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The Sierra Group, Inc. acquires Pembroke, Jackie Pickering.

December 17, 2004, King of Prussia, PA.

The Sierra Group has added a new weapon to their arsenal in the fight to reverse the rate of unemployment for persons with disabilities. The firm is proud to announce the acquisition and merger with Pembroke Consultants of Exton, Pennsylvania.

“This expansion fits in well with our corporate stand – to reverse the rate of unemployment for people with disabilities in America,” says Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group. “For years we have collaborated with Pembroke Consultants on cases where customers needed Sierra Group's expertise for accommodations or training and Pembroke's for vocational services. By merging our talents, we are actually transcending the various definitions of disability, and viewing every facet of workplace productivity through the expanded lens of Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics.

Jackie Pickering, CRC and owner of Pembroke brings 20 years experience in assisting clients with career planning and development of job search strategies. She is known nationally for her expertise in the long-term disability (LTD) market; particularly her work with high-level professionals modifying their careers due to a disability. Furthermore, Jackie has served as an Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned to two major Philadelphia hospitals. In addition to her many other pertinent experiences, she holds a BA in Social Work, a BS in Computer Science, and she maintains credentials as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Together, The Sierra Group and Pembroke bring a new level of expertise to the field of disability. Jackie states, "I couldn't be more pleased than to work with this company that has time and again proved their creativity in identifying solutions that remove barriers to disability and the individual's return to the labor market.”

Earlier this year, Sierra incorporated a complete human factors approach to rehabilitation engineering when they added the expertise of a corporate ergonomist, Joe McGettigan. The firm's decision to add both Pembroke and McGettigan serves to fortify the broad spectrum of assistance Sierra already has to offer to business-owners, students, and potential employees. Expanded services include assessment and training; diversity planning, recruiting, accommodating, corporate disability management, and job placement for people with disabilities. Fiore states, "The sum of the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. Whatever the return-to-work barrier, the combination of talent can surmount it.”

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