Meet Our Team
Begin Within is a proud family and family is the most important part of our business. We believe in the philosophy that happy team members make happy clients and happy clients are good for business.
Founder & CEO
Jaime Chapman is the Founder & CEO of Begin Within, a career consulting firm that launches high-performering military spouses and veterans to their career peak in defense contracting. She has placed over 1,600 people during her tenure a recruiter, executive career consultant, and as the Regional Manager of a transitioning military career program.
Jaime has won a couple of major awards:
• #1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall Award by Military and Veteran’s Choice in September 2019 at the Military Influencer Conference in DC.
• 2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Military Spouse of the Year Award.
Jaime is a proud military spouse and served in the U.S. Army for 6-years. She is a philanthropist and fierce advocate for the military community, actively advocating to reduce the 24% military spouse unemployment rate. She serves as the Career & Employment Advocate for MSAN-Military Spouse Advocacy Network where she offers career expertise to over 13,000 Active Duty Military Spouses. She is a mentor on Veterati where she provides guidance to veterans and military spouses.
Jaime serves on the Board of Advisors for financial company Securing Life Today. She is author of Find a Federal Job and is a sought after keynote speaker and corporate trainer, advising companies on military spouse and veteran hiring and retention initiatives.
For speaking engagements, booking + press inquiries, please visit: Jaime Chapman’s Website
Recruiter & Resume Writer
Ashleigh Hilker is a Human Resources and recruiting professional, bringing her expertise to the Begin Within team. She began her career in the nonprofit sector working as a fundraising guru for companies including The United Way and The American Cancer Society. During this time, she also married her college sweetheart and active-duty Air Force husband. She utilized her skills recruiting for The American Cancer Society and also for Community of Hope, a nonprofit located in Washington, DC. Ashleigh is passionate about getting the right people in the right places. She was recognized and promptly promoted to the Human Resources Manager role where she developed teams and talent… The military had other plans for the Hilker family, and Ashleigh left DC for Florida where she near completion of her master’s degree in Human Resource Management, working for Begin Within, and caring for her two young children. In her free time, she volunteers with a local running club supporting fellow military spouses, and enjoys the beach, and exploring new places with her family.
Director of Partnerships
Connie Crisler is a native of Southern California and proud mother of two, grandmother of one, and active duty military spouse. Currently stationed abroad, Connie advises military spouses as a career coach and counselor. Connie and her husband co-owned an administrative company called Crisler Professional Services virtually supporting small businesses by providing project management and virtual administrative services. Connie has supported C-Suite executives, business management, process improvement, and federal compliance in industries spanning the banking, corporate, non-profit, federal and county government, manufacturing and logistics fields. Connie founded a non-profit, All Things Celestial bringing transcendental meditation to challenged public schools; reducing violence and improving academic performance for students. She is a PMI PMP certified Project Management Professional providing military spouses, veterans, challenged youth and low-income families with opportunities and resources to excel.
Chief Snack Officer
Wally, the 152 pound Irish Wolfhound, keeps our CEO in line. He makes sure that she maintains work/life balance, gets brisk walks during the day and remembers to eat lunch. He is the CSO and Food Inspector and has mastered the art of taking naps during the work day.
Meet our Team of Experts
We were voted the #1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall and our team is comprised of unbelievably talented people. We're 100% owned and operated by veterans and military spouses.
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