ABOUT US

Our Mission

The Keystone Space Collaborative is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support and serve the Tri-State Region’s (PA, WV, OH) growing space industry , and to attract and expand the next generation of space industry businesses and talent in the region.

We are the voice of the Tri-State Region’s space industry and community.

Values & Operating Principles

Advocacy
  • Serve as the region’s brand for space-related activities
  • Accelerate and amplify the space-related activities and strengths of the region to key external industry stakeholders (such as NASA, DOD and the global space ecosystem)
Industry
  • Create and draw space-related business and funding opportunities to the region
  • Support space entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging technologies across the region
Research and Development
  • Map Space Relevant R&D Activities across the region
  • Develop opportunities for space education and innovation at regional schools and universities
Workforce Development
  • Develop and keep high-level talent within the region by creating access to space-related job opportunities, and support overall space-related job growth in the region

Leadership of the Keystone Space Collaborative is the responsibility of a Program Director that oversees day-to-day operations and growth initiatives of the KSC, and a Board of Directors, which is a volunteer working group of the founding members of the organization.

Zoë Karabinus

Zoë Karabinus

Program Director

Zoë Karabinus is an Ohio State University alumnus with dual bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Aviation from the College of Engineering. She specializes in strategic planning and program management and development. In college, she served on the executive team of multiple organizations including the Ohio State Aerospace Honorary Society (ΣΓΤ) and the Ohio Air Mobility Symposium. Her experiences have allowed her with a diversified portfolio spanning both the Aerospace and Aviation industries.

Justine Kasznica, Board Chair, FOUNDER

Justine Kasznica, Board Chair, FOUNDER

Shareholder, Babst Calland

Technology & space attorney; outside general counsel to Astrobotic and other space companies; Driver of regional space & technology initiatives.

Priscilla Beal, Board Vice Chair, FOUNDER

Priscilla Beal, Board Vice Chair, FOUNDER

Priscilla Beal catalyzes internal and external innovation ecosystems to identify human need through empathy, partnerships and collaboration. Leveraging her liberal arts degrees in History (BA, UCSB) and Art History (MA, American University in London), Priscilla drives out-of-the box thinking and solutions to traditional industry channels. Her passion for space and its terrestrial potential began during her time at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and has carried through all her roles, most recently as the catalyst for Bayer’s first ISS project. 

 Bernie McShea, Board Treasurer, FOUNDER

Bernie McShea, Board Treasurer, FOUNDER

MANAGING PRINCIPLE, THE McSHEA GROUP LLC

Served for decade as business executive with Space Florida. Brings critical space business and economic development expertise.

Jonathan Volk, Board Member, FOUNDER

Jonathan Volk, Board Member, FOUNDER

Jonathan Volk, Ph.D., is in charge of developing and managing manufacturing and advanced materials programs and initiatives for Sierra Space.  He has significant experience in innovation programs, project design & management, ecosystem development, and business strategy.

 John Horack, Board Member

John Horack, Board Member

John M. Horack, Ph.D., is the inaugural holder of the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy
at The Ohio State University, with tenured, full-professor appointments in the College of
Engineering’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and the John Glenn College of
Public Affairs. A veteran of the spaceflight industry for more than thirty-five years, Dr. Horack
is a globally-recognized leader in space-based research, flight hardware development, program
management, and space policy.

Bryan Muzyka, Board Member

Bryan Muzyka, Board Member

Currently leading a highly engaged and effective sales and marketing team focused on collaboration with customers, engineers and representatives to solve some of the most challenging thermal challenges in various high technology industries.