Othel Y. Freeman
Ms. Othel Y. Freeman began her career as an Assistant Buyer, Gimbels Department Store, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her responsibility was purchasing infant boy’s and girl’s clothing’s and women’s apparel. She was acknowledged for her ability to increase sales revenues and her creativity in writing advertisements. Later, she took the position as a department manager supervising 21 associates and managing 14 departments.
Upon relocating to the DC area, she worked several years with Peoples Drug Store, Bethesda, MD as an Assistant Store Manager with responsibilities for employee hiring, training, and store operation.
Ms. Freeman joined CAE Link Tactical Simulation Systems, Silver Spring, MD (CAE Link Tactical Simulations System, Ontario, and Canada) as a Human Resource assistant and was promoted to Program Project Planner. Within the operations department she was assigned as a team lead to oversee Department of Defense (DOD) projects, and major aerospace and commercial nuclear power simulations contracts. As team leader, she performed oversight duties of material and production planners.
Ms. Freeman performs various duties for the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Highly Migratory Species Division (HMS), Silver Spring, MD. Within the HMS division she assists with contracts, pre-award market analysis, and post award activities. She is the office liaison for the no cost conference planning contract during the performance assessment phase. In 2006 she completed the NOAA Inspiring Leader Program. During 2006-2007 she served a six-month rotational assignment as Grants Management Specialist, NOAA Grants Management Division. Ms. Freeman identified and completed a portfolio of 100 closed-out expired Grant awards
In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Freeman served as Vice President of the NOAA Blacks in Government Chapter. She was involved in special enhancement development programs for NOAA and the NOAA Chapter and was significant in obtaining keynote speakers, i.e., former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele of Maryland; Kweisi Mfume, former President, NAACP; and former Honorable Gareth Murray, Maryland Delegate, District 20.
During 2008 and 2009, Ms. Freeman served as the fourth elected President of the NOAA Chapter of Blacks in Government. Her goal was to maintain a level of professionalism for members in the chapter. Her mission involved a partner relationship with NOAA senior management, NOAA Human Capital Council to provide funding for chapter members’ training at the National Training Conference (NTC). Under her leadership, she moved the chapter forward to accomplish the goal of completing, ratifying and accepting NOAA Chapter By-Laws, by the National Board of Directors BIG, created the NOAA Chapter Standing Rules, and the first NOAA/NOAA BIG Distinguished Service Award Program for NOAA employees.
In addition, Ms Freeman was significant in obtaining prominent speakers such as Council member Cynthia Willard-Lewis District “E” New Orleans, LA; Dr. Percy Thomas, CEO Success Behavior Institute; Mr. Gerald Reed, former National President of BIG & Board of Director.
In addition, her outreach accomplishment included organizing a tour for BIG members at the NTC in New Orleans through the devastated Lower District 9, culminating in the Chapter’s donation of $2,000 to two local churches, Bethany United Methodist and the First House of Prayer Church, for school supplies.
Ms. Freeman served as a devoted Regional Council Representative for several years. During the years 2002 thru 2003, Ms. Freeman actively attended Regional Council meetings during weekends on a voluntary basis.
At the National level of BIG she was elected during the NTC, National Delegate Assembly, Denver, Co., to serve on the Board of Elections in Washington, DC, in 2004. In 2007 at the NTC she co-chaired the NTC DOC Forum, Nashville, TN. She graduated from the first US Graduate School USDA, Darlene Young Leadership Academy and was selected to serve as a coach during the NTC.
Ms. Freeman is a self-motivated, and encourages educational programs and emphasis on professional excellence. She would feel remiss by not expressing her appreciation received from the NOAA BIG Chapter and BIG for their unwavering support. In addition, Ms Freeman serves as the NOAA Chapter Advisor and a BIG lifetime-Gold Plus member.
Ms. Freeman is a successful business owner entrepreneur. She is a member of Bethel AME, Wilmington, DE. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland, and matriculated in Business Administration.