Get to Know HQ: Kylene Henson

At VMSI, our employees are what make us valuable. In order to connect with our customers and employees near and far, VMSI is engaging in a social media web series introducing our headquarters staff to the world. With random interview questions, you’re sure to learn something new and interesting about those working in the corporate office!

Kylene has been VMSI’s Director of Recruiting since October 2016.  Kylene, her husband, Matt, two sons, and two dogs (Griffin and Gibbs) reside in Fairfax, VA. Her hobbies include Crossfit, running, watching her favorite D.C. sports teams (CAPS, NATS, SKINS!) and spending time with friends and family.pic 4

Random Facts

What is your favorite cereal?

Reese’s Puffs, due to a slight (ok, major) peanut butter obsession.

What movie do you absolutely refuse to watch and why?

Finding Nemo, because “Nemo” is one of 20 words my 2-year-old says constantly, and it’s all he wants to watch!

Name one thing you’re willing to spend more money on to make sure you get the best quality.

Workouts, for sure – especially Crossfit! – because fitness and being pushed to the limit is instrumental in maintaining a positive atmosphere! Also, rocking seats at a concert or show –with two young kids, it’s difficult to get out, so spending money on experiences and not THINGS creates the best memories.

What is your most used emoji?

Easily the cry laugh emoji, the most commonly used by a landslide. Also heart eyes.

If you could be cast in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and which character would you want to play?

I would kill it as Alan from the Hangover! I get my ability to deadpan from my Dad, but it’s even funnier coming from him because he’s not actually trying to make people laugh. I also think it would be really fun to play Will Ferrell in Elf, Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids and Will Ferrell (Ricky Bobby) in Talladega Nights.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? 

Spend with my family and friends, work out, and sleep. All of these things are instrumental to re-energize my brain and regain focus.

What job at VMSI would you be terrible at and why?

I think Ken’s role as CEO. He is generous with his time and his value add is infinite, given his diverse background. He can look at something from the perspective of a CEO, military officer, branch chief, employee, subcontractor, prime contractor, incumbent, potential bidder…you name it. Ken shares his knowledge freely everywhere he goes and encourages people to discover their best selves. I don’t think there’s any more valuable currency than the effect you have on others. Learning this from Ken makes me strive to be better in my own job.

As colleagues, I believe we can benefit from showing each other patience, and honoring what each of us brings to the table. Even if it’s something you think you could never do, we can respect individuals for their inherent capabilities. Our team is all about complimenting each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you had a talk show, who would your first three guests be?

Rose, Sophia and Blanche, of course!

Toilet Paper: over or under?

It’s hilarious to me that this would even be a topic of discussion – insert crying emoji laugh here – I have no preference and I’d never notice either way.