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For release: 02/13/03
Release #: 03-025


Pamela Cucarola named to key financial management position at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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Pamela H. Cucarola has been named administrative systems implementation manager at the Marshall Center, providing management and technical leadership for implementation of selected modules within NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program. The program supplies timely, consistent and reliable information for NASA management decisions.

Photo: Cucarola (NASA/MSFC)


Pamela H. Cucarola has been named administrative systems implementation manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. With this appointment, Cucarola becomes a member of the Senior Executive Service - an elite corps of men and women who administer public programs at top levels of the federal government.

Cucarola will be responsible for providing management and technical leadership for implementation of selected modules within NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program, an initiative begun in 2000 to supply timely, consistent and reliable information for NASA management decisions. Cucarola will lead a team of approximately 30 civil servants and more than 90 contractors at the Marshall Center, as well as 30-40 traveling representatives from other NASA field centers.

Cucarola began her NASA career in 1982, as a student intern performing accounting duties in the Marshall Center's Personnel Services Division. In 1985, she moved to the Financial Management Office, working as an operating accountant on contracts and material accounting. She has held a number of progressively responsible positions. In 1991, she was named supervisory operating accountant of the Government Accounting Branch within the Financial Management Office, and in 1992 she was promoted to chief of the Financial Systems Division, working to ensure Marshall's compliance with federal financial and budget regulations.

As NASA began development of its Integrated Financial Management Program, Cucarola was named deputy project manager, helping lead Agency-wide implementation of the program. She was subsequently named core financial project manager at Marshall, overseeing financial management systems and business practices related to the Integrated Financial Management Program.

During her career, Cucarola has received a number of awards recognizing her outstanding performance in financial management at the Marshall Center. In 2000, she received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, awarded for leadership that has a pronounced effect on the-space agency's technical or administrative programs.

A native of Huntsville, Cucarola is a graduate of that city's Grissom High School, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.

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