Survivor of Parents Killed in Military Service Helps Other Survivors Find Scholarships with Innovative Web Portal on TAPS Built with IntelliDyne's Pro-bono Support
Monday, October 06, 2014 3:41 PM
Falls Church, Virginia - October 6, 2014 - After tragically losing both parents to military service and struggling to finance her college education, Ashlynne Haycock had every right to ask other people for help. But instead, this remarkable young lady was inspired to work with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to create an innovative web portal that connects other survivors of those killed in action with support and financial assistance.
Ashlynne is a living example of how to move forward in the face of even the most extreme hardship and use it for inspiration to make the world a better place. She overcame the unspeakable loss of both parents with support from TAPS. “Knowing that there were people there to help me deal with it made me really want to have the opportunity to do the same for others,” she said.
Her father passed while training for Army deployment when Ashlynne was ten years old, and she had some great experiences attending the TAPS Good Greif camp growing up. Even at a young age, Ashlynne showed tremendous strength by refusing to be crippled by her grief. Motivated to make a difference in the lives of others, after attending as a camper she returned to the TAPS camp as a counselor.
As a young woman still coping with the death of her father, Ashlynne was struck with yet another heartbreak when she lost her Air Force Veteran mother to suicide the final week of her sophomore year of college at American University in Washington, D.C. Her U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scholarship did not come close to covering her out-of-state tuition, no federal aid was available because of her newly independent filing status, and she could not secure any private loans without a co-signer.
“I had no idea there were any scholarships available for me. I thought I was completely on my own,” said Haycock. Left as a grieving nineteen-year-old student with no way to pay for her education, Ashlynne remained steadfast in moving forward with her dream of graduating college when many would be tempted to give up.
She reached out to Bonnie Carroll, President of TAPS, who provided valuable support during her time of grief and connected her with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. The organization paid off Ashlynne’s student debt and covered the remaining cost of her education and living expenses while in college.
Throughout her life, Ashlynne has refused to allow the pain associated with the deaths of her parents to destroy her innate passion for lending a hand to others. She was once again inspired to make a difference when she realized that other survivors must also be experiencing difficulty in identifying and applying for VA scholarships and locating information about other organizations that provide aid. A conversation with Bonnie just before graduation sparked the idea to provide a website for survivors to easily locate benefits for which they are eligible, as they were shocked that no such resource existed.
Upon graduation in August 2013, TAPS hired Ashlynne to the newly created position of Education Support Services Coordinator to research and organize available sources of aid. With the loss of her mother still fresh in her mind, she found the tenacity to stay focused on her mission and sort through the many laws and organizations providing aid to survivors of fallen service members. She worked full time to put together a comprehensive database of nearly 100 scholarships available for survivors of parents killed in action. Additionally, she found that 44 states offer in-state tuition waivers. Although it is estimated that there are hundreds of millions of dollars in unused scholarships for surviving military families, many individuals struggle to find and apply for the best scholarships available to them.
As a solution, Ashlynne envisioned an all-inclusive online information source for those who have lost loved ones to military service, where survivors could easily locate and apply for benefits. Her goal is to make it easy for students to start early in searching for scholarships so they can focus on college applications and selecting a school, rather than questioning whether they will even have the money to attend college.
In order to make this into a reality, Bonnie Carroll called Robert Grey, owner of IntelliDyne LLC, who was immediately willing to assist with the project. Four IntelliDyne employees volunteered as project managers, and they brought on an expert web developer to handle the technical aspects of adding this brand new section to the TAPS website, which is scheduled to launch by the end of June. “It’s awesome that IntelliDyne stepped up and did this for us,” said Haycock.
Users will answer a series of questions to find scholarships that cater to their unique situations. For example, a student whose father was killed in active Army duty, residing in Texas, and wanting to attend undergraduate school in Colorado could easily locate scholarships pertaining to that specific situation with just a few clicks. Once this process is complete, users can, at their discretion, send this information to a TAPS counselor for a follow-up.
“It’s a complicated process,” said Ashlynne, “We can help them with the application process, answer any questions they have, make sure they get connected to the scholarship, and know the application deadlines.” Looking ahead, she hopes that gathering this information will also allow TAPS to identify unfulfilled needs of relatives of fallen service members, allowing them to work with other organizations to create new scholarships and forms of aid.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:03 PM
Falls Church, Virginia - September 18, 2014 - Today, IntelliDyne, LLC has announced the results of an independent survey conducted by Great Rated!™. The Rating and Review highlights what makes IntelliDyne’s workplace culture great in areas like professional development and training, company atmosphere, benefits and rewards, among others areas.
IntelliDyne’s CEO Tony Crescenzo commented, “At IntelliDyne, we believe in creating an environment that provides exceptional opportunities for our employees. It’s what enables us to function as a strong team and helps employees go Above & Beyond in their work at IntelliDyne. Our culture is focused around each employee and we’re constantly developing new ways that IntelliDyne can support and encourage.”
“Great Rated!™'s unprecedented employee-centric Reviews provide job seekers a real behind-the-scenes look into these workplace cultures. They are deeply rooted in a philosophy of openness and reflect the general trend we see in the increasing importance of transparency for both employers and employees." said Kim Peters, CEO of Great Rated!™.
"Employees say IntelliDyne lives up to its goal to hire people for the long term," says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Great Rated!™'s Vice President and Senior Editor. "In addition to avoiding layoffs during the 2013 government shutdown, IntelliDyne also supports employees through flexible work arrangements and offers a workplace in which 90 percent of staff are confident that managers are consistently honest and ethical in their business practices."
The Great Rated!™ review is based on 157 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ±4.02.
About IntelliDyne IntelliDyne, LLC, is a consulting firm that enables better business performance through innovative technology solutions. We manage public sector programs that deliver higher operational efficiency and measurable value to clients. We advise, develop, and execute effective solutions in Information Assurance/Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Application Development and Mobile Computing, Analytics, Business Process Management, Data Center Consolidation, Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise Infrastructure Management. Learn more at www.intellidyne-llc.com.
About Great Rated! The Great Place to Work® Model forms the basis of Great Rated!'s methodology, and is relied on internationally as the premiere assessment of employer culture. Great Rated!™ tells the story of workplace culture to job seekers from the viewpoint of a company's own employees. Great Rated!™ reviews go well beyond a list of benefits or a handful of employee comments, to provide a comprehensive picture of what makes a company great. The site offers both ratings and reviews so that job seekers can easily compare the strengths and benefits across multiple organizations. Great Rated!™ works with a number of strategic partners including Simply Hired, and Digital First Media.
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Washington Business Journal Recently Interviewed IntelliDyne's Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Shirl Jenkins
Friday, July 18, 2014 12:43 PM
IntelliDyne's Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Shirl Jenkins was recently featured and interviewed by the Washington Business Journal on her roles at IntelliDyne.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:43 PM
Falls Church, VA. – June 23, 2014 – IntelliDyne, LLC, a leading Enterprise Infrastructure Management IT consulting firm is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Washington Post Top Workplaces.
The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.
IntelliDyne goes above and beyond to provide opportunities to empower, educate and improve the quality of life for its employees. As a result, IntelliDyne is frequently recognized for its culture of excellence. The Washington Post award follows closely upon recent recognitions including the 2014 Helios Apollo award, the 2014 Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award and the 2014 Alliance Workplace Excellence for Health & Wellness award. IntelliDyne’s award-winning HR initiatives also include charitable projects including the Souls4Souls campaign and the recent #365ActsofKindness4Vets social media campaign to support military veterans throughout the year. Overall, IntelliDyne is distinguished as a company that provides opportunities for growth and professional development along with opportunities for team members to make a positive impact on their communities.
“At IntelliDyne, we’re able to provide exceptional service to our clients because our team is proud to come to work every day. We make that possible by providing opportunities for health and wellness, opportunities to learn new skills and as well as opportunities for recognition for great work,” stated IntelliDyne CEO Tony Crescenzo. “The Washington Post award is an honor, and yet another validation of our culture of excellence.”
The Washington Post published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 22nd. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.
About IntelliDyne, LLC
IntelliDyne, LLC, is a consulting firm that enables better business performance through innovative technology solutions. We manage public sector programs that deliver higher operational efficiency and measurable value to clients. We advise, develop, and execute effective solutions in Information Assurance/Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Application Development and Mobile Computing, Analytics, Business Process Management, Data Center Consolidation, Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise Infrastructure Management. Learn more at www.intellidyne-llc.com.
IntelliDyne Promotes Shirl Jenkins to Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO); Jenkins Ascends from Director of HR to Top Executive Leadership Position in Less than 5 Years
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:04 AM
Falls Church, VA – June 17, 2014 – IntelliDyne, LLC, a leading Enterprise Infrastructure Management IT consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Ms. Shirl Jenkins, its Senior Vice President, has been promoted to the position Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Executive Vice President. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Jenkins will be responsible for the strategic development and senior management of IntelliDyne’s growing human resources organization, leading recruitment and retention and expanding its corporate culture as the company ramps up for significant anticipated growth in public sector Healthcare IT markets. With over twenty five years in the Human Resources field, Ms. Jenkins will continue to bring expertise in diversity, reward and recognition, talent acquisition management, and organizational and professional development to help IntelliDyne grow and thrive.
Tony Crescenzo, IntelliDyne’s CEO, stated “Shirl Jenkins is a tenacious corporate culture builder. Under her leadership, she has successfully initiated, developed and launched a series of the most significant human capital programs in our corporate history, resulting in IntelliDyne’s current success. Shirl has helped enhance our employee engagement, achieve higher employee retention and enabled the company to recruit top caliber talent. We are honored to recognize Ms. Jenkins for her proactive leadership role and her pivotal contributions to IntelliDyne’s growth.”
Since joining IntelliDyne in 2009, Ms. Jenkins has taken a leadership role in developing IntelliDyne into a recognized employer of choice. As a result of the programs Ms. Jenkins has established, IntelliDyne has earned unprecedented industry recognition in recent years, including 2014 Helios Apollo HR Award for Innovative Employee Development & Engagement Practices, 2014 Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award Finalist, 2014 Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE), 2014 AWE Health & Wellness Award, 2014 American Heart Association Fit Friendly Company and 2014 Washington Post Best Places to Work finalist.
Before joining IntelliDyne, Ms. Jenkins worked with SRA International for 18 years serving her last seven years as the Vice President of Human Resources. During her tenure at SRA, Ms. Jenkins won multiple internal and external awards and was widely recognized for her outstanding leadership efforts, including her role in positioning SRA for recognition as one of Fortune® magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 8 consecutive years.
About IntelliDyne, LLC
IntelliDyne, LLC is a consulting firm that enables better business performance through innovative technology solutions. We manage public sector programs that deliver higher operational efficiency and measurable value to clients. We advise, develop, and execute effective solutions in Information Assurance/Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Application Development and Mobile Computing, Analytics, Business Process Management, Data Center Consolidation, Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise Infrastructure Management