(Left to right) Hope For The Warriors transition team members Brian Papakie and Kristy Warren and son Ethan.

Springfield, Va. (March 2, 2023) – Two Hope For The Warriors’ transition team members, Kristy Warren and Brian Papakie, recently earned their Certified Professional Career Coach program (CPCC) certification. The CPCC credential is a certification of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC).

To earn the CPCC, Warren and Papakie completed a training/coaching program that provided tools for career management and job search coaching in today’s employment market and submitted a testing portfolio that included documented coaching hours.

“With Kristy being a former military spouse who made many moves supporting her servicemember and Brian as a U.S. Marine veteran, both understand the struggles servicemembers and their families have transitioning out of and with the military,” said Robin Kelleher, CEO and co-founder for Hope For The Warriors. “Now, with their CPCC credentials, they’re only going to continue to excel at assisting military families with their career search goals.”

According to PARW/CC, individuals who hold the CPCC span a wide range of professionals from the career services industry and include independent and organizational career coaches, career counselors, social workers, military and government career transition specialists, university and college career services professionals and more who work in the career management services industry from across the globe.

Warren has been with Hope For The Warriors since 2015 where she first managed the social media channels for the national organization, to now leading the Hope For The Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program and working as a case manager for transition services as a Certified Professional Career Coach. Being a former military spouse, the Pennsylvania-based Warren feels very fortunate to advocate for higher education and employment for military families.

“I’ve been fortunate to work for an amazing nonprofit that invests in military families and its staff for over eight years,” said Warren. “During multiple military moves, even one overseas, I’ve never had to worry about finding new employment and I’m forever grateful for that. Since personally transitioning out of the military community, I’m excited to continue to support military families with my personal and professional expertise to help them gain meaningful civilian employment.”

Papakie spent 24 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a Master Sgt., but as HOPE’s program manager for career transitions since 2017, he still enjoys many of the same things that made active service attractive to him.

“It’s very much like the military family I had for so many years,” Papakie said of working with HOPE. “The best part is now my position gives me opportunities to learn so much more about my peers from other branches and assist with their transition.”

The Georgia-based Papakie says he misses “mentoring and teaching Marines, and the everyday camaraderie with fellow Marines” but is pleased to be in a position to help other service members.

“I am privileged and proud to be part of another organization in which the table is turned, and now we are constantly evolving and adapting. It’s all to best support those families who have served and supported this nation.”

For more information on Hope For The Warriors or to connect for services, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 40,000 through a variety of support programs focused on health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 212 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About The Certified Professional Career Coach program:

The Certified Professional Career Coach program by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches (www.parwcc.com ), the career service industry’s longest-standing association, is directed by Diane Hudson, a multi-credentialed, award-winning career coach, trainer, professional résumé writer, and book author. The CPCC program was designed to coach the participants, engaging them in the coaching exercises, before they coach their clients. The CPCC program includes six modules focused on Long-Term Career Management, Diane’s Whole-Person Theory, Workforce Management, Traditional & Social Media Job Search, Interviewing, and more, continuing to set industry standards and pioneer beyond the frontiers of the known job search realm