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ValidaTek Featured Employees

Get to know the people who make ValidaTek a success.

Gary Samuels

Gary SamuelsValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Gary Samuels for his hard work and dedication! Gary works as Deputy Operation Manager on the Department of State Vanguard 2.3.3 Enterprise Server Operations Center (ESOC) contract. Gary is responsible for leading the Level 1 engineers’ team for the Department of State Data Centers. Together, the L1 engineers form the first line of defense for all data center incidents. The team is accountable for routing all requests received by email, phone, and the ticketing system in order to assign accordingly. They also monitor all servers. Gary is very proud of his team and their amazing capabilities. He is currently working on getting his PMP certification; however, possesses multiple certifications already such as CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+ and ITILv3 Foundations. Gary joined the ValidaTek family in October of 2016 and when asked what he likes most about working for our company, he responded with, “Everything!” He added that he likes that the company is still relatively small, which provides an intimate and family-like feeling. Gary appreciates and loves the way ValidaTek takes care of its employees by ensuring every employees’ well-being and welfare is always first in thought. Gary has been very impressed with ValidaTek’s community service outreach and how much effort the company puts into making events a success. We would like to thank Gary for going above and beyond to help with the CMMI Level 5 services appraisal.  ValidaTek enjoys having Gary as part of the family and is grateful for his efforts!


Tajuana Gale

TajuanaValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Tajuana Gale for her hard work and dedication! Tajuana works as Project Manager for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) contract within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Tajuana and her team provide systems engineering, design, and operation support for USCG’s Maritime Awareness Global Network (MAGNet) enclave, a highly-complex, engineered Oracle Supercluster and data exchange storage system. Their main objective is vessel visualization and identification, data provisioning, analysis, multiple platform hosting and providing content management support across multiple Intelligence Systems. As project manager, Tajuana manages a team of 14 located at the Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), USCG Headquarters, Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic (MIFCLANT) and Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Pacific MIFCPAC. She oversees the day to day tasks and projects for the team and acts as the liaison between the team and the Government customer. She holds a Master’s of Science Degree from University of MD University College (UMUC) in Information Systems and as obtained her PMP, ITIL, and Security+ certifications. Tajuana became a ValidaTek employee in October of 2017 and when asked what she likes most about working for our company, she says she enjoys the small company feel where she is not considered just a number, but part of a close family. ValidaTek is extremely grateful to have Tajuana as one of our top performers and we would like to thank her again for all of her efforts!

David DeLeon

David DeLeonValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge David DeLeon for this hard work and dedication! David works as a Senior Enterprise Services Engineer for the Department of State (DoS) / Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) / Office of Consular Systems and Technologies (CST) / Consular Affairs IT Support and Services (CISS). David leads the Windows Services team and manages Windows systems such as Email Exchange, Active Directory and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Under his guidance, the team was able to increase the number of servers successfully patched monthly by SCCM from 845 servers to more than 1,300 of CA’s total 2,035 servers. With the new patching initiative, the average monthly deployment success rate on the initial deployment has increased to more than 90 percent. David is known as one of the ultimate “go to guys” for tasks faced on this project as he continues to assist with project planning and apply his knowledge of the CA environment. David became a ValidaTek employee in March of 2016, but has been working with CA since January of 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking Operation and has eighteen years of experience in IT.

When asked how he feels about working with ValidaTek, David stated that even though he is on a contract, ValidaTek ensures to make him and all other employees on contracts know they are still a part of the ValidaTek family. He enjoys working with such an amazing team that has been great throughout the years and together they enjoy each other’s successes.


Lovetta Serry

SerryITCValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Lovetta Serry (“Serry”) for her hard work and dedication! Serry was recently promoted to Service Desk Analyst Tier 2 on the U.S. International Trade Commission (US ITC) IT Service Desk and Systems Engineering contract. She now works closely with the cybersecurity team at ITC by performing patches and troubleshooting technical issues that are escalated from Tier 1. Serry became a ValidaTek employee in June of 2016, but has worked at ITC since April of 2015. She has several certifications under her belt such as CompTia A+, Security+, Network+ and an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) certification. Currently, Serry is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. When asked how she feels about working for ValidaTek, Serry stated that ValidaTek is one of the greatest companies she has ever worked for. She supported that with adding that she appreciates everything the management and the corporate staff does for ValidaTek employees such as recognition for work, the company culture and activities. Serry stated that as a ValidaTek employee, she does not mind waking up every morning to go to work because she knows that she is motivated to do the best she can and feels supported by everyone within the company to succeed.


Jose Orellana

Jose OrellanaValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Jose Orellana for his hard work and dedication! Jose works as a Help Desk Analyst with the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS) is an interactive computer system used to process and track the movement of refugees from various countries around the world to the U.S. for resettlement under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Jose is tasked with various duties including set-ting up users in the RSA system, administering accounts, posting reports, creating new links and modules in the website. Jose has been with ValidaTek since 2012. When asked about his favorite part about working for ValidaTek, Jose stated he enjoys the support that ValidaTek provides and he feels like part of the company. We thank Jose again for all his efforts!


Justin Bae

Justin BaeValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Justin Bae for his hard work and dedication! Justin is transferring to the Department of State (DoS) / Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) / Office of Consular Systems and Technologies (CST) CISS Task as a Firewall Engineer. Previously, Justin supported ValidaTek as a Senior Network Specialist on the DoS / Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) Vanguard 2.2.1 task. The project is part of the Department’s Information Technology (IT) consolidation program and is responsible for engineering and designing, securing, and operating and maintaining the critical IT infrastructures. On this task, Justin was in the Perimeter Security Division (PSD) for five years.

When asked about his favorite part about working for ValidaTek, Justin stated that he likes the small company feel and how ValidaTek treats its employees like family. We thank Justin again for all of his efforts!


Emily Gallo

EmilyValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Emily Gallo for her hard work and dedication! Emily began as an intern in the summer of 2013 in order to assist with obtaining CMMI Level 3 for Services and later returned to ValidaTek full time in June 2014 after graduating from the University of Richmond. Emily now works as Special Projects for the Corporate Services, Business Development, and Performance Monitoring & Optimization (PMO) teams. Special projects include: maintaining compliance to process and quality certifications, coordinating proposals, performing quality assurance, maintaining compliance for vendor technology partnerships, conducting research, and managing a variety of projects for Corporate Services and Business Development.

When asked about her favorite part about working for ValidaTek, Emily stated that although there are many companies in the Washington, DC area, it’s the people that set ValidaTek apart from the rest. The support she receives from the management team for her career development and growth has given her opportunities to grow professionally and she is excited to continue her career with ValidaTek. We thank Emily again for all of her efforts!


Tony Coello

Tony CoelloValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Tony Coello for his hard work and dedication! Tony works as a Monitoring Operations Lead for the Department of State (DoS) / Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) / Office of Consular Systems and Technologies (CST) IT Operational Support and Services (ITOSS) III task. ITOSS is responsible for the operations and maintenance of mission critical applications, infrastructure, systems and services that are fundamental to the processing of US Passports and Visas worldwide. Tony and his team are responsible for monitoring CA’s servers, applications, infrastructure, and network. To do this, they use a spread of different area-focused tools to cover monitoring needs such as polling performance metrics and KPIs, baselining and defining thresholds, system and network availability, network route monitoring and packet analysis, and much more. His latest project involves integrating different monitoring tools into a single view and writing rules and algorithms to correlate their events for better troubleshooting, as well as to analyze the relationships between those events. With a unified view, CA/CST will be able to create a more effective operations level dashboard for their Operations Center, as well as create an executive level dashboard for CA/CST Government managers. Tony has been a part of ValidaTek since February 2014 but has worked in CA since January 2009.

When asked about his favorite part about working for ValidaTek, Tony said that he loves how invested ValidaTek is to their employees and their continued path towards growth, yet still manage to be involved with the community with community service projects and other volunteer projects. We thank Tony again for all of his efforts!


Elisabeth Gagnon

Liz PicValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Elisabeth Gagnon for her hard work and dedication. She works on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) team, which provides PKI services to all of DHS. As a Registration Authority, Elisabeth issues digital certificates to those who work for DHS. She has implemented a tracking system for service requests that allows data to be analyzed for improvements as well as report service outages. Additionally, Elisabeth provides project management support for the team.

As part of her work, Elisabeth managed a briefing for the SBU team to present to executives at DHS in order to explain what the team does and why the service and tools they provide are important. She enjoys meeting and working with everyone, and appreciates the hard work that they all invest.


Neibert Wilson

ValidaTek Open House - Aug 2015.057 (2)ValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Neibert Wilson for her hard work and dedication. Neibert is a ValidaTek Accountant and has been a part of ValidaTek since March of 2014. She works at our ValidaTek Corporate Headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia and ensures all transactions are recorded accurately and timely in the correct accounting period. Neibert is also responsible for ValidaTek’s payroll processing within the Accounting team. At the end of each month, Neibert and the team work very hard verifying to have accounting statements accurately represent the company’s performance. They have to apply accounting knowledge and regulations when working with accounts payable and do that by following the Federal Accountant Regulations (FAR).

Neibert’s goal is to optimize accounts payable so that statements will be ready for management review in a timely manner. She enjoys the environment she works in and the workplace relationships she has made during her time at ValidaTek.


Tyrone Cook

Tyrone CookValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Tyrone Cook for his hard work and dedication. Tyrone is a Level 1 Data Center Support Technician for the Department of State-Vanguard 2.3.3- Enterprise Server Operations Center (ESOC) contract. Tyrone is responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the Data Center systems at the Department of State. Him and his team are first to respond and send notifications for any technical issues, perform systems availability monitoring and reporting, maintain knowledge base documentation, provide a timely response to customer queries for assistance, and much more.

Tyrone has been working at the Department of State since he was 21 years old and we were pleased to have him join our ValidaTek family in November of 2013. His career life has been enjoyed on the ESOC project since he graduated college and believes that his co-workers have become more like family. They have seen each other grow professionally since they began their careers and are proud of each other’s achievements along the way. Tyrone’s motivation to always keep the customer satisfied and stand as a role-model employee for his co-workers are just two of his many strengths. We would like to thank him again for all of his efforts to please the customer through his consistently outstanding performance!


Reena Mahboob

ReenaM ValidaTek would like to thank and acknowledge Reena Mahboob for her hard work and dedication. Reena is the Project Manager of the Department of State’s Population, Refugee, and Migration Enterprise System (PRiMES) project. PRiMES is a SharePoint based .NET application that maintains the funds for the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration (PRM) and also manages the Bureau’s performance. While Reena has only been with ValidaTek since June, she has been involved in the project since January of 2012. She has become a valuable asset for ValidaTek as the “go-to” person for both the development team and the customer. In addition to her role as Project Manager, Reena also works with requirements management, internal testing, and provides training on the application.

Reena and her team have been working hard the last 3-4 months to develop the application after championing a re-design to a SharePoint based application. Several users and high-level Government officials have seen the application now and are amazed and impressed.

Reena has also been instrumental in working within the ValidaTek EPIC Team in getting appraised at CMMI Level 3 for Development. Taking initiative and responsibility, staying accountable, and going the extra length to make sure all aspects of the project are successful are Reena’s strengths. We would like to thank her again for all her efforts!