Senior Director of Healthcare Travel
As Senior Director of Healthcare Travel at BlueForce Healthcare Staffing, Scott Cassady oversees the division’s brand and growth/development strategies. Scott conducts compliance development, as well as process mapping and auditing. In addition, Scott serves as Account Manager for some of BlueForce’s largest clients, and provides guidance and oversight of the recruiting team.
Scott joined Huffmaster Companies in 2007 as a Recruiter. He was quickly promoted to a role in inside sales, then again to the role of Sales & Staffing Coordinator. As Sales & Staffing Coordinator, Scott met with prospective clients nationwide, assisting them with the development of staffing matrices and cost pro formas, coordinating project planning in operations, and managing projects for administration. In this role, as Huffmaster was beginning to provide healthcare staffing for labor disputes, Scott also helped lay the groundwork for the operational processes that are still in place today.
In 2010, Scott was once again promoted to Special Projects Manager, where he displayed versatility working as a recruiter, database manager, quality assurance supervisor, scheduler and staffing coordinator, as well as on-site logistics manager, site coordinator, in-processor and client liaison.
Scott helped develop BlueForce Healthcare Staffing, the travel healthcare staffing division of Huffmaster, and in 2013 was put in charge of the business line. He has grown it to be one of Huffmaster’s foundational and fastest-growing divisions. Scott was promoted to his current position in June 2018, guiding the strategy and operations of BlueForce.
Scott is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sales and Business Marketing. Scott is an avid Detroit sports fan and scratch golfer. He enjoys traveling, board games, video games, volleyball, softball and disc golf. He has always considered himself a “people person” and his focus on relationship building in both his personal and business life has always been one of his top priorities. He has a wife and three daughters, and spends as much of his free time as possible enjoying family life.
Andrew Schroeder is an Account Manager for BlueForce and serves as the primary point of contact for our healthcare clients. He is also responsible for assisting our Recruiters in finding the highest qualified healthcare professionals and efficiently deploying them on rewarding travel assignments.
Andrew joined Huffmaster companies in 2014 as an Intake Recruiter and was promoted to a Recruiter role in the BlueForce division of Huffmaster in 2015. In this role, Andrew successfully placed hundreds of healthcare professionals and worked closed with our travelers to place them in ongoing opportunities. Andrew’s hand in the early development of BlueForce was critical to the development and implementation of the business model we use today.
In 2017, Andrew was promoted to the role of Lead Recruiter at BlueForce, working directly with more than 40 accounts, handling direct client relationships as well as our master service provider/vendor management systems. Andrew was promoted to his current role of Account Manager in June 2018.
Outside of work, Andrew likes to play chess, frisbee golf and board games. He also volunteers at the VFW his grandfather helped form, donating his time to holiday charities and fundraising events. Andrew is a resident of Clawson, and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, cat and three dogs.
As a Recruiter for BlueForce Healthcare Staffing, Valerie Baumgarten’s first priority is her relationships with applicants and our on-site travelers. Valerie is as dedicated to finding qualified staff for our healthcare clients as she is to finding unique opportunities for our travelers. Because healthcare travel is a huge commitment to the traveler and his/her family, Valerie makes it a point to understand each traveler’s objective, whether professional or personal, and locate the best contract available based on individual criteria.
Once a traveler is placed in a contract, Valerie focuses on providing support throughout the assignment, including transitioning to the placement, being accessible and maintaining an open and honest dialogue during assignment, and following up after each contract to find out where our travelers are looking to head next.
Valerie has been part of the BlueForce team since 2017. Prior to joining BlueForce, Valerie was a Recruiter for our parent company, Huffmaster Companies, for three years.
When she’s not recruiting, Valerie loves spending time outside with her 19-year-old son. Valerie has a passion for water sports and has been scuba certified since 1995. Valerie enjoys traveling just as much as our healthcare travelers do, and has lived in the Midwest, Northwest, Hawaii and now Florida. She hopes to soon start traveling internationally more frequently.
Bill Serra has been with Huffmaster since 2014, joining the BlueForce Healthcare Staffing team as a Recruiter in April 2018. As a BlueForce recruiter, Bill serves as the liaison between our healthcare clients and travelers. Bill is dedicated to matching our healthcare travelers with the best opportunities for their specialties, while helping our clients fill some of their most critical positions.
Before being promoted to the BlueForce team, Bill was a Recruiter for Huffmaster’s Crisis Staffing and Security division, working directly with healthcare professionals on two of Huffmaster’s largest healthcare strikes. Bill was promoted to Senior Recruiter before moving over to the healthcare travel staffing division.
Bill attended Macomb Community College with a scholarship for The Macombers show choir, and studied secondary education in history at both Macomb Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Bill has been a volunteer with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Donate Life and Detroit Beautification Day. When off the clock, Bill enjoys films at the theater and disc golf.