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Corrie Waarum is a tenured Human Resources executive as well as a veteran, serving in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War as well as Air National Guard during Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom time periods. She is an accomplished leader with experience leading recruitment teams within large software, financial, logistics and healthcare firms. She began her career at Computer Associates Int'l, became a top-rated recruiter, and quickly took on management responsibilities. She has been able to use predictive analytics, alternative sourcing strategies, and enhanced employer branding programs to drive down the cost-per-hire and increase both the quality and time-to-fill. Corrie gained experience working with the business sides of organizations in determining root cause; developing organizational development/ culture improvement programs, assessment technologies, and improving applicant tracking systems. She honed experience partnering with training organizations to craft unique offerings which directly impact the development of candidates/employees, thus enabling the significant growth of large firms.
Corrie is passionate about hiring veterans. Corrie volunteers with many veteran organizations to assist veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Ms. Waarum studied at Trident University and Florida State College, as well as the Community College of the Air Force.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Baren served his country with two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, having been retired in the Wounded Warrior Regiment and returned to duty. While on active duty, he went on to complete his M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Duquesne University.
CEO, Founder - Baren Berg, served as business consultant for the Pennsylvania State University, Small Business Development Center (SBDC). As a consultant, he was responsible for the delivery of confidential business consulting, educational programming, and timely information.
Baren was employed as Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) with the federal government in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he spearheaded a strategic initiative to improve the overall entrepreneurial culture between the SBA and the VA, Veteran Business Outreach Center evaluation and strategic planning, which included the creation of an Interagency Memorandum of Understanding, and grant funding from the SBA. During his fellowship, Baren also worked with the National Office of Surgery and the Disability Medical Assessment office on special projects, focusing on strategic and implementation plans.
Christopher Fry is a native of Gatesburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating high school in 2002. He was activated in February of 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed with 2nd TSB as a motor vehicle operator and also crossed decked to support 3rd BN 23rd Marines. In 2004 Christopher deployed for the second time to support 3rd BN 5th Marines in the second battle of Fallujah. He was stationed with India Co, 3/5 during Operation Phantom Fury. In 2007, now CPL Fry, deployed for a third time to Iraq in support of 3rd BN 23rd Marines. His position of Battalion Loadmaster ensured all combat and logistical resupply convoys arrived to the given destination safely and with the correct supplies and personnel.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2010, Christopher attended PSU, and has worked on an oil platform. Since the down turn of the oil industry job market, Christopher has decided to pursue his passion to help veteran. He is a lifetime member of the Pine Grove Mills VFW, and has held cabinet positions in the Penn State Veterans Organization.
Jeffrey Richard Dryden holds a Masters in Social Work. Jeff served in the Marine Corps Reserves for 6 years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He had two combat tours in Iraq. He was wounded in Operation Phantom Fury while conducting house-to-house clearing operations and was awarded various awards including personal achievements of a Navy Achievement Medal with "V" for Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, and a Purple Heart. Jeff is currently married to his wonderful wife, Valerie. Together they have three children: Bryce, Jackson, and Olivia.
Dr. Decker is an Army veteran. He served on four combat deployments with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Decker was the first to graduate Ft. Lewis’s Primary Leadership and Development Course with a 100% average. He also represented the 75th Ranger Regiment in the 2007 Best Ranger competition and placed 7th with his partner. Dr. Decker is a graduate of the Purdue Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and possesses a PhD in Strategic Studies.