Linny Dyson - Caring For People At Work and Home
From church mission trips to personnel actions, Administrative Officer Linny Dyson takes care of her people.
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Organization She Works For:
Code 100.1, Business Management office, Office of the Director
What do you do and what is most interesting about your role here at Goddard? How do you help support Goddard’s mission?
I take care of my people. I process personnel actions, training, moves, and appraisals–just about anything that has to do with people. I put out “people fires.” I’m the go-to person. If I cannot help you, I know who can help you. After twenty years here, I am connected to a lot of people.
Right now, I have an office with a beautiful view of the Goddard Mall. Over the years, I have sat on almost every floor in this building.
What makes Goddard a great place to work?
I have been very blessed to have worked both for and with some great people. They listen, they are proactive, they help advance my career, and they all understand how important my family is to me.
Linny Dyson in her office. Credit: NASA
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How do you maintain your sunny attitude?
I always feel so lucky and blessed to have a job here. I like what I do; I have always liked my job. Even if it is a bad day, I know that someone else has it way worse. That’s just how I look at life.
What was the best thing that ever happened to you at Goddard?
In 1991, I sent out a million job applications, which used to be called “171s.” I was working at a cable company. Then I got a call from Goddard asking if I was still interested in a job. So I became a GS-4 Branch Secretary.
What was the coolest thing that happened to you here?
When I got here I did not have any specific career goals. In 2003, I was selected as the secretary for the Center Director, who was then Al Diaz. To go from a branch secretary to the Center Director’s secretary was a big accomplishment for me, one I never dreamed about doing. I think this happened because my parents told me that I could do anything as long as I really tried and worked hard. They raised me to be confident and persistent. It’s a curse because I really do feel that I can do anything if I work long and hard enough. Just keep on trying and eventually you will succeed.
Years later, although Al and Angela Diaz were already in California by the time of my wedding, they flew back to attend. We still keep in touch.
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Linny helping in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Courtesy: L. Dyson
Is there something surprising about you, your hobbies, interests, activities outside of work that people do not generally know?
In August 2001, my sister and I went on a week-long church mission trip to New Orleans. We rebuilt a home that had been destroyed by Katrina. Because I am so detail-oriented, I was recruited to patch all the corners. I was then asked to lead our church’s mission trip back to New Orleans this coming May.
Another surprising thing is that I was a Redskinette from 1991–1992. But that is another story.
Do you have a favorite way, or place, to kick back, relax, or have fun?
People call my family “The Griswold’s” because everything we do is with everybody. This includes my mother, my sister and brother, my six spoiled nieces, my gram, and too many aunts, uncles, and cousins to count. My husband is a given. Tonight three of my nieces are coming for a slumber party and game night.
Is there someplace in the world that you want to visit or someplace you have been and want to go back?
I have never been, but I want to go to Bora Bora and stay in a hut built on stilts over the ocean. I’d love to go for our tenth wedding anniversary.
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