|Nashville Native Teresa Foley-Batts Honored With Women's Equality Day Award at NASA's Marshall Center||
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
News Release: 05-179
Teresa Foley-Batts, a native of Nashville, Tenn., and an employee of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, has been recognized by NASA as an outstanding achiever.
A supervisory procurement analyst in the Policy and Information Management Department of the Marshall Center's Office of Procurement, Foley-Batts was honored with a Women's Equality Day award. The awards are presented annually to exceptional federal employees in administrative, clerical, professional and supervisory capacities.
Foley-Batts started her NASA career at Marshall in 1981, as a secretary co-op. In 1982, after completing her associate's degree in secretarial science from J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, she became a full-time secretary in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. She returned to school in 1984, and in 1988 earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Athens State University in Athens, Ala.
Having served in 1987 as a business co-op in the Office of Procurement while completing her degree, Foley-Batts joined the office full-time in 1988 as a contract specialist. She received her contracting officer's warrant in 1995. In 2002, Foley-Batts was named to lead the Information and Technology Systems team in the procurement office.
Today, she leads a six-person office that manages the Marshall Center's small business program, procurement career development training, software procurement, coordination of unsolicited proposals, resolution of procurement issues with the Office of Chief Financial Officer and audits of core financial data.
During her career, she has received numerous awards, including NASA’s Exceptional Achievement medal and a Director’s Commendation for her outstanding service to the Office of Procurement.
Foley-Batts is an active member of the Huntsville community. She serves as a mentor for the Women's Economic Development Council Foundation, which provides educational, financial and social support to help women achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. She also volunteers for Designers Against Breast Cancer, an annual, Huntsville-based fashion fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society.
The Women's Equality Day awards are presented by the Combined Women's Federal Programs. The Marshall Center's Women's Program annually joins with other local federal agencies to recognize the work of these individuals, and to celebrate Women's Equality Day and the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.
Foley-Batts and her husband Tommie have five adult children, and reside in Harvest, Ala.