We’re Remote (And Loving It!)

Astyra's internal office at happy hour.
Astyra's Operations Team during a coffee date.
The stories are true, Astyra’s internal staff is working from home to serve you and our community!
 
Although this has been an adjustment from our typical processes, we are completely embracing remote work. Since we stopped coming to the office, we’ve tried different ways to stay in contact.
Some teams have daily calls, while others have weekly video conferences to encourage communication. Best of all, to maintain our company culture we have inspirational emails and fun group messaging activities to keep us connected!
 
Our newest idea is to watch a movie and discuss it weekly at our virtual happy hour! We are also doing a “30-day Song Challenge” where we each send a song to answer a daily question such as “a song you never get tired of” and “a song that needs to be played loud.”

We’re Hiring!

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Astyra is aggressively recruiting for contact tracing positions across the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you or someone you know may be interested, please apply here or by clicking the image!

Ken’s Double Feature

Our CEO, Ken Ampy, wrote two opinion pieces, one of which was featured in  The Virginian-Pilot  and the other in  The Richmond Times-Dispatch .  
 
His focus is on community change. He voices his opinion on the problem lying in Virginia’s workforce and public transportation necessities. In the articles, he calls on the state government to step up and work towards fixing these issues by offering manageable solutions.
 
What do you think Virginia government should do to help support our workforce and public transportation?

Contractor Spotlight: Gary Townsend

This quarter’s Contractor Spotlight goes to Gary Townsend!
 
Gary is an IT Project Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in their Network Division (Server Farm). He now has over 3 years of experience in IT project management because of this role with Astyra and is a proud member of our Astyra family!
 
Gary has spent much of his career working in the U.S. defense industry on products and projects to protect and enhance the capabilities of the warfighter. In addition, his career includes many years as a business owner, a direct employee, and a consultant/contractor, giving him a unique perspective on the needs and concerns of both employers and employees.
 
During his childhood, Gary’s father worked for Westinghouse and had the opportunity to relocate the family to Colorado and California before returning to their hometown of Baltimore. After graduating high school, Gary studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park (Go Terps!). He started his career in the field but soon caught the software bug and decided to transition into computer software development, first as a software developer and later as a senior software project manager.
 
Gary met his wife of 38 years while living and working in the Hunt Valley Maryland area. They moved to the York Pennsylvania shortly after getting married and have been there since. They have one daughter who is married and recently gave birth to her own daughter.