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WASHINGTON— Theresa M. Ridderhoff, SPHR has been named executive director of the Office of Human Resources of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
She begins her position on August 30 and succeeds Linda Hunt, who has headed the office since 1998.
Ridderhoff holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Stonehill College and master's degree in instructional technology from George Mason University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator qualified facilitator.
Most recently, Ridderhoff was self-employed as a Human Resources consultant, working with firms in areas of recruiting, policy and procedure development, organizational development and training.
Prior to her consulting work, Ridderhoff oversaw recruitment, talent management, employee relations and training functions at Sallie Mae for 18 years. She has also designed and implemented a wide range of human resources initiatives, including performance management, succession planning, leadership development and diversity programs.
Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the appointment.
“Theresa has a wealth of experience as a human resources professional, and I have confidence that with her skills and abilities, she will bring a new level of professionalism and perspective in service to the bishops and the mission of the USCCB,” said Msgr. Jenkins.
A native Bostonian, Ridderhoff lives in Lovettsville, VA with her husband of 10 years and two sons. They attend St. Francis - St. Mary Parish in Brunswick, Maryland.
The Office of Human Resources supports and promotes the bishops’ strategic plan by offering workplace solutions promoting justice, the value and dignity of the human person, and employee participation in the mission of the church.Ridderhoff will lead and direct the office’s efforts in talent recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, performance management, staff development, and personnel policies and procedures.This includes providing staff support to the bishops’ Executive Committee on personnel matters.
Keywords: Human Resources, Theresa M. Ridderhoff, executive director
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