The Ohio State University at Marion


Local organizations honored by Alber Enterprise Center

Pictured accepting their award are, left to right: Krista Somershoe, Human Resources Generalist, and Walt Rodgers, Vice President for Human Resources, with RelaDyne. Center: Myra Wilson, MS, SHRM-SCP, Director, Alber Enterprise Center.


May 31, 2017 - Marion, Ohio -- Several organizations and two individuals received honors during a luncheon and awards ceremony recently for their Outstanding Achievement and Excellence by Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University at Marion.

Those honored were: Marion City Schools, RelaDyne, United Church Homes, Ver-Mac Industries, Inc., and two solutions partners: Lynn Geist and James Franks. “These clients and partners were honored for their overall commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in their respective industries,” stated Myra Wilson, MS, SHRM-SCP, Director.

Marion City Schools received an award for Embracing Lean Six Sigma in Public Education. Since early 2016, the staff at Marion City Schools has been utilizing the concepts and processes of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) to make significant improvements throughout their school district. Thirteen employees participated in Alber’s Green Belt training through online learning, webinars and on-site discussions to learn and practice the LSS principles to improve processes and eliminate redundancies. Accepting the award on behalf of the school district was Jennifer Lawson, Assistant Superintendent.

RelaDyne, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, received an award for Investment in Learning Resulting in Positive Impact on Business. This company’s successful utilization of the Center’s issue analysis process created the foundation that resulted in crafting a customized training curriculum for managers. RelaDyne has taken this training to numerous offices in seven states to develop unified human resources best practices. Walt Rodgers, Vice President of Human Resources, and Krista Somershoe, Human Resources Generalist, accepted the award for RelaDyne.

United Church Homes (UCH), headquartered in Marion, Ohio, was honored for Visionary Strategic Leadership Development. This award was given to recognize the UCH vision to develop current and future leaders through three pilot programs. One was a frontline supervisors’ leadership workshop, where the 40 participants reported positive results including improved communication. Another was L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership, Education, Achievement, Development and Success) geared to providing career opportunities to ensure the future of UCH. Still a third pilot program was the successful Elder Care Certificate, designed to create a career pathway for direct care, non-clinical employees. Accepting the award was Cheryl Wickersham, Vice President for Housing Services.

Ver-Mac Industries, Mount Vernon, Ohio, also received an award for Visionary Strategic Leadership Development. The company’s goal was to achieve a culture change, including enhanced decision-making, influencing higher levels of employee performance, developing key leaders and involving employees in planning for key performance indicators. Mitch Durbin, Vice President/General Manager, accepted the award.

In addition to the above organizational awards, two Alber Enterprise Center solutions partners, Lynn Geist and Jim Franks, received recognition for Excellence in Service to the Voice of the Customer. Each of these professionals exemplifies the guiding principles of the Center, and strives to make a tangible, positive impact on each organization.


The Ohio State University’s Alber Enterprise Center mission is to enable organizations to build internal strengths and remove obstacles for success through leadership development, continuous improvement and innovative culture. Among the Center’s guiding principles is to serve as a catalyst for change, innovation and progress, positively impacting individuals, organizations, and communities. To learn more about the Alber Enterprise Center, go to alber.osu.edu or call 740-725-6325.