This year's theme is 'The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,' celebrating and honoring the history, culture, and contributions of Black Americans and our Black colleagues
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions and achievements that the Black community has made in U.S. history, and we are pleased to spotlight some our colleagues who have made remarkable contributions here at SAIC.
Learn more about our inclusion and diversity initiatives, including the ways in which we are supporting and investing in Black-affiliated organizations whose missions align with our inclusion and diversity and racial equality goals. We are proud to honor our most recent partnerships with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which provides scholarships to students at public HBCUs, and Black Girls Code, which provides girls of color ages 7 to 17 with opportunities to learn in-demand technology skills.
Similarly, to address inequity and injustice in our communities, we support the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to challenge racial injustice and poverty and advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system.
Mark Escobar, SAIC Chief of Business Operations; Executive Sponsor of the Multicultural Business Resource Group
"We proudly celebrate our Black history makers, colleagues at SAIC, friends, families, and loved ones, and we are reminded that inclusion and diversity are the cornerstone to success and positive change in the future."
Bridget Chatman, SAIC Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility
"Black History is American History. Although many glass ceilings are being shattered, we still have much more work to do to achieve equality. In honor and celebration of this year’s Black History Month, we would like to highlight one of our core values: Inclusion. As a company, we hope to leave an indelible imprint on our nation’s legacy for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion while also advancing the power of technology and innovation to serve and protect our world."
Senior Director of Engineering and Mission Services, Defense and Civilian Sector
Frank Black joined SAIC in 2019 as part of SAIC’s acquisition of Engility Corp. and is currently a senior director of engineering and mission services for our Defense and Civilian Sector. He leads a diverse team of program managers and engineers in support of the Federal Aviation Administration’s mission and is responsible for a team of more than 270 employees. Frank began his career as an air traffic controller at Chicago Center and was a union representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He also served as the Regional President of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). He retired in 2015 from the FAA after 28 years of civilian service. Throughout his career, he has held numerous positions, including the first African American to lead New York ARTCC as Air Traffic Manager.
Favorite quote: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” —Frederick Douglass
Chief Architect and Senior Principal Space Systems Engineer, National Security and Space Sector
Anthony is a chief architect and senior principal space systems engineer for the National Security and Space Sector. In this role, he is responsible for leading systems engineering efforts, acquisition strategy, and technical support to the Space Force, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, and Directorate of Special Programs (SMC/SP) on space control systems to gain, maintain, and exploit space superiority. He directs and manages technical programs and systems engineering of large-scale space and ground systems; technical demonstration space and ground systems; and program system safety needs.
Blow joined SAIC in 2020 as a member of the Horizon 2 program in El Segundo, California, where he heads the systems of systems architecture strategy for a Space Force program and leads initiatives in Digital Engineering. Early in his career, Blow served as a third officer with the Merchant Marine and Military Sealift Command and conducted anti-piracy operations off the coast of east Africa.
Blow is a proud Dallas, Texas native, currently based in Los Angeles. He enjoys sailing, bicycling, traveling, and volunteering.
Favorite quote: “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” —Michael Jordan
Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Defense and Civilian Sector
Steffanie is vice president of Strategy and Planning for the Defense and Civilian Sector. Prior to joining SAIC in 2020, she served as director, Navy Staff for the U.S. Navy becoming the first civilian to hold the position. In this role she served as the senior civilian and coordinated enterprise level efforts across the Navy staff, ensuring alignment of more than 400 Flag Officers and senior executives in direct support of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Throughout her career, she served in a number of high impact positions in the Department of Defense including acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. She has been recognized with multiple awards including the Presidential Rank Award; the Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award; the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award; and the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award. She is also the recipient of the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement and the 2009 National Women of Color Award for Managerial Leadership.
Steffanie also participates in various boards, including the board of directors for Fincantieri Marine Group, the board of directors for the Military Bowl Foundation, a nonprofit that supports our nation’s current and former service members, and the NC State Engineering Foundation board of directors.
Favorite quote: “There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” —Kurt Hahn
Program Management and Quality Assurance Director, Defense and Civilian Sector
Anita Henderson-Carlos is a program management director and quality assurance director in the Defense and Civilian Sector for the Vanguard contract supporting the Department of State, which is worth approximately $2.5 billion and employs roughly 900 SAIC and subcontract employees.
Anita joined SAIC in 1988 as software engineer where she successfully oversaw the U.S Air Force’s Strategic Command in Testing of war planning systems and help them to achieve the first Air Force Capability Maturity Model level three certification the direction of the Air Force War Planning Commander and the Department of Defense. With more than 30 years of experience, Anita’s career has flourished as she continues to assume roles of increasing authority primarily in systems/software engineering and quality assurance, quality management, and process improvement.
Anita is a member of the SAIC Women’s Business Resource Group. She also received the SAIC CEO Award in 2017 as the Unsung Hero and served as the President of the SAIC Women’s Network from 2011 to 2015 for the National Capital Region. She is an ISO–certified internal auditor and has received letters of recognition from the Department of State.
Favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives for DoD, National Security and Space Sector
Fred Henry is a director for Strategic Growth and Initiatives for the National Security and Space Sector with a focus on the Department of Defense. Henry joined SAIC in March 2020 as part of the acquisition of Unisys Federal. At Unisys Federal, he served as a client executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and DOD agencies portfolio.
Henry served 30 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 2014 as a Brigadier General. During his successful military career, he held numerous operational, technical and leadership positions that culminated with his final assignment as the chief of staff for DISA. In 2013, he was inducted into the Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Bay State Battalion, Military Hall of Fame and named the Fitchburg State University Alumni of the Year.
Henry is an active member of his community and currently serves on the advisory board for the DJ Dream Fund Foundation and on the board of directors for the Prince William County Virginia Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) D.C. Chapter.
He also serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) at First Mount Zion Baptist Church and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Favorite quote: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But by all means, keep moving.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cybersecurity Business Engagement and Senior Manager for Business Operations
Fattis Mann is the senior manager of the Cybersecurity Business Engagement team within SAIC’s IT Office in the Business Operations Group.
Mann joined SAIC in 2013 as lead risk management cyber security analyst where he successfully supported the review of all enterprise applications and helped build and implement the first enterprise security services program. Day One post–split goals were achieved by insourcing the security operations center, computer incident response team, and Sarbanes-Oxley monitoring programs previously provided by the former Cyber Business Unit.
Throughout his career, Mann has led teams focused on national security, cyber security, law enforcement information systems security, and application development. He has also supported teams for local and federal governments and other corporate enterprise organizations from small businesses to large Fortune 100 and 500 companies during their multiple merger and acquisitions to include securing a manufacturer of propulsion listening technologies for the largest U.S. Navy prime contractor of those technologies.
Favorite quote: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair a broken men.” —Frederick Douglass
Proposal Director for Business Operations
Jeaneen is a proposal director within SAIC’s Business Operations where she leads three areas: proposal production, editing, and graphics. Additionally, her team manages the Virtual Proposal Center (VPC), Vendor and Demand Management, and Requirements Driven Outlines (RDOs).
Throughout her career, Searles has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, leading teams focused on proposal development. She has more than 20 years of experience across the proposal development life cycle, specializing in compliance and coordination.
She is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and Women in Technology (WIT).
Favorite quote: “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” —Lucille Ball
Vice President of Programs, National Security and Space Sector
Cynthia is vice president of programs for the National Intelligence Community (NIC) Business Unit within the National Security and Space Sector. She leads the company’s U.S. Government (USG) Division focused on bringing digital transformation and engineering solutions to U.S. government customers within the Intelligence Community.
With more than three decades of experience within the Intelligence Community and nearly two decades of combined service in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves as an intelligence officer, Cynthia brings unique and dynamic experience to SAIC and its customers.
Prior to joining SAIC in 2019, Cynthia was the senior director of Special Programs Sales for CenturyLink’s Strategic Government segment, a vice president for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and vice president and operations manager at SAIC, now Leidos. She also worked as an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a member of the technical staff at GTE.
Cynthia is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). She serves on Senator Chris Van Hollen’s Service Academy Nomination Board, and is a former Executive Committee member of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC).
Shelton is a 2018 Federal News Weekly FED 100 winner and a 2013 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Pioneer Award.
Favorite quote: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt