As Vice President of the Human Resources and Learning department, Ron has been in a prime position to discover the overarching complexity of CJE SeniorLife as a multi-faceted agency, and how each division operates independently in terms of their staffing and training needs. After 25 years directing human resources initiatives in various institutions, often working with unionized environments, Ron wanted to become part of a non-profit, mission-based organization. Since 2005, he has dedicated his professional career to CJE SeniorLife, drawing from his extensive education at Michigan State University with a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations, additional professional certifications, and previous experiences serving in the human resources departments of a number of established institutions, including Cardinal Health, Exelon Corporation/Commonwealth Edison, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.
He has enjoyed working with those involved in a non-profit environment, and the most rewarding aspect of his job at CJE SeniorLife is the opportunity to work closely with dedicated, passionate staff members, as well as the ability to build on both a traditional HR team as well as groups of staff that support the agency’s non-traditional elements, such as the learning team. The learning team develops and manages the regulatory education and training programs for CJE, which is a unique challenge in that the organization is comprised of a wide variety of services and programs with roots running deep within the community.
As a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources himself, Ron encourages his team to pursue higher credentials within the field of human resources. Five of his staff members have earned their Professional in HR certifications through a series of examinations. Fueled by the dedication to his own professional development and love for teaching, he has continued to instruct students at Northern Illinois University through a human resources credentialing course for the past 15 years. He also pushes his own department to continually think of innovative ways to recruit new staff members, such as through social networks like LinkedIn.
This foundation of encouragement sets the tone for the rest of CJE with its agency-wide rewards and recognition programs, which range from ‘One Mitzvah at a Time’ recognitions to Perfect Attendance and Service Anniversary awards to the President’s Award for Innovation and Achievement. He has worked hard to provide CJE SeniorLife employees with competitive compensation and benefits packages, informative orientations and in-services, and continues to hire staff that help maintain the solid, supportive work culture with vision and values that will inevitably increase employee retention in the long run. He hopes to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of the community in a challenging environment, maintain union relationships, and retain and build upon CJE SeniorLife’s dedicated employees.