Melissa Garber is one of any COLSA employees that work on our NASA HOSC Contract. Read on to hear why she came to COLSA and chose to stay every day.
Q: What do you do for COLSA?
A: I work at the Huntsville Operation Support Center (HOSC). This is a contract that COLSA has held for over ten years and provides support for many different spacecraft. Our largest customer within that contract is the International Space Station.
Q: How did you start at COLSA?
A: I have worked for numerous different companies over the years and even as a civil servant. Most of the work I did was DoD, specifically work for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). When I retired from civil service, I wanted a change. I found this position with COLSA at the HOSC and thought working for NASA was a fantastic idea.
Q: Why do you stay at COLSA?
A: One reason is my respect for our Chairman and Founder, Mr. Collazo. He created this company from nothing, and a lot of it was based on his pristine reputation and good name. I have been told many times throughout my career that if you get a handshake from Mr. Collazo, you don’t have to worry because he will deliver. That is the kind of integrity that I look for in an employer.
Q: How would you describe the culture of COLSA?
A: COLSA is very family–oriented. For example, we have a family picnic at Point Mallard in Decatur every year. Every COLSA employee brings their families, and it’s a chance to get to know your peers outside work. It creates those tight knight bonds that are hard to come by.