For release: 09/05/02
Release #: 02-215
Marshall Center employees honored during Women's Equality Day celebration
Five outstanding NASA employees have been recognized for exceptional job performance during the annual Women's Equality Day celebration at the Marshall Center. Honored were Lorna Jackson, an electrical engineer and aerospace technologist; Inge Kuberg, an industrial property management specialist; Dawn Christian, an executive support assistant; and Tammy Simmons, a legal support assistant. Dr. Amanda Goodson, director of Safety and Mission Assurance at Marshall, was named Federal Women's Program Supervisor of the Year.
Five outstanding NASA employees were recognized for exceptional job performance during the annual Women’s Equality Day celebration at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., August 26.
Recognized for their hard work and dedication were Lorna Jackson, an electrical engineer and aerospace technologist; Inge Kuberg, an industrial property management specialist; Dawn Christian, an executive support assistant; and Tammy Simmons, a legal support assistant. Dr. Amanda Goodson, director of Safety and Mission Assurance at the Marshall Center was named Federal Women’s Program Supervisor of the Year.
The honors were presented during an awards ceremony at the Sparkman Center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
Nominations for Women’s Equality Day awards are made by Marshall Center employees and are based on traits that demonstrate professional excellence, including job performance, leadership, mentoring and self-development.
“Celebrating Women's Equality Day helps focus attention on both the historic and contemporary contributions of women at the Marshall Center,” said Billie Swinford, Marshall’s Federal Women’s Program manager. “And this year’s winners set a wonderful example of what women can accomplish.”
In addition to accepting her award, Goodson provided the keynote address at the awards ceremony. Known for her motivational speaking style, Goodson began her NASA career in 1983 as an intern in Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Office. A 1983 graduate of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Goodson also holds a 1992 master’s degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and a 2001 doctor of ministry from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn. Goodson also completed NASA’s Senior Executive Service Center Development Program an elite corps of men and women who administer public programs at top levels of federal government. Currently, she oversees safety and quality activities on all Marshall Center programs.
Lorna Jackson, a Marshall Center employee since 1986, graduated in 1979 from the Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Ga., with an associate of arts degree and from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1982 with a degree in electrical engineering. Currently, she is the avionics lead subsystem engineer for the Space Launch Initiative, the NASA-wide research and development program designed to improve safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of space travel for second-generation reusable launch vehicles. The program is managed by the Marshall Center.
Inge Kuberg began her career at Marshall as a typist in the Propulsion Laboratory in 1968. She attended the University of North Alabama in Florence and Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., pursuing a business administration degree. She now serves as a supply team member in the property management group and was instrumental in recent updates that now allow services and supplies for all Marshall employees to be ordered online.
Dawn Christian has been with the Marshall Center since 1984 and is pursuing a business management degree at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala. She serves as an executive support assistant and mentor in the Science Directorate, organizing and conducting meetings for other support personnel.
Tammy Key Simmons began her NASA career as a co-op student in 1989 and earned a 1990 associate degree in secretarial science from Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala. Now a legal support assistant in the Office of Chief Counsel, Simmons provides documentation support to the Center’s staff attorneys and trains other support personnel.
Since 1971, Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated nationally to mark the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Every year, the Marshall Center commemorates Women’s Equality Day with a local awards ceremony.
The Marshall Center is carrying out its vision of being the world leader in space transportation systems. With its rich history spanning more than four decades, Marshall remains one of NASA’s largest field centers, occupying over 1,800 acres and employing more than 2,700 civil servants. More than 23,000 contractor personnel are engaged in work for the Center, which has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion.
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