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Angela Storey
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

RELEASE : 10-044
NASA’s Marshall Center Honors Tuscumbia, Ala., Native Tereasa Washington with Women’s Equality Day Award
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Tereasa Washington, a native of Tuscumbia, Ala., has received a Women’s Equality Day award for exceptional supervisory service from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Washington, director of the Office of Human Capital at the Marshall Center since 2004, oversees its organization and leadership development, academic affairs, training and incentives, work force strategy and planning, federal labor relations, and employee services and operations.

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.

Washington 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.

Washington began her NASA career in 1982 as a legal research assistant in the Office of Chief Counsel. From 1983 to 1988, she was a general attorney-advisor, handling legal matters for Marshall's administrative and technical operations. In 1988, she was named associate chief counsel, serving as principal advisor to management on law and legal policy issues related to personnel and labor relations.

Washington was associate deputy chief counsel in the Marshall Center's Office of the Chief Counsel from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was director of Marshall's Human Resources and Administrative Support Office. She was director of the Customer and Employee Relations Directorate from 1998 to 2004. The organization was responsible for Marshall Center human resources, internal relations and communications, media relations, government and community relations, employee and organizational development, educational programs and technology transfer – development of space technology for commercial use.

She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville in 1978, and earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tenn., in 1982.

Washington is a 1995 graduate of the Leadership Huntsville/Madison County program, designed to identify community leaders who have demonstrated the ability and desire to become more involved in community leadership positions.

She has received numerous awards throughout her NASA career. In 2004, she received the "She Knows Where She's Going" award for being a positive role model for girls who are members of the Huntsville Chapter of Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit youth organization. She also was recognized in 2004 with two resolutions commending her outstanding professional career – HR241 passed by the Alabama House of Representatives and HJR254 passed by both the Alabama Senate and House of Representatives.

She was honored in 2002 with the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive – the federal government's top award for outstanding service and the highest honor attainable for a civil servant – for sustained extraordinary accomplishment. In 2000, she was awarded a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creative ability. In 1999, she received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive for sustained accomplishment. She received a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1992, for significant accomplishment contributing to NASA's mission.

In 1990, Washington was presented the Silver Snoopy Award for outstanding performance contributing to flight safety or mission success. She received the Marshall Center Director's Commendation for sound legal advice and successful representation of the Marshall Center in legal litigations in 1988, and a Marshall Center Outstanding Woman Achiever award that same year. She was a Space Flight Awareness Honoree in 1986 for dedication to quality work and flight safety. She also is the recipient of numerous Group Achievement, Outstanding Performance and Sustained Superior Performance awards.

Washington has served on the advisory boards of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation and Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, a national non-profit organization. She served two terms as board president for the Community Intensive Treatment for Youth Program of Huntsville, a local group of judges, educators and service organizations that works to rehabilitate troubled juveniles. She was on the National Advisory Board of the Celebrating Life Foundation, a breast cancer educational awareness program that targets black women.

She was a professor in the Leadership Education for the Adult Professional degree completion program at Oakwood College in Huntsville.

Washington and her husband, Snyder Washington, formerly of Athens, Ala., live in Toney, Ala., and have one son, a daughter-in-law and three granddaughters.

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