Leadership Team

 

Patrick LearyPatrick Leary,

Chairman of the Board

Patrick Leary is the current Chairman of the Board and has been an active Board member since 2007. Over the past 9 years, he has been a dedicated volunteer serving on HRU’s Executive and Audit Committees.

Patrick is a shareholder and Partner of Assurance Services of Moriarty & Primack, PC. Moriarty & Primack is a public accounting firm providing a variety of services to closely-held and family-owned businesses, charter schools, employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit organizations.

Patrick has conducted seminars for groups about issues facing businesses, including fraud, cash flow planning, and managing business risk.  He provides expert commentary during the tax season for WGGB-TV ABC 40.  He also conducts training for our staff providing updates on recent Financial Accounting Standards Board activities, audit risk, etc.

In addition to volunteering his time with HRU, Patrick is active in community affairs, serving as the Treasurer of the Greater Springfield Y.M.C.A., a member of the of the board of directors and executive committee of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Chairman its Casino Advisory Committee, a member of the board of directors of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the United Way of Pioneer Valley.  In 2007, Patrick was named by Business West Magazine as one of the “Forty Under 40”.  This list recognized some of the region’s brightest young community leaders.

Patrick has an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from Fairfield University.  During his studies at Fairfield, he attended the University of Salzburg, Austria as well as the Berlitz School of Languages in Munich, Germany.  He is a member of the American and Massachusetts Societies of Certified Public Accountants, and is licensed to practice public accounting in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

Don KozeraDonald Kozera, President/CEO

Donald Kozera is responsible for the operations and growth of Human Resources Unlimited (HRU) while leading the agency to achieve its vision. In cooperation with the Board of Directors, Mr. Kozera creates processes which set HRU’s strategic direction. He also establishes the standards and goals for each department to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and effectively. He is continuously assuring that member services are in line with the agency’s mission and that they are of the highest quality.

Prior to his position at HRU, Mr. Kozera served as the Fiscal Director for Carval Enterprises, the Business Manager of the Community Council of Greater Springfield, and a Program Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Keene State College and a Master’s Degree from American International College.

Mr. Kozera serves on both the Board of Directors and the Member Benefits Committee for the Mass Council of Human Service Providers. He has been the recipient of the Pioneer Valley Business Excellence award, the Not for Profit Employer of the Year award, and Business West’s 2011 Difference Maker Award.

Margaret JordanMargaret Jordan, Director of Mental Health Services

Margaret Jordan oversees the mental heath division of HRU including six vocational rehabilitation clubhouse model programs in Springfield, Westfield, Florence, Southbridge, Holyoke and the Berkshires; HUD/McKinney permanent housing projects, contracts with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Patnership and Vibra Hospital, and oversight of homeless employment services within the division. Ms. Jordan is responsible for ensuring that all services operate within contract guidelines and provide the highest quality employment and rehabilitation services to our program members. She is the primary contact for the Department of Mental Health, HUD, and all funders, and is involved in regional meetings and participates in task forces to reinforce principles of rehabilitation and recovery in community mental health services.

Ms. Jordan has been employed with HRU since January 1988, first serving as the Manager of Forum House in Westfield. In October 1992 Ms. Jordan was promoted to her current position of Director of Mental Health Services. Before HRU, she was the Director of Day Services and Director of Westfield Enterprises and a former Program Director for the American Heart Association.

Ms. Jordan received a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College and has completed social work courses at Clark University. She is also a CPRP-Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner through USPRA, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of MassPRA (Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association), where she served as Secretary, President Elect, President and Past President.

Ms. Jordan is also involved with many community organizations including the Social Justice Commision of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals, Inc. She also serves as an overnight volunteer for the Interfaith Cot Shelter in Northampton, MA. In 2011, Margaret Jordan received The Renata Halter Riley Award from the Friends for Voices of Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Pattie RobinsonPatricia Robinson, Director of Developmental Services

Patricia Robinson oversees the developmental services division of HRU including ETS Career Services, Pyramid Project, Workforce Alternatives and Transport.  She oversees the  services and operations of each program including the planning, maintenance and expansion.  She directs the departmental management team resulting in high quality programs and growth of services in line with HRU’s mission.  She is the primary contact and  works collaboratively with the Department of Developmentally Disabled, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Human Service transportation, and Department of Transitional Assistance participating in regional meetings to provide high quality services to the members HRU serves.

Ms. Robinson has been employed with Human Resources Unlimited since December, 1982.  She began her tenure with HRU as a case manager, then program manager of Carval and was promoted in 1986 to her current position as Director. Prior to HRU she worked for Center for Humanistic Change and Communities for People.

Ms. Robinson received a Bachelor’s Degree from Salem State College and a MBA from American International College.  She is on the board of directors for Ready Set Hire, a member of the Western Mass. Service Providers, Mass. Coalition for Day Habilitation Providers and a member of the Association of Developmental Disabled Providers (ADDP).  She is involved with a variety of community organizations including the Y of Greater Springfield, St. Catherine of Sienna parish, St. Catherine of Sienna Athletic Association and the 16 Acres group.   In 2006, she was recognized for her outstanding work with the Asian Family Project of Multi-Cultural Services( MCS).

Gregg ThompsonGregg Thompson, Director of Program Services

Gregg Thompson oversees the Facilities, Workforce Alternatives, Business Development and Move to Work Departments for the organization.  He is currently spearheading the expansion of the Move to Work program outside the agency, manages the organization facility development projects, oversees HRU’s social franchise, Zerorez, and is establishing new, innovative relationships for future program growth.

The Move to Work program is a program originally designed for the chronically unemployed to assist them in developing job readiness skills and healthy lifestyle habits.  In recent years the program has been adopted for several populations while remaining true to its founding principles.  The program offers a holistic approach to job readiness, employment, job retention, and overall quality of life, resulting in more effective, positive outcomes for the participants and the communities in which we all live.

Prior to joining HRU, Mr. Thompson had a 25 year career in the YMCA with a variety of responsibilities.  In his last two positions with the YMCA, he served as the CEO for the YMCAs in Haverhill and Westfield MA.  Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.

Brandon Giordanolanza, Human Resources Manager