About Us

Our Mission

ERN-USA transforms companies one employee at a time through the support and growth of existing employer resource networks, the development of new networks, peer learning across all partners, and in-depth evaluation to demonstrate high impact for employees, employers, government and communities.

Our Progress

The Employer Resource Network® (ERN) model is an innovative approach to workforce development that was initiated in West Michigan in 2008.  Since then, ERNs have grown to 27 Area Networks and 11 Lead Organizations in Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.  The ERN-USA network currently consists of more than 70 Strategic Partners, 150 Employers and 35 Success Coaches.  Other regions seeking innovative ways to blend the efforts of business, social service and workforce development agencies are expressing interest in learning more about how to launch an ERN in their own communities.

ERN-USA Network Benefits

ERN-USA partners with Leading Organizations who assist in new ERN start-ups. These new ERNs become licensed members of ERN-USA with benefits options that include:

  • Customizable SalesForce platform for ERN communication and data input with metrics and reporting capabilities that will demonstrate the impact you are achieving in employee involvement, as well as return on investment for employers

  • Outreach materials such as Success Coach business cards, posters, flyers, newsletters, brochures and ERN webpage

  • Participation in the National Learning Community

  • Participation in monthly peer Coaches’ Calls

  • ERN-USA involvement in educating, relationship building and best practice refinement with key local, state and federal government departments and legislatures

  National Organization Leaders

James M Vander Hulst

James M Vander Hulst

National and Michigan State Lead

Chief Disruptive Officer, USA ERN/President, Michigan ERN

ERN USA/Michigan ERN

  Email     877-625-9564

Nathan Mandsager

Nathan Mandsager

New York State Lead

Director, Schenectady Works

New York ERN

  Email     518-723-0799

Stephen MacDonald

Stephen MacDonald

Ohio State Co-Lead

Impact Coordinator, Impact Coalition

Ohio ERN

  Email     419-725-7186

Heidi Jones

Heidi Jones

Ohio State Co-Lead

Executive Director, Marion Matters, Inc.

Ohio ERN

  Email     740-223-2999

LeRoy King

LeRoy King

Indiana State Co-Lead

Director Of Bridges at Goodwill Industries of Michiana, IN

Indiana ERN

  Email     574-246-0533

Tom Dermody

Tom Dermody

President, We Connect Works

Indiana State Co-Lead

Indiana ERN

  Email     219-363-7293

Ron Wade

Ron Wade

Executive Director, Hope Works

Tennesse State Lead

Tennessee ERN

  Email     901-272-3700