What is a typical day like for you?
Karen smiled and said that there is no typical day; it depends on who comes into the front office. In the one-and-one-half years that she’s been in this position, she’s learned that multitasking is key to keeping things running smoothly. Karen’s daily tasks range from ordering toner for all the printers in the building, to scheduling the division’s scientists for national and international conferences and preparing their travel orders, to processing requests for NASA security badges.
“I love interacting with all of our employees who come here from all corners of the world. To me, no task is too small. I’m here to help any way I can.”
How important is teamwork and collaboration in your job?
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Karen Catucci with Miho Hasegawa in the NASA Postdoctoral Program from Japan. Credit: NASA/W. Hrybyk
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Karen and her four legged companion Layna, the family's Golden Retriever who passed away in July 2011. Credit: Leona Collins
Is there something surprising about you that not many people know?
“Most people don’t know that I had a career before this job. I worked in management at Verizon for 30 years. It was very stressful. I didn’t realize just how stressful it was until I retired.”
Karen also practices yoga and Pilates. She started yoga the day after she retired and has enjoyed doing both ever since.
If you could meet someone, living or dead, what would you ask them?
“I always wanted to meet my mother-in-law and my father-in-law. They were a devoted couple who together raised 11 children. They passed away before I even met my husband. Just to talk with them and hear all their life lessons. They must have been very special people.”