Center Snapshot - Lolia Deal
Image above: Lolia Deal checks the inventory against her records in Building 1240. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith.
Lolia Deal began working part-time at NASA Langley while she was still attending Phoebus High School in 1987.
She was hired full-time through the CLASIC Contract in December of 1988.
She is the disposal supervisor for Tessada & Associates, Inc. and is responsible for all excess properties and oversees many other property aspects. She also manages the mailroom and handles carpet installations on the center.
“I enjoy the challenges. There is always something going on,” Deal said.
According to Deal, the most interesting part of her job is the different types of equipment the Systems Engineering and Compliance Branch receives and the different regulations for disposing of them.
Most of the equipment she handles is auctioned off at GSA public sales and the rest are transferred out to other government agencies or schools.
“We auction all types of equipment, from computers to lab equipment… anything and everything,” she said.
Deal grew up in Hampton, but moved to York County with her husband, Jay, who grew up there. As of March 31, he will be employed at NASA Langley in the ROME Air conditioning shop.
Her father still resides in the house that she grew up in, and she enjoys being close to her original home.
Deal has three children. They are involved in soccer, dance, Boy Scouts, Fife and Drum of York County and playing the piano and clarinet. Her oldest child attends Longwood University.
Deal’s family also includes a seven-year-old Jack Russell, named Spot and an eight-year-old gray tabby named Cubby.
A love for country music is something that Deal shares with her children. Her favorite vacation was when her family went to Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry.
Deal picked up her love for country music from her grandmother. “She liked the old country, like the Statler Brothers. I like the new country,” she said.
If she were given the chance to meet any country singer, it would be Dolly Parton. Her trip to Dollywood will have to pacify her if she isn’t given that chance.
Her greatest accomplishment is her children. “They are my life,” she said.
“The triumphs in my personal life and the challenges of my job have made me into who I am today,” Deal said.
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