David King has extensive management and leadership experience in aerospace and defense, both in government and industry. He is currently the CEO at Dynetics, Inc., and serves on several board of directors for non-profit organizations.
Diana Torres King is a Program Specialist and Protocol Officer for the aerospace industry in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2013, she has worked across the aerospace community at Redstone Arsenal to bring people and organizations together to benefit the industry. In addition, she has been the liaison to community organizations such as Leadership Huntsville and Leadership Alabama.
David has 35 years of experience in aerospace and defense systems development and operations. In 2009, he retired from NASA as the center director of the Marshall Space Flight Center. He is a former space shuttle launch director and director of shuttle processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He played key roles in more than 100 space shuttle missions during his tenure at NASA and led the Columbia recovery team following the 2003 accident. He then led the Marshall Space Flight Center team through “Return to Flight” efforts.
David is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) fellow. He has also been recognized for his leadership and technical achievements with such awards as the National Space Club Goddard Memorial Trophy, the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, both the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards as a career senior executive, and the AIAA’s Holger Toftoy Award for outstanding technical management.
David serves on the AIAA Fellows Selection Committee, the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, the Huntsville Hospital Foundation board of Trustees, and the Kairos Foundation in Florida. He is the chair of the board for the Enrichment Center, and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI). He is a former board member of Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, the Huntsville Chapter of the National space Club, and the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and served on the Alabama Workforce Council to support economic and job development in Alabama.
David is a native of Sumter, SC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Diana began her career in 1990 as a secretary and worked in the Space and Life Sciences Directorate for several years. In 1996, she became the Executive Secretary to the Director of Space and Life Sciences. In 2004, she became the Executive Officer and Protocol Officer for the Office of the Director. In that position, she was also the agency manager for Official Flight Kits for the Shuttle, handled the scheduling and maintaining of manifest, flight times, meals, and passenger lists for the Net Jets and Agency aircraft including international travel. She managed itineraries of legislative and congressional visitors, logistics for agendas and itineraries of senior officials visiting and protocol/planning Center-wide receptions and events. She also supported and maintained favorable relationships with HQ and private industry, and was the point of contact for many outside dignitaries and stakeholders. She was responsible for correspondence review and the internal processes within the Office of the Director. She hosted all center greetings and events, handled flag protocol and the planning of all ceremonial events. She handled the Columbia families and all events associated with the Columbia accident. She now identifies and develops opportunities to enhance public awareness and understanding of projects and programs, and carries those events out.
Through her years, Diana’s contributions have been recognized by being awarded the Exceptional Achievement Medal, Silver Snoopy Award, Certificate of Commendation, SFA Honoree, Marilyn J. Bockting Secretarial Award, various Going the Extra Mile awards, Performance Awards, and numerous Letters of Commendation.
Diana is a native of Alvin, Texas. She earned an associate’s degree in executive assistant (business) in 1991 from Alvin Community College.
David and Diana enjoy the beach, playing golf, traveling, flying and spending time with family and friends. They have three children and live in Huntsville. David and Diana feel led to support the mission of HEALS, and are honored to dance and raise money to help make healthcare more readily available for Huntsville’s schoolchildren.