Lauren Runco is the Director of Education and Employment at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Scranton and a master's in higher education administration from Marywood University. Previously she served as the Director of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University, as well as the VA Certifying Official and the SVA Chapter Advisor on its Scranton, Pennsylvania campus. She also draws from her personal experience as a military family member who understands firsthand the challenges that service members face as they enter higher education institutions and workplaces.
Lauren Runco has served as the NASPA Region II Representative of the Veterans Knowledge Community and in March 2015 was named the chair-elect of the Veterans Knowledge Community. She has received a number of honors, including the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public Service, and the "Supra et Extra" award from the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community. Her work with NASPA will allow MFRI to continue to strengthen our relationships with allies and advocates to provide greater resources for our student service members, veterans and their families and to influence institutions of higher education to use
Haydee Nunez initially joined the DePaul community in 2009 as the director of Adult Student Affairs and Loop Campus Initiatives. Prior to DePaul, Haydee was the director of Community Service Career Development at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and has worked in the areas of diversity and minority affairs at The University of Chicago and the Chicago Booth School of Business where she received her Master's degree in Social Work and MBA in General Management. At DePaul, Haydee holds responsibility for the Veterans Career Leadership Pilot Program. The program, funded by Bank of America, is a partnership between six DePaul departments that have come together to deliver skills-based resources and on–going support to ensure that student veterans are not only prepared to transition into employment, but also to make decisions that impact long-term financial stability. Through a series of workshops, on-going individual services, and opportunities for career networking, the program’s goal is to ensure that DePaul Student Veterans are successfully transitioning to their civilian careers after graduation.
Damien Pitts is a Career Coach of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Veterans at the University of Utah. A Memphis Tennessee native, Damien served in the United States Army for 10 year as a Human Intelligence Collector, with duties stations on the West Coast and Overseas. After leaving the military, Damien attended the University of Tennessee, where he received his Bachelors in Global Studies and Masters in Sociology. Damien currently works as a Career Coach at the University of Utah, where he works with veterans with career related goals, and to translate their experience into civilian speak. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member of the Sociology Department at Salt Lake Community College.
Ron Callahan has been an Executive Success Coach with Inside Track for the past seven years. Ron has provided coaching for academic and personal success to students at a number of colleges and universities. A good portion of that time has been while working with military-connected students who are either beginning or finishing their academic studies. One of the key components of this coaching has included support for determining and securing future career plans.
Sherrill Curtis is a business management consultant and transformational presence coach with over 30 years human resource leadership and management experience. Since launching CCG in 2002, Sherrill has supported entrepreneurial and individual clients with discovering and implementing strategies that transform their career or business concepts, and growth challenges, into measurable success stories. CCG exclusively serves clients offering a product or service that positively improves the quality of life for others.
Through national speaking engagements, training and publications, Sherrill guides business leaders, audiences and adult learners in developing strategies to successfully source, hire, and engage military, their families and those differently-abled. She conceptualized and spearheaded six Society for Human Resource Management national Pinnacle award programs, branding Sherrill as an expert in career transition for differently-abled, military, and youth. She also serves as Co-Creator and Co-Chair of the Annual Stand Down in Morristown.
As a frequently sought media resource, Sherrill has appeared on CNBC’s Nightly Business Report and interviewed by: GX Magazine, the U.S. Army’s WTC Video “Hire a Veteran”, NY Times/Met Life, SHRM On-line, and other publications. Sherrill serves on ASTM’s ANSI, U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Standards writing team. Her first publication, “Support from Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer” (SHRM.org) is cited as a “must have strategy meeting reference” for diversity-focused organizations.