MHCC Hires Mara Kershaw as Chief Human Resources Officer

Posted: January 26, 2011

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is pleased to announce Mara Kershaw has accepted the position of chief human resources officer, effective Jan. 24.

Kershaw, a Gresham resident, is responsible for leading all aspects of human resources (HR) at the College, including talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits, compensation, organizational development and overall HR. She leads the HR department and reports directly to John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MHCC president.

“Mara represents the next generation of successful leaders who are being attracted to Mt. Hood Community College,” says Sygielski. “She has the proven experience and skills to ensure our policies and regulations are reflective of our changing workforce and workplace and those associated with the College are afforded opportunities to grow personally and professionally in ways that will continue to make MHCC a valued employer in the Portland region.”  

Kershaw says she is “passionate about education and excited to be part of MHCC and its mission to transform lives and build communities.”

She comes to MHCC with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the HR profession. Since 2005, she has served as a key leader at Providence Health & Services in Portland, Ore., where she was responsible for employee retention, leadership development, organizational development, strategic planning, training and workforce planning.  She worked closely with Oregon public schools and Oregon healthcare organizations to create partnerships for the development of a future workforce in critical skills positions.

Kershaw spent nearly two decades employed by Oregon Health & Science University and for-profit organizations, where she led employee recruitment and retention, organizational development and workplace training in addition to setting up HR departments and divisions.

At WaferTech, a semiconductor manufacturer, Kershaw partnered with area colleges to develop academic and leadership programs to train front-line supervisors and production specialists.

Kershaw holds a master’s degree in educational policy with a focus in organizational development and training management from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Oregon.  She is active in many organizations, including the Organizational Development Network, Society of Human Resource Management, American Society of Training and Development and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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