Senior HR Professionals from Tri-state Area Companies Fulfill Children’s Holiday Wishes

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Members of the Senior HR Advisory Board (SHRAB) take time from their busy schedules to fulfill the holiday wish list of first graders attending Neighborhood House, a Cornerstone Family Program nonprofit in Morris County. SHRAB is a professional HR networking group founded by A.J. O’Connor Associates in 2008, attracting senior HR leaders from Tri-state area organizations.

Andy O'Connor, President of A.J. O'Connor Associates Drops Off SHRAB Member Holiday Gifts

Senior HR Professionals from Tri-state area companies fulfill children’s holiday wishes!

This was an opportunity to share our blessings with those in need. I know I can speak for all SHRAB members when I say how satisfying it is to play a role in making the holiday wishes of these first graders a reality.

To mark the holiday season, Mike Kahrer, SHRAB member and VP of HR at Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., proposed to fellow SHRAB members that they might do something to give back to the community. Andy O’Connor, AJO President and founder of the SHRAB, currently serves on the Board of Cornerstone Family Programs (formerly Family Services of Morris County). Andy and his team identified Cornerstone Family Program’s Neighborhood House as a worthy recipient. Morristown Neighborhood House is a nonprofit organization that provides programs in Morristown, Dover, Denville and Frelinghuysen Middle School in NJ. In a typical day, over 1,500 infants and preschoolers; children and youth from elementary school through high school; and adults of all ages receive services through Neighborhood House.

SHRAB members elected to purchase a gift from a wish list put together by first grade boys and girls, ages 6 and 7 attending Morristown Neighborhood House. The last of the gifts were collected at SHRAB’s year end meeting and social event at the beginning of this month. Andy O’Connor and Alice Yoson from AJO presented the SHRAB members’ gift contributions to Neighborhood House in time for the children’s holiday party.

SHRAB member Mike Kahrer noted that, “We understand that most of the Morristown Neighborhood House children are from families whose parents are financially disadvantaged. SHRAB was founded on the principal of sharing with fellow professionals. This was an opportunity to share our blessings with those in need. I know I can speak for all SHRAB members when I say how satisfying it is to play a role in making the holiday wishes of these first graders a reality.”

Andy O’Connor commented, “We were delighted when Mike Kahrer floated this idea. Connecting the needs of Cornerstone Family Programs with the goals of the SHRAB was a perfect way to conclude a celebratory year at AJO and one in which the central theme was giving back to the community.”

About the Senior Human Resources Advisory Board (SHRAB): A.J. O’Connor Associates formed the Senior Human Resource Advisory Board (SHRAB) in June 2008 to bring together senior human resource leaders from organizations in the Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). Today the SHRAB has over 60 members and the Group meets quarterly to network, share ideas and current initiatives and to discuss business challenges. If you are a senior HR professional in the Tri-state area and would like to learn more, please visit AJO’s website to download a membership flyer.

About A.J. O’Connor Associates (AJO): Founded in 1983, A.J. O’Connor Associates partners with individuals, teams and organizations to reach their goals. From the career coaching needs of individuals and organizations, to executive coaching, to team and leadership development programs, AJO offers uncompromising personalized service and customized solutions. Headquartered in New Jersey, AJO is a second-generation family owned business with a strong client base throughout the Northeastern United States. AJO’s team includes over 100 knowledgeable and experienced Executive Coaches and Senior Career Consultants who offer expanded national and international coverage. 2013 marks the celebration of 30 years in business. For more photos, please visit AJO's Facebook page.

About Morristown Neighborhood House: Morristown Neighborhood House builds better lives and stronger communities through pre-school, after school, summer camp, recreation, arts, and tutoring and mentoring programs for children and youth. Programs for immigrants and families facing economic challenges include recreation, work force development, language, support, and skill building. Founded in 1898 as a settlement house that helped Italian immigrants acclimate to a new culture, the core mission of helping new immigrants and families confronting economic challenges and fostering cross-cultural acceptance remains the same. Programs are offered in Morristown, Dover, and Denville. For more information, please call 973-538-1229 or visit The Neighborhood House is a subsidiary of Cornerstone Family Programs, Morristown NJ. For more information call 973-538-5260 or visit

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