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Angela Storey
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

RELEASE : 10-045
NASA’s Marshall Center Honors Athens, Ala., Native Linda Yarbrough with Women’s Equality Day Award
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Linda Yarbrough, a native of Athens, Ala., has received a Women’s Equality Day award for exceptional administrative service from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Yarbrough is the business manager for the Crew Exploration Vehicle Office in the Marshall Center’s Science and Mission Systems Directorate. She oversees the budget for that office, and was appointed to the position in December 2006.

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.

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

Yarbrough began her NASA career in 1974 as a secretary in the former Marshall Astrionics Laboratory. From 1989 to 2006, she was a program analyst for several Marshall offices and directorates. She performed numerous budgetary duties, including planning, development, coordination and implementation of the requirements for Marshall's program and fiscal year operating plans in accordance with approved task agreements.

She received a bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Athens State College in Athens, Ala., in 1991, and earned a master's degree from the Florida Institute of Technology's Redstone Arsenal campus in 1995.

Yarbrough has received numerous awards throughout her NASA career, including a Distinguished Performance Award in 2009 for outstanding dedication and job performance related to NASA and Marshall Center missions and goals; the Science & Mission Systems Super Star Award in 2008 for excellence in communications; and a Space Flight Awareness Honoree award in 1994 for outstanding dedication and superior performance in support of the International Space Station. She also is the recipient of numerous Group Achievement, Outstanding Performance, Special Service and Sustained Superior Performance awards.

Yarbrough and her husband, Amos Farrar, formerly of Athens, live in Huntsville and have two daughters.

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