Erin Kelley brings expertise as new diocesan director of Human Resources

By Nicki Prevou

Correspondent

June 16, 2014

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Erin Kelley, SPHR, is the diocese’s new Human Resources director. (Photo courtesy of Erin Kelley)

Officials with the Diocese of Fort Worth have announced the appointment of a new director for the Office of Human Resources and Personnel. Erin Kelley, MBA, certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), will begin in her new role with the diocese on July 1.

Kelley has worked in the healthcare industry since 2003, serving most recently as the director of Human Resources at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas. She has also served as Human Resources manager at Medical Center Arlington, and at other area medical facilities.

Her years of experience in healthcare followed several years of work as a management consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a global business consultancy firm. Kelley was based at that time in Madrid, Spain, she explained, noting that she lived and worked in Madrid from 1995 until 2002. A Spanish major at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, Kelley also graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

A longtime parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Arlington and a graduate of Arlington High School, Kelly and her husband, Greg, are parents to David, 13, and Alexa, 5. She said that she welcomes the opportunity to serve within the diocese where she grew up, adding that she looks forward to utilizing best practices to further the mission of the local Church.

“It will be very interesting to me to have my religious faith translated into the workplace,” she said. “I feel that this will be a good fit, because I have always seen HR [human resources] as a service department to both the organization and to the people who work for the organization.

“So I think of this kind of work — building relationships, helping people to succeed within the workplace and helping the organization to effectively fulfill its goals — as a type of mission work, something that I’ve always been passionate about.”

In announcing Kelley’s appointment, diocesan Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Peter Flynn noted that her years of expertise in personnel issues will serve as a particularly valuable resource for parishes, schools, and other ministries of the diocese.

“Our diocese is at a crossroads in terms of the growth that we are experiencing, and the growth that is projected to occur,” said Flynn. “We need to be proactive in staffing our ministries with the appropriate professionals, and we want to be proactive in offering our employees appropriate support and assistance in personnel matters when they arise. Erin brings a fresh perspective as well as enthusiasm, energy, and an impressive understanding of multicultural issues in the workplace.”

Kelley looks forward to traveling to the parishes and schools of the diocese, introducing herself, and getting to know people in various ministries represented across 28 counties, she said.

“I want people to know that I’m here to help, to facilitate, and to make things easier for staff within the workplace, wherever possible,” she added. “We’re all working to grow our faith and our Church together.”

Erin-Kelley-BUTTON.jpgOfficials with the Diocese of Fort Worth have announced the appointment of a new director for the Office of Human Resources and Personnel. Erin Kelley, MBA, certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), will begin in her new role with the diocese on July 1.

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