Although Osha Thompson may share her first name with a group construction people know well – the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) – she was named after a family friend’s last name.
“We think it was shortened from Russian to make it more Americanized,” Osha said. “But what an appropriate name for me at Flintco — I care about people’s safety and I’m a hub of information.”
Born in Claremore, Oklahoma, and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Osha was in the Air Force Jr. ROTC during high school and joined the U.S. Air Force when she graduated. She served during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Knowledge Operation Management Specialist working in an IT and administrative capacity.
Her primary role was to help transition a military base in Colorado to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX, where she was stationed. Osha learned skills she would need in her future role at Flintco — communication, coordinating processes, setting up mobility and relocation.
“We were setting everything up from Ground Zero,” Osha said. “That’s kind of what I am here. I’m the nerve center.”
Osha’s Native American heritage plays a significant role in her life as an enrolled tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and lineage to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, where she worked in various roles, including HR and in casino administration. Osha enjoys connecting with her creative side through painting, creative writing and playing music. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and grandson.