At Amentum, we celebrate our people, our cultures, and we recognize the value of diversity and inclusion. For February, we’ll reflect on what Black History Month means to all of us while shining a light on one employee at a time. Amentum’s next spotlight is a Q&A with Irishia Caroline, Program Manager, ES&T.
How did you come to join Amentum?
I started with METIS in 2018, supporting the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and joined Amentum through acquisitions.
What is your professional and personal background?
I have worked at FinCEN as a Financial Crimes Analyst for over 11 years. I’m from Suffolk, Virginia. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 with a BS in Criminal Justice and a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
I conduct financial analysis to help combat money laundering related to crimes such as terrorism. My work makes a positive impact as it promotes national security.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
In 2011, I started as a junior analyst supporting FinCEN. I received promotions throughout the years and now support the contract as a Program Manager.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
One of the things I enjoy most about working for Amentum is the implementation of programs such as the Women’s Employee Resource Network (WISE) which offers me a support group of like-minded women in the workplace.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about cooking. I enjoy finding new recipes to make and share with my family.
What’s your career advice?
To develop a skill that will distinguish yourself from others.
What does safety mean to you or do you have a favorite safety tip?
Safety means being aware of risks and taking appropriate steps to protect yourself and others.
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
I think the best invention is the cell phone. I live away from family and my phone provides me with a way to remain in constant communication with loved ones.
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
I am an active member in my community. I volunteer weekly at my son’s school, serve as a PTCO committee member, and sit on the Advisory Council.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History month is a celebration, where we acknowledge the difficult past but rejoice in the future and what that brings for upcoming generations.