Supporting Veterans and Military Spouses
We're thrilled to present this roundtable discussion with leaders from Raytheon Technologies; an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. We'll be joined by Jessyka Alexander, Jason Bunting, Tamiko Pickering, Angela Brooks, Tina Harvey, Kristine Shirley, and Justine Ramos. We highly encourage you to join if you're interested in learning more about life at Raytheon Technologies.
Jessyka Alexander is currently an Operations Project Manager and Integrated Product Team Lead with the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Program. She has been with Raytheon for just under three years holding both Logistics and Operations roles within the program. Jessyka is active in the RAYVETS Employee Resource Group (ERG) and has most recently reached the role of Director of Communications for RAYVETS South Region. She is passionate about working with fellow employees who are veterans and who support our military.
Prior to Raytheon, Jessyka served four years in the US Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst with a deployment to northern Iraq from 2007-2009. After the military Jessyka pursued her B.S. in Aeronautics and her MBA with a focus in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining Raytheon, she had the privilege of working for ManTech International, Stericycle Environmental Services, Commercial Jet, and L3/Army Fleet Support… all as a proud military spouse. Jessyka also has passions in the fitness industry. She has taught group fitness classes, yoga classes, and was a Certified Personal Trainer.
Military service 1999 – 2006:
USNS Niagara Falls
USS John L Hall
Defense Intelligence Agency
Member of VFW
General Dynamics (2006 – 2007)
SGIS/Skillstorm (2007 – 2010)
Raytheon Technologies (2010 – Present)
Tamiko T. Pickering is Associate Director, Industrial Security serving as Product Line Business Partner (PLBP) for the Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems (ISRS) product line.
As a PLBP, Tamiko supports the Front End of the Business by ensuring that security capabilities and requirements are integrated as early as possible into all classified, Foreign Military Sales, and Direct Commercial Sales contract activities. Tamiko works directly with Product Area Directors, Chief Engineers, and Digital Technology to ensure that ISRS programs are security compliant to meet or exceed customer expectations.
Tamiko joined Raytheon Network Centric Systems (NCS) in November 2010. Raytheon Network Centric Systems was consolidated into Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) in April 2013. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems merged with Raytheon Information, Intelligence, and Services (IIS) to form Raytheon Intelligence & Space in April 2020.
Before her current role, Tamiko was Manager III, Industrial Security serving as the SAS Eastern Region Security Manager supporting Raytheon SAS locations in North Texas, Largo/St. Petersburg, FL; Warner-Robins, GA; Aberdeen, MD; Forest, MS; and Fort Wayne, IN. Prior to joining Raytheon, Tamiko was the FSO for Booz Allen Hamilton located in Colorado Springs, CO, and has also held positions with ManTech International and Honeywell Corporation.
Tamiko was recognized as a 2018 SAS Technical Honors recipient by her peers for her technical skill, leadership, and contribution to enterprise success. Tamiko served two terms as the Chapter Secretary for the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of The Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS). She has been a member of NCMS since 2006 and is a certified Industrial Security Professional having obtained ISP® certification through NCMS.
Tamiko holds a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO, and a bachelor's degree in computer networking from Regis University, Colorado Springs, CO.
Angela Brooks is a Navy Veteran and active-duty military spouse. She served for five years on active duty before being honorably discharged and transitioning to a career in Human Resources. Since departing the service Angela has spent over 20 years in Human Resources within the government contracting industry and earned a BS in Business and Master's in HR Management.
At Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Angela works in Talent Acquisition for our strategic hiring and front end of the business team. In addition, she volunteers with Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network in the Hampton Roads region.
As a Senior Solution Architect, Tina is part of a team of senior mission solution engineers who work directly with Raytheon's mission area Capture Managers, Technical Directors, Chief Engineers, and customers to help increase intimacy throughout the customer lifecycle. The Solution Architect team focuses primarily on early pursuit shaping and rapid prototyping, providing direct support in all areas of technology, customer engagement, and business development.
Tina served in the United States Air Force from 1985 to 2014, retiring as a Colonel. Her military service included two commands, including a 600-person Communications Group in Germany, providing network operations supporting sensitive intelligence and critical military operations and emergency communications in Europe and Africa. The group was selected as the Air Force's best large communications unit in Europe.
Kristine Shirley graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Civil Engineering and a Commission in the US Army. She attended the Officer Basic Course for Engineers in Fort Leonard Wood, MO and was stationed with the 62nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) at Fort Hood, TX . During her four years at Fort Hood she served as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and S-4 Logistics Officer. She also deployed to Honduras for 6 months in support of Operation Joint Task Force – Bravo.
In April 2002 she left the service and began her career at Raytheon, working in the Bid and Proposal group at Raytheon Precision Manufacturing in Dallas, TX. In September 2004 she was recalled back into the US Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kristine served as a Company Executive Officer in the 844 Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) completing many construction projects in Kuwait. In January 2006 she returned back to Raytheon and joined the Facilities Organization at Raytheon Precision Manufacturing.
Kristine Shirley used many of the leadership and construction skills gained during her service to support her career at Raytheon. She currently serves as a Facilities Manager at the RIS North Building Expressway site. While not at work, she enjoys her time off with her husband and two boys.
Justine Ramos is a training and development specialist for Raytheon Missiles and Defense based in Dallas, Texas. She has over 10 years of training and curriculum development experience where she single-handedly supervises, records, tracks all training programs, and effective online courses including employee training history and status reports of over 600 employees. As the site's first-ever training coordinator, she re-developed, created multiple online courses, and introduced new designs while utilizing different learning platforms and software to train employees in various learning environments. She also manages the site's company records to protect, control, and oversee vital company information efficiently and cost-effectively. Her passion for training comes from her fellow peers who encouraged her to pursue the career as they enjoyed her training sessions in preparation for the U.S. Navy's biannual advancement rate exams.
Before her career in Raytheon, she served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman from November 2011 to August 2018 where she graduated top of her class during her technical training school. One of her noted achievements included reaching the rank of E-1 to E-6 in less than 5 years and USS Ronal Reagan (CVN-76) Weapon's Department Sailor of the Year back in 2015. With her superb leadership and technical expertise, she led and directed over 100 personnel in the safe handling and building of 1,583 tons of conventional ordnance including rockets, missiles, and bombs valued at $600 million in support of the 7th fleet operational requirements from 2012-2015. By 2016, she was assigned to NATTC Pensacola as an AO instructor to "lead from the front", mentor, and train all the new sailors and marines who joined the military as an AO. She received her master training specialist qualification and ran the maintenance department as the leading petty officer.
Her educational background includes graduating from Southern Illinois University as a Cum Laude with a degree of B.S. Workforce Education and Development. She will also be graduating this December from the University of North Texas with a Masters in Learning Technologies. She is also enrolled this coming Spring of 2022 for her MBA in Strategic Management.Justine C. RamosTraining and Development Specialist
Supporting Veterans and Military Spouses
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Supporting Veterans and Military Spouses
We're proud to welcome our Pride at Work speaker again, Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality; New Jersey's largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization with over 150,000 members. Join us for this candid perspective and experience of being a LGBTQ partner and the fears that follow when your partner is on service.
Christian Fuscarino has deep roots in New Jersey, growing up in Belmar and spending much of his youth in and around Asbury Park. Fuscarino has been an activist and organizer in the LGBTQ community for over a decade. He credits his positive experiences in Asbury Park as helping influence him to become an activist. In 2016, PolitickerNJ named Christian the 2nd most influential advocate in New Jersey politics and later that year The Observer listed him on the Power List 100.
At GLSEN, Christian worked with high school Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) for several years. In 2007, Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer serving gay inner-city youth. That same year, he won a student Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his End the Silence public service announcement. In 2008, Christian founded The Pride Network, a national leadership development non-profit.
In 2013, Christian joined Alan van Capelle, former Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda, by serving as his digital strategist at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. They focused on mobilizing Jews to advance social issues by speaking out against injustice and inequality. One of the organization's greatest accomplishments was a campaign that resulted in California Governor Jerry Brown signing The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
SUPPORTING VETERANS AND MILITARY SPOUSES
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