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Angela Storey
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

RELEASE : 10-043
NASA Marshall Center's Thea Baskerville-Brown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Honored with Women’s Equality Day Award
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thea Baskerville-Brown, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a management support assistant at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has received a Women’s Equality Day award for excellence in clerical service to the Marshall Center and U.S. space program.

Baskervillle-Brown is the management support assistant for the International Space Station Payload Office in the Science and Mission Systems Office. She assists in the day-to-day execution of all administrative business of the office.

The Women’s Equality Day awards recognize federal employees in four categories -- professional, administrative, supervisory and clerical -- for exceptional service to the Marshall Center and the U.S. space program.

Baskerville-Brown and three other honorees received their awards March 25 during Marshall’s Women’s History Month seminar, which was hosted by the Federal Women's Program in Marshall's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. The Marshall Federal Women’s Program recognizes outstanding women achievers and celebrates Women’s Equality Day and passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

"Thea is one of those rare individuals who give 110 percent to make the jobs of those around her more effective and productive," said her supervisor, Annette Sledd, manager of International Space Station Payloads Office. "She's considered the go-to person for all administrative functions for the office and serves as a mentor to train management assistants in other offices. Her commitment to our team and her professional, supportive and positive attitude provides a synergy that the group draws strength from."

"I am humbled by this honor and consider this one of the highlights of my career," Baskerville-Brown said. "I am very fortunate to work with a wonderful group of people that would bring out the best in anyone. Our office manages the experiment and research racks that go onboard the International Space Station and it is very rewarding to work in an organization that affects the lives of everyday people with scientific discoveries and medical advances."

In 1991, Baskerville-Brown received an associate's degree in administrative assistant/secretarial science from J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville. In 1998, she earned a bachelor's degree in purchasing, procurement and contracts management from Athens State College in Athens, Ala.

She is the recipient of numerous exemplary service awards. In 2008, she was selected as a Space Flight Awareness Honoree -- the highest form of recognition given to an employee by NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program. She also received the Science and Mission Systems' Star Performer Above and Beyond Award in 2008.

Baskerville-Brown became a co-op in 1990 serving as a clerk stenographer in the Marshall Center's Mission Operations Laboratory. She joined NASA full-time in 1992, and has served in a variety of administrative positions in Marshall’s engineering and research organizations. In 2006, she was named a management support assistant for the International Space Station Payload Office.

Baskerville-Brown, who has three daughters, resides in Huntsville.

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