Congratulations to the eXXec class of 2017! Each coming year those who participate in the eXXec program will be recognized for their time spent learning and growing as leaders. Learn more about our past eXXec alumni below.
Manager of Manufacturing Integration
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS)
Allison Shook is manager of manufacturing integration for Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Manassas facility.
In this role, Ms. Shook is responsible for manufacturing, test, manufacturing engineering, and product quality.
Previously, Ms. Shook served as manager of production planning and control for Lockheed Martin’s RMS Palm Beach facility and was responsible for managing all material inbound and outbound to support production and engineering development.
Ms. Shook joined Lockheed Martin in May 2008 as a member of the Operations Leadership Development Program (OLDP) where she completed a variety of assignments within the Operations. Upon completion of OLDP, Ms. Shook continued her career within Production Operations and worked assignments of increasing responsibility within the corporation. Ms. Shook’s background includes manufacturing engineering, supply chain, and manufacturing floor supervision.
Ms. Shook holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management and an MBA from Indiana University.
Chitra Prakash is a Director at Verizon IT Cloud and Platform Services. In her current role, she has responsibility for implementing and managing the X86 private cloud as well as the public cloud engineering and support activities for Verizon IT. She provides leadership for teams focused on Cloud Orchestration and Automation, Platform, Infrastructure Engineering, and Cloud PMO functions for all Windows and Linux platforms within Verizon IT.
Chitra has 20+ years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Her areas of expertise include implementation of multiple cloud solutions for IaaS and PaaS using multiple providers such as VMWare, Openstack, AWS, Cloudfoundry, Cloud orchestration and automation for multi-cloud strategies, leading major technology refresh initiatives in the SAN, Storage and Server platforms within Verizon IT and championing large transformational projects with focus on new hardware/software technologies.
Chitra holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Masters in Business Administration, and is also Project Management Professional (PMP) certified.
B.S. Industrial Engineering, M.S. Engineering Project Management, University of Wisconsin- Platteville (USA)
Clementine Uwineza is native of Rwanda (Africa) and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with Industrial Engineering degree.
Uwineza is a Quality Manager with extensive professional experience and significant leadership accomplishments in business and philanthropy.
Uwineza started at John Deere as quality/manufacturing engineer in 2005. She has been in leadership role since 2008 and led multiple process improvements in supply chain and quality. Currently Uwineza is responsible for developing supply quality strategies and integration of quality into strategic sourcing supply chain. She manages quality performance of 600 suppliers globally and leads a global strategic supplier quality engineers' team focusing on powertrain commodity.
Uwineza has been a SWE member for the last past 12 years. As an advocate for women engineers, she helped launch a JD SWE employee resource group at John Deere in 2008 which she chairs currently. Through this effort John Deere achieved 91% increase in SWE membership in the last 4 years. Uwineza is a Co-Chair for SWE Corporate Partnership Council.
Uwineza serves as a board member for Quad City Habitat for Humanity Chapter. In addition she leads the Uwineza family foundation "Tasukete Abandi" focusing on one family/one community at a time to improve lives through education, empowerment, opportunity creation, and sustainability ownership for a better tomorrow.
Natural Language and Dialogue Lead, Cognitive Business Decision Support, IBM Canada
Eniko is a pioneer in one of the most fascinating and important aspects of modern computing. With a deep understanding of clients’ needs, cognitive computing and natural language processing, she has a rare ability to identify technology gaps. As part of the IBM's Global Cognitive Business Decision Support Center of Excellency, Eniko applies her expertise in natural language processing to cutting-edge technologies, finding and developing solutions for clients in nearly every industry.
Stemming from her engineering background, she is an innovator and inventor, Eniko holds numerous patents in natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Her breakthroughs have driven solutions that have doubled success rates compared with classic search portals. Her expertise doesn’t stop at inventing, however; she’s skilled at execution, and loves seeing complex projects through, from concept to delivery. More than a technical expert, Eniko is a true leader. A respected manager of people, she builds and leads multifaceted project teams, training and mentoring the next generation of artificial intelligence experts at IBM.
Supply Chain Director, Lockheed Martin
Janine Collins is the Director of the Material and Services Supply Chain Center for the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Division. In this role, Ms. Collins is responsible for managing the supply chain for ~$1B of material and services supporting manufacturing operations for the RMS Division.
Her professional experience spans 24 years of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain, Engineering, and Operations. Ms. Collins has held several management positions at Lockheed Martin including, Procurement Engineering Sr. Mgr, Category Management Sr. Mgr, IT Governance Manager and Facilities Engineering Manager.
Ms. Collins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University, a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern University and has completed the Supply Chain Strategy and Management Program at the Sloan School of Management – Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2015, Ms. Collins was recognized by Women of Color Magazine as a Technology Rising Star. Within Lockheed Martin, she has been recognized as a NOVA awardee; Lockheed Martin’s highest honor for performance and service, Mentor of the Year, and Performance Excellence. Ms. Collins mentors several Lockheed Martin employees and is also active in her community.
After graduating from Spelman College, with a degree in Math & Computer Science, I accepted a position as an Actuarial Intern with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance, in Boston, Massachusetts. It didn’t take long to realize that sitting in an office hovering over statistics related to illness and death each day, was NOT a fit for my more social personality. After months of never ending snow and frigid temperatures, (and admitting that giving my calculator a name was not a good sign), I packed up my things, moved back to Maryland and went to work at IBM as an Application Programmer.
Over 36 years, I’ve held many roles at IBM including Class Instructor, Systems Engineer, Client Architect, Business Unit Executive and have led Strategic Growth Teams including a team of Cloud Architects, each focused on helping clients leverage technology to achieve their business objectives. IBM has provided an environment where I’ve merged my passion for helping others with a life of continued learning. Since I was a child, I’ve always loved solving puzzles. To me, finding new ways to use Hybrid Cloud, Analytics and other Cognitive solutions to solve complex problems is just like working a logic problem or jigsaw puzzle. The required information or pieces are all available, the key is fitting them together in a way that produces something amazing.
I’ve taken this same theme into the personal side of my life. When not enjoying time with my kids or grandson, I can be found knitting, taking long walks with my dog or performing in a Ballroom Dancing competition with my husband. The challenge to learn new steps and perfect our technique keeps us active, engaged and always laughing!
Director of Engineering
Tactical Aircraft & Vertical Lift Program Engineering
Engineering, Modifications & Maintenance
Lori Schneider is the Director of Engineering for Tactical Aircraft and Vertical Lift Program Engineering in Boeing Global Services. She leads a team of program chief engineers and systems engineering and integration engineers that provides post-production engineering, modifications, and sustainment for a portfolio of military tactical aircraft and rotorcraft platforms to include F/A-18, F-15, F-22, T-38, T-45, AV-8B, CH-47, AH-64, AH-6 and V-22. She has responsibility for technology roadmaps, investment strategy, and employment of engineering processes and tools to increase productivity and ensure first time quality.
Prior to her current role, Schneider was the program manager for the Small Diameter Bomb and derivative programs in the Boeing Military Aircraft business where she was responsible for the production, aircraft integration, derivative development and sustainment of the weapon system for the United States Air Force and global allies.
Schneider has held numerous positions across the company in increasing responsibility in engineering, program management, strategy and business development. She was also a participant in the Enterprise Auditor Program, a leadership development program and part of the Corporate Audit organization, where she managed geographically distributed teams evaluating the effectiveness of operational and financial internal controls.
Schneider joined Boeing in 2002 as a systems engineer on the Missile Defense Ground-based Midcourse Defense program after beginning her engineering career at Lucent Technologies in Bell Laboratories.
Linda has been with Caterpillar Inc. for 29 years since receiving her B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla. In 1995 she earned a M.S. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Manufacturing from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She has held positions at Caterpillar in Engineering, Manufacturing and Marketing organizations and has lived in the U.S. and Japan. She currently manages Materials Research globally for Caterpillar Inc.
Linda has served as a member of the Corporate Development Council at Missouri University of Science & Technology since 2009 and is currently a member of the Engineering and Computing Advisory Board. She received a Professional Degree from Missouri S&T in May, 2015 and was inducted into the Mines and Metallurgy Academy (lifetime appointment) in 2016.
Melinda Aquajah Riddick
Melinda Aquajah RiddickEngineering Supervisor for Light Fabrications in Medium Wheel Loaders, Caterpillar, Inc.
Born: Bronx, New York (currently reside in Aurora, IL)
Education: B. S. Electronic Engineering Technology - University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
First and foremost giving Honor to God, who is truly the Head of my Life. My journey started over 20 years ago from the task of turning on a Light Bulb in my High School Physics Class. It was a simple action, but a Life changing event that gave me the Light (courage) needed to explore possibilities not previously considered. That ‘light’/courage mentioned before put me on an incredible journey that has been a Blessing and afforded more than I ever could have imagined. From career perspective, traveled the world, lived in foreign country, granted a patent, and brought multiple Heavy Construction machinery to Production for Caterpillar that are still functioning today. From a personal perspective, had the pleasure of experiencing a vast variety of cultures that have forever enriched my life and evolved me into the person I am today.Drawing from those before me…Madame C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Maya Angelou, and many others. I’ve learned to, ‘Pay It Forward’ even when it’s deemed un-popular. It’s when you succeed that the un-popular become popular and cant’s become can’s.”“Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of the cloud of Doubt, and you never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far. So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.” (segment of the poem Don’t Quit – author: Unknown)
- Society of Women Engineer’s
- National Society of Black Engineer’s
- Aurora Actionaires (non-profit): Treasurer
- Main Baptist Church: Trustee
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Michelle Kababik began her career with Verizon Wireless in 1996 as a Fraud Analyst in Wallingford, CT. Throughout her career she has been a 611 Technical Support Supervisor, Customer Service Supervisor, Equipment Engineer and has held various Management positions in Network. Currently, she is a Director of Network Assurance.
- Born/Hometown: Born in St. Albans VT and grew up in Connecticut. She now resides in Georgia.
- Favorite Movie: Tommy Boy and Full Metal Jacket
- Favorite Leadership Book: The Multipliers
- Best Career Advice: Do what makes you uncomfortable and take risks.
- Motivational Quote: Just Do it!
- When you need to be inspired, what do you do? Call my peers or mentors for a pep call.
- Toughest Job you have ever had: Customer Service
Susan Peluso began her career with Verizon Wireless in 1992 as a Customer Service Specialist in Bedminster, NJ. Throughout her career, Susan has held management positions in several business units. Susan has been a Marketing Manager, Product Manager, IT Client Account Manager, Associate Director of Wireless Devices, Network Implementation Director and most recently Engineering Director of the TriState Sub Market.
Outside of work, Susan enjoys spending time outdoors, cycl ing, hiking, gardening and walking her rescued Greyhounds.
Tonya Del Maestro
Bio coming soon!
Tonya Del Maestro
Engineering Director Parenteral Manufacturing Eli Lilly and Company
Tracey Tomchick graduated from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1992.
I began my engineering career with Aker Kvaerner Pharmaceuticals (previously known as John Brown) as a process and later senior process engineer. From 1992 to 2003, I participated in conceptual and detail design, construction support and qualification for multiple projects.
In 2003, I joined ImClone Systems Corporation as a senior process engineer where I provided production technical support for ImClone’s single train GMP biopharmaceutical facility. In 2004, I took on a new role as process engineering manager and was responsible for managing all aspects of the processing engineering technical support, supervising 3 process engineers and managing process engineering capital.
In early 2011, I started an international assignment at Eli Lilly, Kinsale, Ireland as a project and tech transfer lead. After about a year in Kinsale, I took on the role as Biotech Process Engineering Team Leader, providing engineering leadership to a team of process engineers and consulting on the design of the multi-product strategy and cleaning programs for the new biopharmaceutical facility. In 2015, I was promoted to Engineering Director taking on responsibility for all of engineering for the Kinsale site, including maintenance and utilities.
Xinlin is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM Watson IoT organization. She provides technical leadership to the world-wide IBM Watson IoT Analytics and Blockchain development teams. Throughout her career, Xinlin took different technical and management positions across multiple IBM disciplines including research, development and client engagement. Xinlin is an IBM master inventor, the member of IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) and the author of over 40 journal and conference publications. Xinlin is passionate about mentoring and building technical community. She is fostering technical vitality by leading the Southern California Technical Vitality Council. She is also an IBM University Ambassador, building and maintaining strong relationships with Cal State University in Southern California.