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Clint Varner

November 2021

Clint Varner

Joined March 2015

Prior to joining Omega, Clint worked for the military as a contracting officer and university instructor. Retiring after a twenty-year career of military service, Clint wanted to take some personal time and see his first son off to Kindergarten. His hardworking spirit, however, did not permit Clint to just sit at home! Seeking work, he took to the classifieds and found Greg’s listing for a security officer.


Clint’s background and experience landed him regular hours performing patrols at a pellet plant. In addition to protecting that site for over a year, Clint also helped out at other locations. Since joining Team Omega, Clint has performed almost every service the company offers, including armed and unarmed work, public and private events, personal protection, discreet security, and every type of patrol! Today, he primarily works industrial sites, though still occasionally helping out elsewhere!


Outside of work, Clint spends his time with his two sons, often taking them out for day trips and other activities. He also maintains a self-sufficient lifestyle by gardening his own vegetables, chopping wood, loading his own ammunition, and hunting alongside his dog. Prior to Covid, Clint enjoyed hiking and traveling, having visited Texas, Hawaii, and even Jamaica!

Justice Mannino

October 2021

Justice Mannino

Joined May 2011

Justice has supported Omega since its inception! A childhood friend of the founder, Justice first helped when a Tough Mudder event called for a very large team. After getting his feet wet, he began covering overnight shifts such as Fire Watches and Industrial Patrols when available Years later, Justice joined the initial crew for a construction job at the Airport. The fresh site offered exclusively weekday shifts which meshed well with his weekend pursuits in experiential marketing.


Today, Justice primarily works patrol sites such as the LV Zoo and Trexler Game Preserve. An outdoorsman at heart, he enjoys the opportunity to work surrounded by the tranquility of nature. Extremely driven, Justice lists Duane “Dog” Chapman as both a professional and personal role model, and he typically holds two other jobs in addition to his position with Omega. Never one to remain idle for long, Justice volunteers as a firefighter in his free time!

Charlie Stauffer

September 2021

Charlie Stauffer

Joined February 2021

Prior to joining Team Omega, Charlie worked in a restaurant for 3 years. Over time, he took on numerous responsibilities such as managing bills, keeping ingredients stocked, and even deescalating situations at the restaurant’s bar. Charlie heard about Omega during this time from a friend, but was determined to continue pursuing a career in the culinary arts.


Charlie had to pause his culinary aspirations and seek other work when Covid closed his place of employment. When his friend returned to Omega from military duty, Charlie decided to join with him. His customer service experience easily transferred and helped him to establish a rapport with our clientele. While he can work a multitude of sites, Charlie prefers remaining in one place. The familiarity that comes from repetition helps him to anticipate our clients’ needs, as well as more quickly recognize cues from staff and regulars alike.


Outside of working for Omega, Charlie has an additional, full-time job! His strong work ethic leads him to keep his hands busy around the clock. While he still enjoys cooking, Charlie is a jack-of-all-trades who also dabbles in handiwork – he even got his first apartment by agreeing to fix it up himself!

Alex Scheel

August 2021

Alex Scheel

Joined April 2020

Alex’s goal of joining a police force led him to pursue a degree in criminal justice. During his junior year at Bloomsburg University, Alex required an internship. He considered a number of companies to help get his foot in the door, but at the recommendation of a former employee, Alex decided to join Team Omega.


After coming aboard, Alex quickly worked a variety of sites throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, including construction, retail, and events, as well as helping out at Omega HQ.


Following his graduation, Alex decided to return to Omega because of Omega's flexible scheduling and being able to work sites that fit his interest. His tireless work ethic and leadership qualities at a construction project at the Lehigh Valley International Airport earned him a promotion to the position of Field Coordinator.


Now that he has finished his schooling, Alex spends his time outside of Omega relaxing to country music and going out with friends.

Alyssa Pywar

July 2021

Alyssa Pywar

Join May 2019

Alyssa keeps herself open to anything life throws her way. Her start with Omega was equally casual! A friend of hers already worked for us, so she would occasionally fill in at parades and races. When Covid paused her job in child care, however, she officially came on board as a regular employee.


In March 2020, Alyssa received a call from Dawn, one of our Ops Managers, asking her to work at a new site in Stroudsburg. She took to the role immediately and very quickly became one of our heavy hitters. Within weeks, her leadership skills earned her the position of Field Coordinator! Even after returning to school for dental hygiene, Alyssa has continued to consistently cover weekends – a real boon to our schedule!


Outside of work, Alyssa primarily enjoys leisurely activities. Between spending valuable time with friends, listening to random songs, and hiking when the weather permits, Alyssa also recognizes the importance of a good nap!

Vanessa Rodriguez

June 2021

Vanessa Rodriguez

Joined April 2021

Growing up, Vanessa saw a lack of sufficient representation for impoverished juveniles in the US judicial system. She wanted to serve as an advocate for such underrepresented children, so she decided to pursue a Criminal Justice degree. While attending school, she sought to continue to support her own children with a local job relevant to her intended career, so she applied online with Omega.


Vanessa’s background leads her to approach security academically. She views her time with Omega as a continual learning experience. Specifically, the customer service element has caused her to "get out of her shell" and feel more comfortable approaching and talking with people – something that she did not anticipate when she applied!

From attending classes and studying to taking care of her children, Vanessa bears many responsibilities beyond work, and she greatly appreciates Omega’s understanding and flexibility with scheduling. Since coming aboard, she has joined our full-time crew, which she sought so that she could account for her time consistently.

Nelson Collado

May 2021

Nelson Collado

Joined August 2020

Nelson came to Omega because he sought not just a job, but a career. He used to work as a mailman, and before that, he handled overnight stocking. After a few years of those positions, he’d had enough. Initially, his search turned up rather little, but eventually, he happened upon our ad online.


Having never worked security before, Nelson brings a fresh approach to the sites in Reading. Additionally, he arrives on time, dutifully performs his rounds, and always makes sure to pay attention to detail around the sites he works. He expresses an appreciation for our flexibility in scheduling, as well as the ability to request time off in advance.


Outside of work, Nelson enjoys taking leisurely walks, engaging in sports (especially basketball) and traveling – though, he has not been able to travel nearly as much since the start of Covid. Nelson looks forward to resuming his regular trips across the country, as well as a strong future with Omega!

Ricky Velez

April 2021

Ricky Velez

Joined December 2020

Ricky brings to the table nearly two decades of security experience. He first got into the industry in New York at the age of 19. In addition to holding employment as a guard, Ricky also worked as a bounty hunter and an auxiliary police officer. In 2012, he moved to Pennsylvania, where he found a job as a correctional officer. Years later, when he decided to seek the next step in his career, one of our guards told him about Omega. 


On the job at any site, Ricky prioritizes observation and follow-through. Always remaining alert, he constantly keeps an eye out for anything out of place. He makes sure to do his job correctly while keeping the client happy, and he prides himself on ensuring safety for all persons to the best of his ability. Off the job, Ricky lives for his kids. For him, this means carrying a similar approach – staying alert, keeping his eyes open, and ensuring the safety of his children while taking them wherever they want to go. At the request of his kids, Ricky has found himself attending a number of events such as festivals and carnivals, as well as visiting the local arcade.


Terrell Bailey

March 2021

Terrell Bailey

Joined October 2020

Terrell found his introduction to security when the military assigned him to a Presidential Security Detail in 2009. In 2015, he joined the industry as a civilian working in the naval shipyards of Virginia. When looking for a job later on, his experience led him to apply with Omega. Since coming aboard, Terrell has provided excellent and reliable service in the Reading area. He has expressed appreciation for Omega's clarity of instruction, which he states helps him to perform his role effectively.


In addition to his military background, Terrell graduated in 2016 with a degree in Electrical Engineering & Technology. He also holds certification in Fiber Optics and has received a mention in High Tech News magazine. During his off-hours, he independently pursues further studies in fiber optics and communications. In order to keep sharp, Terrell often reads technical documents while listening to hip-hop and rap from the genres' golden age and the early 2000s. In the future, he would like to return to school for CISCO certification, as well as to earn a degree in Optical Sciences & Engineering.

Westley Kalson

February 2021

Westley Kalson

Joined October 2020

Westley K was working at a bookstore when he bumped into Zach Pacella. Zach presented an opportunity to earn more than he made in retail, so Westley joined Omega. Since then, he has reliably arrived early to almost all of his shifts. He cites a preference for not feeling rushed as his driving motivation to always remain ahead of schedule.


Outside of Omega, Westley attends Penn State University for Business Management and Accounting. Additionally, he has played football for PSU for two years and has swum for Division 2 since his Junior year of high school.  Westley credits athleticism with "keeping him sane" as he strives for success in all his endeavors.

Richard Guarino

January 2021

Richard Guarino

Joined August 2019

A year and a half ago, Richard was looking for a more professional change of scenery. He reached out to Omega and spoke with Jose Ramos, his old coworker, for the first time in over a decade. Jose recognized Richard as a reputable and responsible guard from their time working together at a prior security site, so he helped him to join Omega Protective Services.


Richard brings over three decades of experience in the field of security, having worked as a constable, a paralegal, and a prison guard. Additionally, Richard has devised officer survival training, trained in interviewing and interrogation, managed departments, engaged in employee theft detection, and holds multiple copyrights in security. In academia, Richard is known for his thesis on counter-terrorism, as well as his expertise in: security management and administration; defensive and offensive techniques; and the force continuum.


Richard expresses his gratitude to Omega for providing him with employment that accounts for the time he sets aside to continue his studies. He practices martial arts (with certification from World Taekwondo Federation), trains via powerlifting, and regularly schools in classical Greek philosophy, having read everything from Socrates to Machiavelli.


“Strive to bridge the theorist & practitioner gap; and then bring that approach to work!”

Damian Cruz

December 2020

Damian Cruz

Joined December 2018

After several years in the Service, Damian sought the next step in his life. He heard about Omega from his girlfriend’s brother and decided to apply, landing an interview within a week. The hiring managers deemed him a solid fit for a bar near his home address. On the last Thursday of that year, they called him for his first shift. That evening, he met Devin and Greg. 


Two years later, Damian keeps going strong! He considers Omega to be quintessential to the unique experience of working security. His military background has provided him with the discipline necessary to keep his composure during intense situations. This has enabled him to easily implement elements of tactical negotiation and verbal judo, often finding peaceful resolutions for unruly guests. Omega’s consistency allows him to build on his approach and continually improve at his job. 


Outside of Omega, Damian enjoys writing poetry while listening to contemporary transcendental music. His listening selections often hold messages he considers significant. He also streams video games on his Twitch channel, 5h4d0w_x. Damian primarily plays first-person shooters and RPGs, as well as some casual tabletop games. 


"Omega and their leadership care about individual growth. Where other companies may suffocate newer employees, Omega lets their people fly."