NASA People

Center Snapshot: Lindsay Rogers
11.13.09
Lindsay Rogers at Earthfest. Image above: Lindsay Rogers volunteered at Earthfest by teaching visitors about the Earth using a trivia wheel. NASA/Sean Smith

By:
Denise Lineberry

When Lindsay Rogers was accepted as a student to Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC, she planned to study sports medicine. “After traveling with the volleyball team my freshman year, I realized that was not my calling and changed my major to business,” Rogers said.

Rogers earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration.

That decision in college, accompanied with a few others, set her course for becoming a resources management analyst with NASA Langley’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

First, was her fascination with NASA that began in middle school when she participated in the Agency’s KidSat project.

In 2002, Rogers started as a student intern with the DEVELOP Program, an applied sciences program within the Science Directorate. In 2006, she became a co-op and continued to work with DEVELOP as a business manager. In 2008, she transitioned to OCFO.

She also received some help. “There are a handful of people that have served as mentors during my time at Langley,” she said. “Their wisdom and guidance continues to be something I hold in high regard and truly appreciate.”

With so much behind her, Rogers is focused on her future … and the future of NASA. When she isn’t leading the center’s efforts in budget submissions for science and construction of facilities (CoF), she tries to get people interested in NASA.

Rogers represented NASA as a keynote speaker at a Southern Governor’s Conference with former Gov. Kathleen Blanco in Louisiana. “It was such an honor to share how NASA science serves society,” she said.

She is a member of the LaRC Emerging Professionals Committee (LEPC) and looks for other opportunities to share her passion with NASA. She recently volunteered at Earthfest.

“I truly believe in the NASA mission and vision,” she said. “More importantly, I believe in, and have great pride in, the most fascinating, out-of-this-world work done by awesome people at Langley.”

Her friends and family provide support, and so does her faith, which, she said, “has put amazing people in my life to help and guide me in the right direction. For that, I am forever grateful.”

She returns the favor to her community through service projects, such as, Peninsula 1710. This past weekend, she worked with a team to install insulation in Poquoson homes that were affected by Isabel.

While growing up in Newport News and York County, Rogers was an actress in her own right. “I did a few re-enactments for the 700 club and did a lot of acting at church,” she said.

Her positive outlook translates each day as an accomplishment.

What’s next on her list of accomplishments, besides tomorrow?

“I would really love to see the shuttle launch before it retires,” she said. “My husband and I have plans in the works, and we hope for an opportunity next year.”

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