Zima Named Chief Human Resources Officer for Bethesda

Watertown, Wis. – Bethesda Lutheran Communities has appointed Cheryl Zima as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Zima will lead all aspects of the organization’s human resources functions, including strategy, recruitment, performance improvement, quality and evaluation.

In her new role as CHRO for Bethesda, Zima brings extensive experience in the healthcare, retail, banking, finance, IT and insurance industries and has completed significant work in the areas of business growth, change transition, restructuring, turn-around and reorganization.

“I’m excited to have an executive with Cheryl’s extensive experience joining the Bethesda team,” said Mike Thirtle, Bethesda’s President and CEO. “Her past success in building high-performing teams and elevating core HR functions is impressive, and we are lucky to have her.”

Before coming to Bethesda, Zima served as CHRO and Vice President of Human Resources at Ministry Healthcare. In the human resources field, she has also worked in leadership roles at United Government Services, Washington Mutual/Fleet Mortgage and Firstar Bank.

Zima holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in marketing and personnel management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We help people live the lives they want through more than 300 programs across the country. Learn more at www.BethesdaLutheranCommunities.org.


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