Committed To Giving Back

Mark Thompson.
Denise and Melanie pictured with Keynote Speaker, Vernice "Flygirl" Armour.
Brittany Brown.

Astyra is proud of our staff who engage in community service initiatives. Below are some highlights of employees who were active in the community in 2015. 

Mark Thompson, Astyra’s CFO, is a member of the Sports Backers Presidents Council Executive Committee and served as the Chair for the Scholar Athlete dinner, held on June 2, 2015. He has been with the group for 5 years.
Melanie Parrish, Director of Client Accounts and Denise White, Recruiting Team Lead attended the First Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, co-hosted by VCU and the Greater Richmond Society of Human Resource Management on June 26, 2015. 
The symposium brought together business, academic and community leaders as well as human resource, diversity and inclusion professionals to promote the widespread value of diversity and inclusion. 
Keynote speakers included Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, America’s First African American Combat Pilot, Former Captain in the United States Marines.

In August, 2015 Technical Recruiter, Victor Rogers was selected to be part of Mentor Richmond, hosted by the Greater Chamber Richmond Chamber. Click here to learn more. 
Brittany Brown came from a cheerleading background, and just couldn’t refuse Astyra’s President, Sam Young when he requested that she help coach a cheerleading squad with the Wells Athletic Association.
Brittany truly enjoyed the experience and she commented, “Not only did I have the opportunity to work with talented girls who were doing something I love, the exercise didn’t hurt either!” 

Melissa’s Big Day!

Pictured above are Astyra employees at Lake Anna, VA
Astyra’s Director of Operations, Melissa Silver got married last year!
Astyra staff members celebrated with her in September at a party held at Lake Anna, VA, but the couple flew back to Melissa’s home country, South Africa for the actual ceremony.
Melissa and Scott were married in a small ceremony in the Western Cape on October 24, 2015.
The couple enjoyed the special time together in South Africa with both of their immediate families present for the big day! 
Melissa and Scott tie the knot!

Astyra Visits The Reinhart Guest House

Ken Ampy is on the St. Mary’s community foundation board and has volunteered to make meals at the Reinhart Guest House 4 times. 
Ken’s passion for the community has resulted in Astyra staff getting involved too. 
We made dinner for the guests at the start of the year, and decided to return again on December 16, 2015. 
Astyra’s office opened a little late that day as we spent the morning preparing breakfast for the guests staying at the house. 
We made “make-your-own” breakfast burritos for the guests!
There are many ways you can get involved. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the guest house, click here.  

Healthcare Staffing Ventures

Ken Ampy and Angela Wilkes at the NAHSE Conference in New Orleans.
2015 was a very important year for Astyra in the healthcare sector. 
DMAS exercised their renewal options for the Behavioral Health Services Administrator Contract with Magellan Health. This means that Astyra’s role as the provider for Customer Service Associates for the Magellan of Virginia Behavioral Health Program will be extended through 2018. 

Astyra continued to develop our relationship with KEPRO, a leading healthcare management company headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, assisting on direct hire placements in Florida and Ohio.
Owners, Ken Ampy and Sam Young spent some time traveling to different states in an effort to learn more about how Astyra can help with the staffing needs of this important industry. 
They attended the NAHSE Conference in New Orleans in October, and traveled to Detroit and Nashville, where they visited local hospitals to see the behind-the-scenes of the hospital system.