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03-063
For Release: October 7, 2003

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
216-433-5795
sallie.keith@nasa.gov

Charleston Wins 2003 Northeast Ohio Athena Award

Jo Ann Charleston, Chief, Educational Programs Office, NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, was recently awarded the 2003 ATHENA Award by Inside Business magazine.

Northeast Ohio's Inside Business has honored businesswomen in Cleveland and Akron with its Businesswoman of the Year award since 1999. This year marks the beginning of their partnership with the ATHENA Foundation. The ATHENA Award programs recognize individuals on the local, national and international level. Recipients are selected for their professional excellence, community service and for their assistance in helping women to attain their full leadership potential.

"Ms. Charleston was born to serve," said John Hairston, Director of Glenn's External Programs Directorate. "She is focused on a goal to provide guidance, mentoring, managing and mothering for our next generation of explorers. She is an exemplary human being."

In her present position, Charleston oversees programs aimed at capturing student interest in math and science and manages the Glenn Summer Internship Program and Summer High School Apprentice Research Program. She directs a staff of 27 professional and administrative personnel. Her office's programs reach over 60,000 students and 20,000 educators in a six state area annually.

Charleston earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Cum Laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. She also earned a Certificate from the Simmons Graduate School of Management, Boston, Mass. Charleston has completed graduate studies at Cleveland State University in the MBA Program and at the University of Toledo in Engineering Science. She also holds a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.

Prior to her current assignment, Charleston was a chemical engineer in the Electrochemistry Branch of the Power Technology Division. During that time she received a U.S. Patent for the "Development of Chromium Electrode Catalyst for Redox Flow Batteries."

Charleston is a member of the National Technical Association; Lorain Chapter of the Negro Business and Professional Women; Ohio Academy of Science; Ohio Math and Science Collaborative; the National Association for Minority Engineering Program Administrators and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

In October 1997, Charleston established New Birth Church a non-denominational church in Lorain, Ohio. She is one of the founding members of Women in Covenant, whose mission is to provide support and guidance to women in leadership positions.

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