Biosphere 2 that tested air, water, soil and tissue. As a crew member he served as Safety Officer, Assistant Medical Officer and Analytical Chemist, responsible for operation of all the analytical systems and much of the medical analysis and health monitoring systems.

Mr. MacCallum has worked at every level of command on a research vessel, sailing to over 40 ports and over 30,000 miles around the world. Training in Singapore, he became certified as a Commercial Dive Master and Advanced Diving Instructor. He served as Dive Master for a project to reintroduce two captive research dolphins to the wild, underwater ship salvage operations, and deep water specimen collecting expeditions in every ocean and most of the world’s seas.


Grant Anderson, P.E.

Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Engineer, Co-founder


Mr. Anderson is a Paragon co-founder.  He has been designing power, thermal and life support systems for human rated spacecraft since 1985.  Since 1999, Mr. Anderson has lead the Thermal Control System and Environmental Control and Life Support System design for every human rated spacecraft program undertaken by Lockheed Martin.  He served as the Principal Investigator for Diver Breathing and Isolations Systems that allow U.S. Navy divers to work in contaminated water.

He was also the PI for the development of a structurally integral Crew Exploration Vehicle (which has since become known as the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) service module radiator technology, as well as single loop thermal control system fluids.  He was responsible for the cabin design and build of the first CEV mockup, now on display at Johnson Space Center; Engineering lead for experimental flight hardware on five shuttle flights, two Mir missions, a Russian Progress, and the first commercial payload on ISS; he also lead the engineering on a flight qualified Micro-gravity Cell Culture System. A founder of Paragon, Mr. Anderson has been designing power, thermal and life support systems for human rated spacecraft since 1985. He is presently the Program Manager for the Paragon Lockheed Martin Orion program. He and his team are responsible for interface control and vehicle schematics, as well as specific design responsibility for the service module radiators and overall spacecraft ECLSS tubing. Since 1999, Mr. Anderson has lead the Thermal Control System and Environmental Control and Life Support System design for every human rated spacecraft program undertaken by Lockheed Martin. He is currently the Principal Investigator for Diver Breathing and Isolations Systems that allow Navy divers to work in contaminated water. This new diving technology is currently undergoing full up dive testing. As Project Manager, he was in charge of setting up and staffing the Operations Department of Cargolifter, a large German airship development, which included crew training and simulation, cockpit design, operational scenario and mission rule development.

Previous experience includes being Chief Design Engineer for the International Space Station Solar Array Program at Lockheed Martin, the largest solar arrays ever built.  Mr. Anderson holds two degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) and Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (M.S.) and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.


Dr. Alan Stern

Management, Consulting, and Research


Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute and has his own aerospace consulting practice. In 2011, he was appointed to be the Director of the Florida Space Institute. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants.

Dr. Stern has published over 200 technical papers and 40 popular articles. He has given over 300 technical talks and over 100 popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. He has written two books, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005). Additionally, he has served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific popularizations: Our Worlds (Cambridge, 1998), Our Universe (Cambridge, 2000), and Worlds Beyond (Cambridge, 2003).

Dr. Stern is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NASA’s $720M New Horizon’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, the largest PI-led space mission ever launched by NASA. New Horizons launched in 2006. Dr. Stern is also the PI of two instruments aboard New Horizons, the Alice UV spectrometer and the Ralph Visible Imager/IR Spectrometer.

Dr. Stern has over 25 years of experience in space instrument development, with a strong concentration in ultraviolet technologies.

Dr. Stern is also the PI of the Alice UV Spectrometer for the ESA/NASA Rosetta comet orbiter, launched in 2004, and the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009. Dr. Stern’s academic research has focused on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system, and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars. He has also worked on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics, and studies of tenuous satellite atmospheres, including the atmosphere of the moon.

Dr. Stern is a fellow of the AAAS and the IAF, and a member of the AAS and the AGU; he was elected incoming chair of the Division of Planetary Sciences in 2006. He has been awarded the Von Braun Aerospace Achievement Award of the National Space Society, the 2007 University of Colorado George Norlin Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2009 St. Mark’s Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2007 he was named to the prestigious Time 100.

Dr. Stern’s personal interests include running, hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings. He and his wife Carole have two daughters and a son; they make their home near Boulder, Colorado.


Donald Tringali

Chairman of the Board for National Technical Systems, Inc.


Mr. Tringali is currently the Chairman of the Board for National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTSC), a leading technology firm that provides testing and engineering services with emphasis in the aerospace, telecommunications and defense industries. He is also a director of Caribbean Broadcast Network, a privately held international media company, as well as a principal of August Advisory Group, Inc., a business and financial advisory firm.

Mr. Tringali practiced corporate law in Los Angeles, California where he is still a member of the State Bar of California. He advised companies on a wide variety of general business matters, including mergers/acquisitions, equity and debt financings, securities laws and corporate governance, with emphasis on media, entertainment, intellectual property, and technology industries.

Mr. Tringali is a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Tringali is also the founder and Executive Director of two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to the positive development of youth through sports.


Kenneth Dorushka

Executive Consultant


Mr. Dorushka is currently a self-employed Executive Consultant providing corporate assistance with Intellectual Property, Marketing, Business Development as well as business divestiture consultation.

Mr. Dorushka’s experience includes leadership of diverse organizations of up to 3000 people, including Sales, Engineering, R&D, M&A, Legal and Operations. He was responsible for several business spin offs from AT&T and Lucent Technologies, both domestic and international.

In addition, Mr. Dorushka was instrumental in establishing several joint ventures with NV Philips in the Netherlands and Germany, Gold Star in South Korea (board member) and with Governmental partners in Spain and Taiwan (board member). His most current corporate responsibility was Sales Vice President for Agere Systems.

Mr. Dorushka has engineering degrees from The University of Illinois and IIT, as well as a business degree from Stanford and is an active member on several community boards.


Ronald K. Sable

President, Concord Solutions Ltd.


Mr. Sable is President of Concord Solutions Ltd., a business consulting practice for commercial, government, and non profit firms. He is a sought after speaker and executive coach with emphasis on leadership and integrity. A member of the board of the Carondelet Neurological Institute and the DM 50, he most recently served as a member of the board of Capitol Bancorp Ltd., the Bank of Tucson and Yuma Community Bank. As the immediate past Chairman of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, he led the transformation of the organization during the economic recession, gaining substantial revenue increase and a significant reduction in expenses, while recruiting multiple new corporate partners. He has served as a senior executive in the White House, DOD, and industry, including The Aerospace Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President Corporate Development, a member of the Executive Council, and their senior representative with Congress and the federal government. Before joining Aerospace, Ron served as Vice President Business Development for Douglas Military Aircraft Company following his service as the chief lobbyist for McDonnell Douglas Corporation. In the latter capacity, he enjoyed more success in obtaining congressional funding than any other major aerospace firm and personally led the government/industry cooperative effort to assure funding for the International Space Station. Before joining McDonnell Douglas, Mr. Sable was Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs. In that role, he was the White House liaison with the U.S. Senate on defense, foreign policy, intelligence, space and arms control issues. He served in the Air Force as a pilot (Colonel) and was an Outstanding Graduate of the Air War College. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College (B.S.), he has an M.S. from Southern Illinois University in International Relations and a Doctorate of Humane Letters (honorary) from Iowa Wesleyan. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Program in National & International Security, the Wharton School Executive Program in Finance & Accounting, the UCLA Anderson School Program in Mergers and Acquisitions, and the Capitol University School of Banking. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa Wesleyan, Mr. Sable also is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal (3 OLC), and is a certified Level III Homeland Security Expert. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the Tucson International Airport Authority, is a Life Member of the Air Force Association and the Air Commando Association, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Club, Sun Community Bancorp, Sunrise Bank of Albuquerque,  and Central Arizona Bank. A licensed commercial pilot, he has successfully led senior government and commercial negotiations in more than 30 countries. His views on subjects ranging from strategy to national security, the environment, debris in space, and the needs of our fellow man have been noted by the United Nations, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Fast Company Magazine, The Arizona Star, and on NPR. 


David W. Jourdan

Founder and President, Nauticos LLC


David W. Jourdan is the founder and president of Nauticos LLC, a company devoted to the exploration of the deep oceans. His career has been devoted to deep ocean technology, concentrating in the areas of remote sensing, underwater navigation, and renewable energy applications.

During his commission as a U.S. Navy submarine officer and as a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, he became an expert in the exploitation of undersea environmental data, specializing in information collected by U.S. Navy ocean research submersibles and associated development programs.

As leader of Nauticos for over 20 years, he has continued to support scientific, archaeological, and military programs. These include the development of oceanographic database systems for the Navy, development and use of Kalman Filter navigation analysis software for submarine inertial navigators, and support of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) test programs. More recently, he has worked on projects to develop the use of cold Deep-Ocean Water for fresh water production, cold agriculture, and other renewable energy applications.

Key Nauticos ocean exploration projects include the successful search for the I-52, a WWII Japanese submarine found in the mid Atlantic at a depth of 17,000 feet, and the discovery of the DAKAR, an Israeli submarine found in the Mediterranean at a depth of 10,000 feet. While conducting the search for the missing Israeli submarine, Nauticos discovered a 2,300-year-old Greek trading vessel between the trading centers of Rhodes and Alexandria, nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Mediterranean. Another project of note was the discovery of the KAGA, a WWII Japanese aircraft carrier sunk at the Battle of Midway, found in the Pacific at a depth of 17,500 feet.

In 1999, Mr. Jourdan was honored as Maryland’s Small Business Person of the Year and awarded Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Science and Technology. He is an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, and a member of the Sea Space Symposium. He has been active in many humanitarian programs, including Rotary International since 1994, and has traveled to Africa to support initiatives to combat AIDS and provide fresh water to rural communities.


Ines Anderson


Ms. Ines Anderson has more than 10 years of high technology marketing experience in corporate and agency settings in Silicon Valley. In her most recent corporate position, she served as a public relations manager for Filemaker (formerly Claris) Corporation. Ms. Anderson currently provides strategic marketing, planning, web content creation, public relations and fundraising support in the K-12 education market. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University.