|Ann D. Montgomery was the Deputy Director of Safety, Health and Independent Assessment at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). In this position she took a leadership role in assuring the safety and health conscience of KSC by assuring the implementation of the Agency’s safety initiatives and programs, and by leading the Agency Occupational Health Program. She enabled the Center’s programs and projects by improving and enhancing Center processes, providing independent assessments of the processes, and consulting in the development of processes and methods.
From January 1999 to May 2000, she was the Deputy Director of Safety and Mission Assurance. In this position she was responsible for the safety and quality of Shuttle, Space Station, Payloads, Expendable Launch Vehicle, and institution. Prior to this, she served as Director, Quality Assurance, from August 1998 to December 1998. From 1989 to 1998, she served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of Logistics.
From 1986 until October 1989, Montgomery was assigned as the Space Transportation System (STS) Flow Director for the Orbiter Vehicle (OV) Columbia (OV-102), responsible for the management of all activities, government and contractor, associated with processing Columbia for each assigned mission. Montgomery was the first woman assigned as a Flow Director at KSC.
Montgomery graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Engineering and joined NASA in 1968. She worked as a lead crew systems engineer on the Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz Test Programs. She participated in the design phases of both the Shuttle and the Spacelab. In 1979, Montgomery became site manager of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). In this position, she participated in the activation of the first OPF high bay, processing of the United States’ first space shuttle (STS-1), the design of a new tile facility, in the activation of the second OPF high bay and the design of a third, and the modification of the OPF to support operational orbiters.
Montgomery was active on the Labor/Management Partnership Council, represented KSC in alternate dispute resolution, and was Chair of the Deputy Directors’ Awards Committee.
Montgomery and her husband, Brian, have two grown children, Keith and Sally. They live in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida. She retired in February 2002.