Catholic Charities names VP of HR


Joni LaHuis

A human resources professional with experience in the manufacturing sector is assuming a leadership role with an agency providing social services throughout West Michigan.

Catholic Charities West Michigan, a community-based agency headquartered at 360 South Division Ave., Grand Rapids, announced on July 27 the appointment of Joni LaHuis, former director of human resources for Pridgeon and Clay, as its new vice president of human resources.

The role

As the new vice president of HR at CCWM, LaHuis will oversee the management of all human resources functions at the social services provider, including staffing, performance management processes, agency-wide employee recognition, workers’ compensation, policies, compensation, benefits and safety and health. LaHuis also will be responsible for training, development and employee relations.

LaHuis said she is excited to join CCWM.

“I am looking forward to helping with the development and the support of all our staff and administration as they continue to serve the needs of West Michigan’s most vulnerable populations,” said LaHuis.


LaHuis has experience managing and developing human resources strategies in her previous roles as manager and director of human resources for Pridgeon and Clay. Prior to her appointment at CCWM, LaHuis oversaw talent acquisition, retention, engagement, benefits, retirement, wellness, and training and development for the manufacturing company’s U.S. and global facilities.

Terry Walsh, president and CEO at CCWM, said LaHuis’ expertise and proven track record of success overseeing small- and large-scale human resources initiatives makes her well-positioned to empower CCWM’s employees and attract quality talent.

“We could not serve the volume and range of clients we serve if we weren’t dedicated to hiring and developing the best people to carry out our mission,” said Walsh. “This will be a great benefit to not only our staff, but also will allow us to continue to provide the high level of quality services our clients deserve.”

LaHuis has an academic background in human resources management from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College.

The agency

Catholic Charities West Michigan provides social services to residents in 11 counties in the West Michigan region with its workforce of roughly 285 employees in nine locations. Several of CCWM’s prevention, education and crisis intervention program areas include pregnancy, adoption, substance abuse, counseling and feeding the hungry.

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