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.

The Employer Resouce Network® (ERN®) model is an innovative approach to workforce development that was initiated in West Michgian in 2007. Since then, ERNs have grown to over 30 Area Networks and 20 Lead Organizations in 12 states. 

Employer Resouce Networks are led by over 200 employers working with nearly 40 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 Lead Organizations who assist in new ERN start-ups. These new ERNs become licensed members of ERN USA with benefits that include:  

  • ERN Data Solutions for metrics tracking that helps determine individual ERN and national network impact 

  • National ERN conferences for best practice sharing and development

  • Quarternly national Peer Learning Calls for both administrators and success coaches

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

  National Organization Leaders

James M Vander Hulst

James M Vander Hulst

National Lead and Michigan State Co-Lead

Chief Disruptive Officer, USA ERN/President, Michigan ERN

ERN USA/Michigan ERN

  Email     877-625-9564

Kathy Conklin

Kathy Conklin

MIchigan State Co-Lead

Executive Directior, Partnershift

Michigan ERN


Nathan Mandsager

Nathan Mandsager

New York State Lead

Director, Schenectady Works

New York ERN

  Email     518-723-0799

Stephen MacDonald

Stephen MacDonald

Ohio State 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

Ron Wade

Ron Wade

Tennesse State Lead

Executive Director, Hope Works

Tennessee ERN

  Email     901-272-3700