Discover Goddard’s exceptional people. "Conversations with Goddard" highlights the amazing things our people do here at Goddard. "Outside Goddard" celebrates the extraordinary things our people do away from Goddard. Both showcase our people and their personal and professional passions.
Kasha Patel's mission? Filling the unknown demand of Indian female comics from West Virginia.
Through humility, focus and hard work, Megan Meehan realized her dream of being a NASA aerospace engineer.
Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.
Carlos A. Gomez-Rosa's alter ego cannot sing, dance, play an instrument or even act, but he has shared the spotlight many times with maestro Placido Domingo in numerous operas at the Kennedy Center.
Not everyone’s idea of relaxation is walking around the wilds of South Africa admiring elephants, giraffes and otters, but supervisory contract specialist Eric Newman did just that several times to get to know his father’s South African side of the family.
Aerospace Engineer John Decker became a re-hired annuitant to devote more time to his other passion – the theater.
Project Safety Manager Carol Hamilton has 300 kids. For the past 23 years, she has been helping young kids through SPECTRUM, a free, comprehensive youth development program she cofounded and supports.
Earth science writer Audrey Haar rehabilitated her middle age+, unsocialized rescue dog by viewing the world through her eyes.
As a mentor for his church’s youth mentoring program for middle school boys, aerospace engineer Howard Branch uses math tricks to make math easy, interesting and even fun.
Adventure traveler Param Nair lives by this rule that “You have one life to live, so make the most of it.”
Keenan Bowens plans for success, from being the Junior National Table Tennis Champion and double gold medalist in the Junior Olympics, to achieving goals for IV&V’s programs and offices.
Systems engineer Theo Bugtong soloed Mt. Fuji in the dark to see the spectacular sunrise above the clouds.
To help his lifelong friend with multiple sclerosis, and now to honor his memory, program specialist Chris Morris devotes his life to MS fundraising, including biking solo across the United States.
|Gehrels and his wife and children are continuing his family's tradition by serving the communities near Goddard.|
|A pioneer of Indian music in our area, web developer Urmila Prasad creates musical waves.|
|Dr. Paul Racette raises consciousness by bridging how Native Americans and Western scientists view the world.|
|Dr. Dave Whiteman, a physical scientist, was a driving force behind the creation of the Greenbelt Soccer Alliance, an organization that focuses on providing pure recreational, small-sided soccer for children.|
|From the age of ten, TV producer Chris Smith knew that he wanted to work in film.|
|Disney curmudgeon turned convert, Editor and Writer John Putman raced in the Walt Disney World Marathon to the cheers of his wife and two-year-old daughter.|
|British-born astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers met the Queen while attending an Order of the British Empire investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.|
|Human resources specialist Dr. Howard Kea builds community spirit through martial arts on the family plan.|
|While engineer Glenn Bock’s work at Goddard involves trying to break equipment through rigorous testing, his focus outside Goddard is finding people–dead or alive.|
|Gunn feels that he creates his best work when he connects with his subjects through a shared passion--like his for science.|
|Thanks to his around-the-world birding vacation, Tom Feild met the rarest bird of all, someone with his same love for nature and travel.|
|According to program support manager and cat rescuer Mindy Deyarmin, sometimes you have to think outside the box to get a cat to go inside the box.|
|Engineer and Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad member Brian Roberts is always on duty even in the heat of the night.|
|Deputy Chief and Electrical Engineer Bob Savage goes on missions, not to Mars, but to Honduras.|
|Not satisfied to merely cycle through neighborhoods and take in the sights of the suburbs, Goddard engineer Oren Sheinman prefers mountain vistas, primitive campgrounds, and—for some reason—the chance to see a grizzly or two.|
|Although he never took a music lesson, engineer and drummer Joe Easley recently returned from a week long reunion tour of Japan with his indie rock band “Dismemberment Plan.|
|Web editor Rob Garner spends his work days hovering over a keyboard but it’s keys of a different type that occupy his off-hours as a musician in the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland.|
|Optical Engineer and nature photographer Dr. June Tveekrem considers herself unusual because she has both an analytical and an artistic side which manifests itself in photographing dragonflies.|
|Not too many French women come to America and discover Indian Classical dance but that is exactly what Severine Tournois did.|
|You may think that your family dogs are wild, but Data Visualizer and Designer Robert Simmon really does live with two wild dogs; one was even born in a zoo!|
|Gene Gottschalk received an aerobatic flying lesson from his wife in 1994. The rest is barrel rolling history.|
|Astrophysicist Mansoor Ahmed followed a childhood dream to make "An Error in Judgment."|
|Bob Wingard is an adrenaline junkie who has built his own roadster to scratch the itch for speed.|
|Mechanical Technician Paul Cursey feels the need for speed.|
|Systems Engineer Dave Martin is, to paraphrase Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, our Village Blacksmith.|
|Goddard systems engineer and vintner Mark Cascia reaps what he sows on Kent Island and that happens to be some award-winning wines.|
|Goddard Web applications developer Mindy Thomas is also a Women’s National Duckpin Bowling Congress National Champion.|
|Associate Branch Head Marcellus Proctor of the Parts, Packaging, and Assembly Technologies Branch in the Applied Engineering Technology Directorate, is a proud member of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe.|
|Three years ago, Management Information Specialist Jen Poston joined her boyfriend on his family dairy farm in Glenelg, Maryland.|
|Not every Protocol Officer is a triple threat. Nina Harris, however, is a triple threat because, as they say in show business, she can act, sing, and dance.|
|Calvin Williams saw the disaster aftermath from Tropical Storm Bonnie on the news which spurred him into volunteering to help with the Red Cross.|
|Holly Gilbert volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Voices for Children, the state organization responsible for the foster care program for neglected and abused children.|
|Goddard Electrical Engineer John Annen and his wife Debbie are passionate about each other and playing music together.|
|Bert Pasquale calls his photographic style “life storytelling” because it combines aspects of environmental portraiture, fine art, and photojournalism to tell the story of his subject.|
|Despite the ever-present risk of emotional burnout, systems engineer Amy Pergosky continues to rescue dogs, one dog at a time.|
|Brian Campbell, an Education Specialist, just played the perfect game as a competitive league bowler.|
|Goddard Web Producer Holly Zell has always loved Halloween and Christmas, so it was natural for her to want to share these “Hollydays” with others.|
|Retired Goddard Space Flight Center Art Director Maceo Leatherwood will have the honor and privilege of seeing his lithograph “Mo’Paklahoma,” also known as “Mo’Pak,” in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.|
|Goddard astrophysicist Dr. Marc J. Kuchner writes award-winning country songs.|
|As a boy, Dr. Drake Deming, the Senior Scientist for Extrasolar Planet Studies, had a guitar, but all he really wanted to do was play the banjo.|
|NASA geophysicist-turned-artist Peter J. Wasilewski wants people to see the colors of ice.|
|Bernie Edwards, a communications engineer for the Constellation Program Office, has always liked all things Disney.|
|Gerald Tiqui, an equal opportunity specialist in Goddard’s Equal Opportunity Program Office, is also a Polynesian dancer specializing in the Samoan Fire Knife Dance.|
|For Bill Wrobel, Director of the Wallops Flight Facility, "All of life is an adventure. A marathon is just a running adventure."|
|Insight into the man behind the Nobel Prize, Dr. John C. Mather.|
|Dr. Jaylee Mead and her late husband, Dr. Gilbert Mead, discovered their love for theater through participation in Goddard’s Music and Drama (MAD) productions.|
|Newlyweds Bob Wigand, 85, and Mary Alice, 86, thank Goddard for giving them a common background|
|Upon her guide dog's retirement, Deena S. Lambert, Disability Programs Manager, hopes to give him a new leash on life.|
|Moving his focus from outer space to under the soil, Tim Livengood, a Goddard astrophysicist, journeyed to Wyoming on a dinosaur dig with his daughter, Rachel.|
|HGTV's "Bang for Your Buck" judged Jonathan Wingerberg's recently renovated home in Baltimore giving him fifteen minutes of fame and an amazing experience.|
|Mike Weiss, Exploration Systems Project Manager, developed his hobby of underwater photography into a research tool for NOAA.|
|The story of Trena Ferrell, Education Specialist, and Mark Branch, AerospaceEngineer, is of a marriage made at Goddard.|
|Although Greta was born in a puppy mill she overcame her rough "childhood" in the loving hands of Rebecca Elliott, a Public Affairs Specialist at Goddard.|
|From his New York roots at the High School for Music and Arts to his career as a sculptor, architect, and NASA Master Planner for Goddard, Alan Binstock remains grounded by his art.|
|Dr. Patrick Thompson, a Goddard optical engineer, and his wife had the rare experience of a trek to the south base camp of Mt. Everest in 2009.|
Elizabeth M. Jarrell
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md