This year's Black History Month theme is "Black Health and Wellness," celebrating the rich history of Black scholars and medical practitioners, as well as the long-standing wellness practices that are unique to the Black community.
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions and achievements that the Black community has made in U.S. and world history. SAIC recognizes this importance, and in a new video below, Black leaders at our company share what it means to our organization. We are also pleased to spotlight some of our colleagues who have made remarkable contributions here at SAIC.
Additionally, through SAIC's diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, we support and invest in Black-affiliated organizations whose missions align with our DE&I goals. We honor our partnerships through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which provides scholarships to students at public historically Black colleges and universities, and through Black Girls Code, which provides girls of color ages seven to 17 with opportunities to learn in-demand technology skills.
Watch the video and proceed to learn more about some of our important company contributors.
Program Manager and Cyber Engineer Lead, C5ISR Systems Solutions, Defense and Civilian Sector
Jefferey Duncan is the program manager for SAIC’s cybersecurity support services contract supporting Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and the cyber engineer lead under Naval Air Systems Command for the Comprehensive Automated Maintenance Environment-Optimized (CAMEO) system.
Prior to joining SAIC in 2016 as a cybersecurity lead for CAMEO and the Readiness Integration Center, Jefferey held numerous positions within the cybersecurity realm, supporting both CONUS and OCONUS anti-terrorism force protection systems and conducting information assurance assessments and information assurance certification and accreditation as a U.S. Navy validator.
Earlier in his career, Jefferey went from being a FedEx driver to a food and beverage controller in the hotel industry to a technical program manager at Arrow Electronics, where he supported over $30 million in inventory, and at Comstor, where he supported Cisco router sales that totaled over $15 million. See Jefferey's full story. >
Favorite quote: “Live much, love much and laugh often.” —Steve Deyo
Program Manager and Technical Lead, National Security and Space Sector
As a program manager and technical lead within SAIC’s National Security and Space Sector, Roderick Edwards is responsible for leading a program that provides pre-award and post-award acquisition and contracting support to an intelligence community customer.
Roderick joined SAIC in May 2021 after a successful 31-year career in the U.S. Air Force. As an officer within the contracting career field, he held a variety of leadership positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He was deployed overseas several times and spent the majority of his military service on tours for the joint and intelligence communities. His long and distinguished military career culminated with him serving as the chief of the Acquisition Management Branch of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.
Roderick earned his MBA from Touro University. He holds master’s certificates in commercial and government contracting from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Warner University. See Roderick's full story. >
Favorite quote: “If there is one thing I've learned in my years on this planet, it's that the happiest and most fulfilled people I've known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self-interest.” —John Glenn
Data Scientist Team Manager and Project Manager, Defense and Civilian Sector
Jocelyn Leatherwood is a data scientist team manager and project manager in SAIC’s Defense and Civilian Sector, supporting the enterprise data warehouse program for the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jocelyn joined SAIC in 1997 as a technical writer on the mission-oriented systems engineering support (MOSES) contract supporting the Environmental Protection Agency. On another MOSES task order, she developed environmental data standards, managed ISO-compliant metadata, developed life-cycle documentation and led the data registry integration test team.
She has over 30 years of experience in the information management field, with over a decade of experience in the data management field, including metadata development and management for the EPA, Veterans Health Administration, National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense and the interagency National Wildfire Coordinating Group. See Jocelyn's full story. >
Favorite quote: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin
Senior Vice President and Controller
Ben Wanjara is a senior vice president and SAIC's controller, responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting functions, including compliance with regulatory accounting standards and practices, SEC reporting, technical accounting policy, accounting systems and operations and shared services. Ben also supports SAIC's business sectors and functional teams, in providing accounting guidance on contemplated transactions.
Ben has extensive accounting and finance experience gained from working for the Big Four accounting firms and companies across multiple industries. Prior to joining SAIC in March 2021, Ben served as a vice president and assistant corporate controller at Leidos, leading the technical accounting policy group, SEC reporting, revenue accounting and consolidation teams.
Ben earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University and a master’s in business administration from George Washington University. He is also a certified public accountant, licensed in Virginia. Ben is a board member of JONDA, a nonprofit organization that helps pay school fees and provides support to needy children in Kenya, where he grew up before moving to the United States in the early 1990s. See Ben's full story. >
Personal motto: Stay calm, stay positive, do your best and nothing is impossible.