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Sarah DiMarco Finds Goddard a Friendly Place to Work
11.02.11
 
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Life suddenly changed in one day for new employee Sarah DiMarco when her best friend Eileen Barnes told her about a job opening here.


Name: Sarah DiMarco
Title: Project Support Specialist
Organization She Works For: Code 427, Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), Earth Science Project Division

What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?


I interact with many people every day. Whenever someone needs something, I am always available. I handle travel for the project. I set up meetings, respond to emails, and just support whatever is needed. I have to multitask constantly between what I need to get done at my desk and serving the needs of whoever is coming to me.

I work in an open suite area next to the Project Manager. I don’t use any cool tools like some of the scientists and engineers, but I wish I did!

I need to communicate and collaborate well with my many managers. This avoids any misunderstandings and what needs to be done is made clear. It helps me be more efficient in my job.

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Photo of Sarah DiMarco. Credit: NASA

Why did you come to work at Goddard?

I started working here on January 26, 2011, so I have only been here about six months. I was a full-time senior in college and was looking for a job. Out of the blue, Eileen Barnes, my best friend since middle school, called about a job opening here at Goddard. The synchronicity of it all was amazing! Before I know it, I sent my resume, was interviewed, and got the job. I’m still so pleased about this opportunity especially in this job market. Plus, after beginning work at Goddard, I was still able to finish college by going to evening classes.

Since you have only been working at Goddard for about six months, what are your first impressions of Goddard?

Goddard has to be the best place to work! The people you meet and interact with every day makes this place wonderful. Everyone is so different and this diversity makes everyone more accepting of one another without judging them. The people are open and caring. So many people ask how I am feeling and take a personal interest in me and everyone else.

Who is the most interesting, inspiring, or amazing person you have met or worked with at Goddard?

Eileen Barnes is amazing because she has been there for any sort of question or help that I have needed. I can always pick up the phone and she never acts annoyed. She has always taken the time to go over and beyond to help me understand something and to feel welcome. She introduced me to her friends and coworkers too. Any time I question my abilities or competencies, she is always reassuring which has really helped my self-esteem. She always tells me that I can do it and, because of hearing her say so, I can.

Is there something surprising about you, your hobbies, interests, activities outside of work that people do not generally know (like you run ultra marathons or work on a NASCAR pit crew on weekends)?

One of my hobbies is power yoga which is a cross between working out and relaxation meditation. It is a little more intense in terms of abilities and strength. I do this three times a week at home or in classes. Not only is power yoga relaxing, it makes me feel empowered, clears my mind, and strengthens me internally and externally. I build muscles and also feel stronger and more centered as a person.

Is there some place in the world that you want to visit, or someplace you have been and want to go back?

I am 100% Italian from the Abruzzo Region on the Adriatic Sea. My father was born there and my mother was born in Brooklyn but her family was from there too. I still have family in Italy and have stayed with them twice for extended visits. I speak some Italian and some of them speak very little English, but there is always someone around who can translate. I would have already learned Italian, but since both of my older brothers married Venezuelan cousins, I was busy learning Spanish first.

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