Not just an HR association.
“Our goal is to provide our members with the most meaningful and appealing customer experience anywhere. We (the EA team) become not just an HR association, but a truly great experience through which industry-leading HR solutions are delivered.”
Jack Hollister, President
The Employers’ Association
Who We Serve
From two-person companies to corporations with thousands of employees, our member organizations come in all different sizes and represent a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, automotive, community service agencies, municipal and county governments, educational institutions, and more.
More than 700 organizations are members of the EA. We’re humbled to say that many of them have been with us for more than 20 years.
Chances are, we already
know your neighbor.
We’d like to know you, too!
Counties of Service
Why We Exist
The Employers’ Association serves regional employers in their efforts to maximize performance; providing people management information and research, workplace wellness, training and consulting expertise.
To be the regional association of choice for employers interested in maximizing their Human Resources and Organizational Performance.
Who We Are
Since 1997, Jack has led The EA as its president, developing the overall direction of The Association and managing its day-to-day activities. He also trains and consults in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and the utilization of the DISC profile for team-building purposes. In his spare time, Jack enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.
Sarah is the EA’s marketing guru. She maintains the EA’s website, coordinates our social media presence and designs direct mail, eblasts, flyers and marketing pieces. As the EA’s resident travel bug, Sarah enjoys exploring new places she has never been, as well as spending time with her family and friends, reading, movies, and soccer.
Rebecca maintains the books for the EA. She has a fine arts background and discovered her love of accounting in her second career. She loves a well-designed spreadsheet and enjoys streamlining processes and finding new ways to be more efficient. In her free-time she enjoys making art, reading and playing with her dachshund Edith.
Ian is one of our behind the scenes faces helping and assisting in various administrative tasks at the EA. Ian graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2016 with his Bachelors in Business Administration with a Specialization in Finance. Once he graduated, Ian wanted to reach out to and impact college students the way he was during his undergrad. So, Ian is also a missionary reaching out to students at BGSU. Ian’s desire to learn and grow as an individual, specifically in the business world, is what led him to the EA.
Nancy wears many hats at the EA. Currently, Nancy is working with the membership team, the seminar learning team, and our accountant. She has been in a part-time position for numerous years in a variety of roles. She is also a Registered Nurse in the Occupational Health office at Wood County Hospital, and loves spending time with family, reading, and is an excellent cook!
Karin is the first friendly face you see when visiting the EA and the voice you hear when calling in on the phone! She has a variety of roles within the EA such as invoicing, registration, assisting with On-Site Learning & Consulting, Seminar Learning, and assisting Jack...just to name a few! She loves spending time with her son and is a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes and Buffalo Bills fan!
HR Solutions Team
Bob’s career in human resources has led him through a number of area organizations. EA members tap into his extensive experience via our HR Hotline and by engaging him for training and consulting projects. Bob is involved in the HR Professional community as a past Director of the Ohio SHRM State Council and in the local community as a Springfield Township Trustee.
Sheila brings 20+ years of experience in human resources. As a member of the EA team, Sheila assists members with HR Audits, Handbook development, On-Site and Seminar Training, job analysis, job description development, and recruitment. She serves in the local HR community as President-Elect for the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association. Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband, Rodney, and two children, Donavan and Nia & watching their favorite sports teams: Buckeyes, Browns and Cavaliers.
Barb Utrup brings her high energy and positive outlook to the Employers' Association as a HR Consultant. Barb brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience, with over 20+ years in non-profit, manufacturing, healthcare, and sports industries. Barb enjoys networking and meeting many new people as she travels around Ohio and throughout the country. When she’s not traveling, she loves playing and watching sports with her husband Todd and son Jordan.
Kelly is your go-to for labor law posters and survey information. A recent grad from Bowling Green State University with a Master’s in Business Administration, she is new to the HR world and is looking forward to the experience working at The EA. When not working, she enjoys traveling to new places, golfing, spending time with her family, friends, and her ginger cats, Timon & Pumba. She is an avid Cleveland Indians fan, her favorite destination is always the ballpark!
On-Site / Consulting Team
Dave is well-known in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan business community for his enthusiasm, training creativity and commitment to helping people work better, together. He provides customized training content, delivered with an innovative and interactive approach. Aside from training, Dave is also a published playwright and author. He and his wife, Jill, live in Gibsonburg.
Seminar Learning Team
Terry truly enjoys getting to know the EA members as he plans and manages our public seminars and conferences. Outside the office, he likes attending classic car shows, reading, and spending time with his wonderful family and friends. His biggest challenge is not stopping to pet every dog he happens to see.
Judi is no stranger to the world of HR and Customer Service and loves interacting with the EA’s members as the Membership and Seminar Learning Assistant. In her spare time, Judi loves movies, concerts, crafting, and turning trash into treasure. Her ideal day at home is filled with home and garden projects. Judi serves on the Board of Trustees for The Weston Public Library.
As an EA Wellness Manager, Megan enjoys working with her groups to set health goals and to improve quality of life. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing internal and external wellness challenges and activities, assisting with health assessments, and conducting wellness screenings with her groups. Megan enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and playing volleyball.
Sally’s passion for health and wellness is about helping to improve the quality of life for others. Her background in corporate wellness and health coaching help her clients achieve their wellness goals. Sally enjoys being active with her two young children. She hopes to pass on her love of fitness, health, and the outdoors to them.
Jennifer brings years of experience in Worksite Wellness with developing, coordinating, and delivering wellness activities, managing health screening events, and working closely with clients to support their wellness goals and objectives. Jennifer enjoys running and spends most of her free time with her 2 children, Avery and Aidan.
In the wellness consultant role, Paige enjoys having a hands-on approach assisting her clients in implementing their organizations health and wellness goals. Paige is responsible for organizing onsite Health Checks, implementing the group’s wellness initiatives, and helping organizations see the benefit of their wellness program. In her spare time Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and all things related to Pittsburgh Steeler Football.
Shannon recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Masters of Science in Health Promotion. Her experience with health and wellness ranges from teaching and coaching individuals to improve and achieve their wellness goal(s) to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for a healthy lifestyle in worksite wellness. She enjoys positively promoting health, giving back to her community by volunteering for Girls on the Run, staying active, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats!
Brandi uses her many years of experience in community health programming to create innovative programs and approaches for her clients. She loves helping others find wellness solutions for their individual lifestyles. Brandi is an avid yogi and enjoys singing and playing her guitar, the Cincinnati Reds, and the BGSU Falcons.
Ashley has always had an interest in a career in Wellness to help better the lives of others. As a Wellness Assistant, Ashley is responsible for a plethora of tasks including helping to organize the daily activities of Wellness Consultants. In her spare time, she enjoys running noncompetitively, spending time with friends and reading.
Our Board of Directors
Adele M. Jasion
Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler, Ltd
Chairperson – 2020
Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, Inc.
HR Director, Grain Division
The Andersons, Inc.
Robert F. Deardurff
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Consumer Services
Sauder Woodworking Co.
Director of Human Resources
Style Crest Enterprises
Vice President – Human Capital
Spangler Candy Company
VP of Human Resources
Genacross Lutheran Services
Hospice of Northwest Ohio
IT Project Management Consultant, Adjunct Instructor
David M. Smigelski
Spengler Nathanson, P.L.L.
Vice President of Human Resources
The Fremont Company
Centaur Associates, Inc.
Vice President, Human Resources