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Empower AI uses innovative technologies and their specialized platform to support federal missions and empower agency personnel to solve unique government challenges​.

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Robert Shook - Army Counterintelligence and Technical Security Specialist

From Army counterintelligence to technical security specialist, Robert Shook has made service his...

Katrina Whitenack - Army Combat Medic and Medical Reviewer

After 5 years in the Army, Katrina Whitenack turned her experience as a Combat Medic into a succe...

Judith Buford - Naval Reservist and Medical Reviewer

Judith Buford uses her experience in organization and time management from her time as a Naval Re...

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Melissa Rinehart - CMS PERM Assistant Project Director

Melissa Rinehart - CMS PERM Assistant Project Director

What does being a “Assistant Project Director” mean?

Being an Assistant Project Director can mean so many things, including ensuring the staff on my contract have the support and resources needed to be successful. It also means supporting staff with professional development and lending an extra set of hands wherever and whenever needed on the contract.

How did you find yourself on this path?

I started in employer-based insurance at a very young age and found that I loved working with insurance and claims; however, I was always interested in management. I started in this company as a data analyst and worked my way into management so I could combine these two interests.


Who has motivated you the most in your career / life?

My parents and family have been huge motivators. They have always supported and encouraged me. I have been very fortunate to have had some amazing co-workers throughout my career, and I see the challenges they deal with every day. They truly motivate me to give them my best effort.


What life challenges have resulted in the most unexpected positive results?

Very early in my career, at a previous employer, my manager pulled me aside to tell me I had advanced as far as I could in the company without a degree. She encouraged me to earn a degree to give myself a fighting chance at promotions. I did just that. I earned my BSBA while working full-time. Ten years later I returned to school to earn my MBA. I learned invaluable skills while earning my degrees that have certainly had a positive impact on my life and career.


What is the favorite place you have lived and why?

I have always resided in Columbus, Ohio. I could choose to live in a number of different places and maybe I will one day, but Ohio has my heart. It is a great place to raise a family, it’s rich in history, and has a great number of places to explore no matter what your interests are. I would be evicted from the state if didn’t mention my beloved Buckeyes and TBDBITL (to my fellow Ohioans – O! -H!).


What is your favorite book and/or movie of all time?

In honor of Women’s History Month, I highly recommend the movie Hidden Figures.


What are the 3 pieces of advice you would give women in our industry?

  1. Do not be afraid to go first/try something new. Even if you fail, you gain valuable experience.

  2. Believe in yourself. We all have motivators and encouragers, but you need to be one for yourself too.

  3. Make a conscious decision to be positive every day. You will attract other positive people and have a more fulfilling work life.


What woman or women in history do you admire most and why?

Katherine Johnson – She lived such an interesting life. Trying to solve “race to space” challenges for her country while dealing with daily reminders that she was different and did not belong.


What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is a reminder to me to celebrate our accomplishments. We have always been here making important contributions to society. Celebrate that and remember to support each other’s efforts.

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