Laura Shepard Churchley
Laura Shepard Churchley is active in the space and astronaut community. She is currently the Chair of the Astronauts Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees at Kennedy Space Center. Laura meets with present and past scholars at their annual meeting, some of whom have entered the military, to encourage them to participate in pursuing careers in space travel.
As the daughter of Alan B. Shepard, the first American in space, Laura Churchley makes presentations to middle schools students, donning her father’s flight suit and showing artifacts that have traveled to the moon and back.
Mrs. Churchley is an honorary consultant to the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and is a lifetime member of the Society of Sponsors for the U. S. Navy. She is a retail business owner, serves on several local committees in her hometown and is active in a variety of national organizations.