Haaren & Christine
Staffcentrix is a training and development
firm with offices
in Northern Virginia and Connecticut.
Founded in 1999 by Christine Durst and Michael Haaren, who continue as
principals, Staffcentrix has been a leader in the virtual-work /
distributed-workforce movement from the outset.
Staffcentrix has designed and delivered a variety of training
programs for such clients as the US Department of State, Air Force and
Other clients include private-sector companies, Workforce Development Boards, state agencies and
and faith-based organizations.
Over 175 professional trainers have been certified by
Staffcentrix to deliver its virtual-careers and eEntrepreneurship
programs at US embassies, consulates and military
Staffcentrix supports web-enabled work and
working arrangements in a variety of additional ways. Among other
it maintains a free public website of screened home-based jobs and
projects at www.RatRaceRebellion.com.
Staffcentrix co-founder and CEO Michael Haaren is a former Wall
Street lawyer, working with such clients as Citibank, Merrill
Lynch and BNP Paribas. Subsequently Michael served as an independent growth advisor to startups in
the Washington, DC area. He earned his BA at Georgetown University,
summa cum laude, and his JD at the University of Virginia. He
heads Staffcentrix' Washington, DC Metro office and lives in Northern
In addition to co-founding Staffcentrix,
Christine is credited with having founded the Virtual Assistant
industry in the early 1990s. Her experience also includes independent
management consulting in the Boston region, where she advised such
Fortune 100s as Data General Corp., Kraft Foods, and 3M. Christine heads Staffcentrix' New England office in Connecticut, and also serves as the company's Director of Training.
Haaren and Durst appear often in the media as experts on virtual work and related issues. Venues include Good Morning America, The View, The Dr. Oz Show, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and many more.