Denise Severino

Office Manager

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Denise is the office and human resources manager.

Education & Experience

  • B.A. in Foreign Affairs
  • SHRM Certified CP

Denise Severino is the Office Manager for Objective Area Solutions.  Denise has a diverse business background.  As the spouse of a US Naval Officer, she has moved 12 times across 3 continents.  As a result of the these moves, Denise was a Mutual Fund Accountant in Hamilton, Bermuda, Senior Financial Analyst in Monterey, CA, Financial Controller in Hagatna, Guam, Human Resources Manager in San Diego, CA, Theater Stage Manager in Mons, Belgium and the US Embassy Community Liaison Officer in Tokyo, Japan.

Denise has worked in both the government and private sector for over 20 years.  She values teamwork, education, and diversity.  Denise graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA with a degree in Foreign Affairs and is a SHRM Certified Professional.  She lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and dog.

What did you do prior to joining OAS?

My spouse is a retired Naval Officer. I have moved 13 times and lived on 3 continents. As a result of these moves, I was a Mutual Fund Accountant in Hamilton, Bermuda, Senior Financial Analyst in Monterey, CA, Financial Controller in Hagatna, Guam, Human Resources Manager in San Diego, CA, Theater Stage Manager in Mons, Belgium and the US Embassy Community Liaison Officer in Tokyo, Japan.

What is something you are passionate about most people wouldn't know?

Travel as an Educational Experience. There is so much you can learn through travel – history, culture, and psychology. Experiencing festivals, foods, people, and historical sites is eye-opening and educational. Travel helps foster understanding, empathy, and acceptance of diversity.

What is your favorite book?

Not a book, however, there are 2 short stories that I often think about: To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing – There are many things that occur under the surface of individuals that we are not aware of. This story challenges me to increase my empathy and to not be so judgmental of people. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson – When I first read this story in Middle School, I was shocked. I did not see that ending coming. This story challenges me to not to blindly keep doing something I disagree with just because “It’s always been done this way.” Sometimes, the right thing to do is the hard thing to do.

What sport, hobby, or passion do you have outside of work?

What is a hidden talent of yours?

What is a super strength of yours?

The ability to find light up jewelry and clothing for any occasion.