Team Member Category: Leadership

David Thompson

Gen (ret). DT Thompson is a Senior Principal Advisor for Elara Nova. With more than 38 years of experience serving the Air Force and Space Force, he brings experience in multiple domains of the space industry. Prior to his retirement in 2024, General (Ret.) Thompson served over 38 years in the Air and Space Forces… Read more »

Lester Lyles

Lester Lyles is a Senior Principal Advisor for Elara Nova. He brings over 50 years of military and civilian expertise in tactical aircraft, space-launch, and missile defense systems to the team. During his distinguished military career, General Lyles (Ret.) served for over 35 years in several prominent positions that included Commander of Ogden Air Logistics… Read more »

Roger Teague

Roger Teague is a Founding Partner of Elara Nova. He is a widely recognized senior space executive and retired U.S. Air Force Major General who has built and led high performing teams to great success in multi-scale organizations across the public and private sector. He has led strategy, growth, and operations as President, Space and… Read more »

Eddie Papczun

Eddie Papczun is a Founding Partner of Elara Nova responsible for driving business development and providing solutions for global clients capitalizing on his extensive experience in the Space sector, supporting both private and military organizations. Papczun is a successful entrepreneur and executive leader with a wealth of expertise in support of national security space imperatives…. Read more »

Mike Dickey

Mike Dickey is a Founding Partner of Elara Nova. Dickey is a career aerospace executive focusing on national security and U.S. space competitiveness for the 21st century. Mike’s experience includes both serving as an Air Force officer, as well as a civilian senior executive level during the stand-up of the United States Space Force. He… Read more »

Kim Crider

Kim Crider is a Founding Partner of Elara Nova. She brings more than 35 years of experience managing multibillion-dollar global operations and technology programs in space, aerospace, cybersecurity, IT, data, and AI to the core team. A recently retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) Major General, Crider was the first Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for… Read more »

John Hyten

John Hyten is a Senior Principal Advisor for Elara Nova. He brings more than 40 years of experience in space and missile operations to the core team. Before retiring from the U.S. Air Force (USAF), General Hyten’s honorable military career concluded with his service as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this… Read more »