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Meet the Team

It is our honor to present the appointed Founding Officers and Committee Chairs of the 29th Chapter.


Vanessa D. Smith

Vanessa D. Smith, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-CP, is the Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at Community Medical Center (affiliate of RWJBarnabas Health) located in Toms River, NJ.  Ms. Smith is responsible for the leadership, strategic vision, administration and execution of the human resource function at Community Medical Center.  Prior to joining Community Medical Center, Ms. Smith was employed by Erickson Living, a premier management organization for retirement communities headquartered in Catonsville, Maryland.  She served as a Director of Human Resources for 10 years and received multiple recognitions as a leader for her  contributions within the organization. Ms. Smith is recognized for her executive leadership and commitment to driving excellence in the organizations she serves. She has over 20 years of  combined professional experience and executive leadership experience.  Ms. Smith’s experience spans industries that include high technology, wealth management, senior retirement communities and healthcare. She is known for her analytical skills, program development, strategic planning, comprehensive approach to problem solving.  


Ms. Smith is currently the Founding President of the NAHSE-New Jersey Chapter and was an integral part of the Chapter Formation Committee. Ms. Smith holds an MBA  with a minor in Human Resource Management from Strayer University as well as two certifications as a senior professional in human resources.  She also received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Park University. She is an active volunteer in her community supporting various  non-profit organizations including Boys Scouts of America, United Way, Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources and Sixth Street Baptist Church.

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