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Business Team – Human Resources Director

Russ Bohnert Human Resources Director
Russ Bohnert
Human Resources Director

Date started with Aspire:  April 2014

Brief description of what you do: Responsible for the Human Resources department that consists of payroll, recruitment and all human resource issues.  The HR department is a resource support for all employees, managers and the executive team.  I help develop policies, protocols, procedures for best practices in regards to compliance with legal requirements, employee relations, benefits, compensation and general business practices.

Your professional background: Production/Operations Manager for 20 years in food processing.  Human Resource Manager/ Business Partner for 10+ years in various food processing facilities.

How has working at Aspire impacted your life:  Changed my views on what a person with a disability is capable of doing.  Working for Aspire has given me a whole new working experience that I had not had before.

Best facet of working at Aspire: The people… both clients and staff.

What brought you to Aspire:  I moved back to Southern Oregon and was looking for a Human Resource position.  Through contacts I learned that Southern Oregon Aspire was looking for a HR Manager so I applied.  After meeting the directors and some clients I felt this was a good fit for me.

A few thoughts on encouraging others to become involved with Aspire, in any way, shape or form:  Take the time to learn what we do.  Meet some of our clients and learn how special they can be.  Meet the staff and learn that what they do is difficult at times, but they have the passion to care for someone and to make their lives better.

What things you would like to see transpire in the future of Aspire and the people we support:  Would hope for a smooth transition into the employment first requirements.   Seeing our clients in community jobs will be awesome!

Any story you wish to share of your experiences working at Aspire:  I’ve had several experiences where I have received hugs from people for no other reason than kindness.  We don’t always get these, but it sure makes my day when it happens.