NASA People

Center Snapshot: Christina Fay
12.15.08
Christina Fay. Image above: In addition to being the coordinator for the Multimedia Education Center and an audio and visual librarian, Fay is also the Mentoring Program coordinator, a new program at NASA Langley. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

By: Denise Lineberry

Christina Fay learned a lot about herself when she spent two weeks behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler.

“When I was 19, I drove an 18-wheeler from here to Texas and back with no prior training or experience,” said Fay, an audio and visual librarian and coordinator for the Multimedia Education Center (MEC). “It was to fulfill a promise I made to my father when I was a little girl. He passed away when I was 12. He was a truck driver by trade.”

Growing up, Fay told her father she wanted to be just like him when she got older. Before he died, he explained to her that he wanted her to be her own person. He told her that she didn't have to be like him and drive a truck.

“But I wanted to keep my promise to him,” Fay said.

So she found a truck and she took a trip.

The owner of the truck, a friend of a friend, went along to explain how to shift the gears and other basics. But for the most part, Fay was an independent driver.

“Although it was a scary experience in many ways, and terrifying at times, it was also one of the greatest adventures in my life,” Fay said. “I learned a lot along the way – about myself, my family and community, about people and life in general. That trip helped me reflect on, not only my life, but how I affect others just as my father influenced me.”

Her father’s lessons stuck with her through the duration of her journey.

“My father taught me that, if we appreciate others, if we be helpful, honest, loving and kind, and work hard in everything we do that happiness and success will come to us,” Fay said.

Fay’s father may have chosen a different route for his daughter, but Fay was ready to hit the road.

“Looking back now, had he been around, he would have grounded me when I got home,” she said. “But in the long run I’m sure he would have understood. For what I learned on the road helped pave the way to my future.”

Fay devotes her time away from work to her family and her church. “I love serving and helping people in need within the church and in our community. I am very blessed, so giving back as much as possible is important to me,” Fay said.

Also important to Fay, is letting employees know the benefits of the MEC at NASA Langley.

“There are so many people at NASA Langley that are not familiar with the MEC and what we have to offer,” she said. “My goal is to get the word out about this opportunity for learning so that more people can reap the benefits of the training that NASA provides to its employees.”

Fay believes in the work that she does, and also in the people with whom she works.

“My work at the MEC keeps me very busy. I am never bored. There is always something challenging to do, and I love serving my customers,” Fay said. “This year I am supporting a new program, Langley’s Mentoring Program. It’s exciting to work on this new project.”

“I love the feeling of community that NASA Langley provides, I’m sure many of us feel that way,” Fay said. “I feel like we are one big family striving to meet our goals together as a team.”

Fay enjoys her job as a the coordinator for the MEC because she gets to see and hear from the customers how training has helped them perform better in their jobs and learn new things.

To learn more about the MEC and to view the course listing, please visit: http://ohcm-r.larc.nasa.gov/training/mec/