Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech and James Free, deputy associate administrator for technical in the NASA Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate, presented annual NASA Honor Awards to Stennis employees during a recent onsite ceremony.
Mississippians honored were:
Exceptional Service Medal
David R. Keith of Diamondhead, a senior procurement analyst, recognized for his expertise and influence of both direction and decisions pertaining to NASA’s contract writing system.
Ramona E. Travis of Picayune was recognized for 34 years of service. Travis has conducted a range of field work and remote sensing missions, served as the university affairs officer for the Office of Education and as the Stennis Technology Transfer Officer. She is now the first Stennis chief technologist.
Donald Griffith of Bay St. Louis was recognized for his 37 years of federal service, which included serving as supply and equipment management officer, transportation officer, property disposal officer, Emergency preparedness coordinator and human resources specialist.
Cynthia P. Canady of Ocean Springs, was recognized for 41 years of service. Canady is the first full-time manager of the center’s NASA Exchange branch. Canady previously was RS-68 Project manager, a Project Directorate technical assistant, the center export representative and deputy chief of the Systems Integration Office.
Exceptional Public Service Medal
Clifford Randy Holland Sr. of Picayune, was recognized for his work informing decision makers and the public about the center and Mississippi’s has in the nation’s space program. Through various efforts, he has proven himself a dedicated supporter of NASA, Stennis and its surrounding communities.
Exceptional Public Achievement Medal
Kelly A. Boyd of Slidell, Louisiana, received the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for her innovative accomplish-ments as the A2Research project leader for facilities Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Stennis. Boyd led in the creation and implementation of the Facility Infrastructure Real Estate system, resulting in cost savings and improved facilities support. Her expertise and successful system strategy led to Stennis being designated as the principal NASA center for GIS activities.
Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Meredith K. Blasingame of Bay St. Louis, attorney, made contributions to the Stennis Office of Procurement during the Synergy Achieving Consolidated Operations and Maintenance process.
Jennifer C. Franzo, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Slidell, La., technical manager in the Office of the Chief Safety Officer, was instrumental to the Stennis performance of Resident Management Office responsibilities.
Carol Kellar of Henleyfield, a senior contracting officer in the Stennis Program Management Support Division, was instrumental in the Stennis’ propulsion test mission. Kellar played a key role in the B-2 Test Stand restoration process.
Stephen D. Rawls of Carriere, a mechanical operations engineer, is mechanical lead for the E-2 test facility. Rawls led a successful chemical steam generator test campaign and SpaceX Raptor engine component test project.
Early Career Achievement Medal
Samone Faulkner of Hattiesburg, Office of Communications, contributed to various center and agency programs. She is Stennis social media and internal communications manager. Faulkner also led in creation on the annual Girls Excited about Math and Science program.
Aaron P. Head of Carriere contributed to the multiple propulsion test programs. He has worked as an instrumentation engineer on the J-2X test project, as well as the RS-25 rocket engine test project.
Adrianne P. Ragan of Biloxi, contracting officer in the Center Management Support Division. contributed to the success of many procurements, including the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage and the Facility Operations Services Contract.
Group awards, appreciation awards
Steven A. Taylor of Long Beach received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Management Award for his sustained engineering excellence during three years on the Exploration Systems Development Standing Review Board. Taylor also was deputy chief engineer within the Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate.
Sheila Wilson of Waveland received the Director’s Certificate of Appreciation for more than 25 years as a staff risk analyst in the Stennis Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Wilson provided support in the development of the Decision Support System, the Systems Management Office and the Integrated Financial Management Program.
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