Ray Castillo Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-4555) RELEASE: 98-157

September 1, 1998

LADWIG, HEFFERNAN AND GARVER NAMED TO KEY NASA ROLES NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin has named Alan Ladwig Senior Advisor to the NASA Administrator, Edward Heffernan Associate Administrator for Legislative Affairs, and Lori Garver Acting Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans. Heffernan's appointment became official on Aug. 14, 1998, Ladwig's and Garver's on Aug. 28, 1998. As Senior Advisor, Ladwig will serve as the primary catalyst for planning and communication of long-range initiatives. He also will continue to represent the Agency for media activities and public presentations and to coordinate Agency planning to commemorate NASA's 40th anniversary. "I have asked Alan to apply innovative techniques and develop new initiatives to advance America as a leader of spacefaring nations," Goldin said. "He also will focus on new methods of communication to ensure that the American taxpayers continue to have easy access to information on the outcomes and value of their investment in NASA." Ladwig has served as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy and Plans, which oversees coordination of NASA policies and long-range plans, the NASA Strategic Management System, the NASA Advisory Council, and the History Division. Prior to his current appointment at NASA, Ladwig was Senior Policy Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He first served at NASA from 1981 through 1989 in a variety of management positions. He was the Director of Special Projects for the Office of Exploration. In 1986, he served on the Administrator's Long Range Planning Task Force that produced the report LEADERSHIP AND AMERICA'S FUTURE IN SPACE . Ladwig was Manager of the Space Flight Participant Program, the Shuttle's Middeck Experiments Program, and the Shuttle Student Involvement Program. He also served as Executive Officer in the Office of Space Flight.

He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals. Ladwig served in the US Army from 1972-1974 and was stationed in Athens, Greece. He attended Southern Illinois University where he received a MS in Higher Education and a BS in Speech. He and his wife Debra reside in Falls Church, Virginia. Edward Heffernan has served as Acting Associate Administrator for Legislative Affairs since September 1997. In addition to his legislative role, he is the White House Liaison at NASA and serves as the primary coordinator of activities and management issues involving the Offices of the President and Vice President and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Heffernan has served as Senior Policy Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Policy and Plans at NASA Headquarters. He joined NASA in April 1994 as a legislative policy specialist for the Space Station Information Center. Prior to arriving at NASA, he was a consultant in Washington, DC. Heffernan was the Democratic Nominee for the Eighth Congressional District of Maryland in 1992. From 1987 to 1992, he served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Richard J. Durbin (D-IL). Heffernan earned his BA degree in English in 1986 from Tulane University. He resides in Rockville, MD. Lori Garver has served as a senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy and Plans since 1997. In this capacity, she served as the focal point for policy issues pertaining to the Commercial Guidelines section of the National Space Policy and developed a strategy to commercialize and privatize NASA functions. Garver joined NASA in 1996, serving as a Special Assistant for Communication to the NASA Administrator. Prior to joining NASA, Garver was the Executive Director of the National Space Society, serving as its primary spokesperson for nine years. She and her husband David Brandt reside in McLean, VA. -end-