NASA People

Center Snapshot: Kim Sheffler
Kim Sheffler.

Kim Sheffler, Security and Protection Programs Branch, has been working at NASA Langley for more than 16 years.
Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

By: Denise Lineberry

Does the name Kim Sheffler ring a bell? If so, it probably has something to do with your NASA badge. Sheffler’s team has issued 4,000 identification badges since February. The recent completion of the HSPD-12 badge issue led Langley employees to Sheffler’s home away from home, the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office.

Sheffler is proud of her team’s accomplishment. “Langley was the third center to achieve this agency-wide goal and did so with three weeks to spare,” she said.

Sheffler has come a long way since one month after her high school graduation, when she began a secretarial co-op program. “I have worked in multiple organizations and in many positions around the center,” Sheffler said.

While working on center, Sheffler decided to go to college and forfeit her free time in exchange for a degree.

In 2003, she graduated with a degree in criminology and she was offered a detail position in the security office. By 2005, Sheffler accepted a position as a security specialist in the Security Programs and Protection Branch.

“I have been steadily working my way through many different tasks,” she explained.

Sheffler is proudly following in the footsteps of her father, a former special agent in NASA Langley’s Inspector General’s Office. Prior to that, her father worked in law enforcement. She witnessed his hard work and dedication and succeeded through her own hard work and her father’s example. “I have developed a career that I love and am passionate about,” Sheffler said.

And it’s not just the work that keeps her going. “I have so many wonderful friends at NASA Langley as well as at other centers,” she said. “There isn’t a day when I don’t see someone I used to work with or have become friends with along the way.”

And then comes the name recognition. “I get ‘oh, you are Kim from security.’... Right then, I usually get to add another name to the friends list,” she said.

The not-so-obvious portion of her work is the most important and, according to Sheffler, the most interesting. “Most employees don’t realize the importance of the work that is done in the Security and Program Protections Branch,” she said. “There is so much behind-the-scene work that is performed to make sure that our employees, property and information are protected every day. Being part of protecting a federal installation is very challenging and very rewarding. “

Some interesting facts that most don’t know about Sheffler is that she twirled baton for 14 years, cheered for eight and played the piano. “Also, contrary to popular belief, I can stop talking and sit quietly, but only when necessary,” Sheffler shared.

“I’m a Fox Hillian through and through,” explaining that she grew up in the Fox Hill area of Hampton.

“My grandparents live on the water in Fox Hill, so I grew up on my dad’s boat fishing and learning to appreciate the beauty of the ocean,” she said. “I also have grandparents in Pennsylvania and family in Montana and Colorado. I love the mountains and snow, but it’s not home until I can smell the salt water.”

Most of Sheffler’s free time is consumed by her friends, family and rescue dogs.

“I have a wonderful network of close friends, and we normally find ourselves sitting around bonfires, having cookouts or just getting together to laugh and relax,” Sheffler said. She also enjoys NASCAR races and hockey games. She is a big fan of Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“If it involves laughing and having a good time, that’s where you’ll find me,” she said.