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 Resource Network® (ERN®) model is an innovative approach to workforce development that was initiated in West Michigan in 2007. As of June 2020, ERNs have grown to 28 Area Networks with 17 Lead Organizations, 38 Success Coaches, and over 200 employers in 9 states. 

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 in the states of CT, FL, HI, IN, MA, MI, NE, NY, OH, and PA.  

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

  • Quarterly 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

The ERN USA trademark is our “Good Housekeeping Seal.” It lets other organizations know that a member belongs to the ERN USA Network, and has:

  • Completed the 5 Phase ERN Collaborative Development Process
  • Follows an employer-led model
  • Shares an onsite Success Coach
  • Uses the data and process driven ERN USA CMS
  • Participates in ERN USA Peer Learning events


  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

New York ERN

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