Larry Schleeter's lifetime of work in human resources started with a fork in his career road.

Chief Human Resources Officer
Memorial Health

Larry Schleeter's lifetime of work in human resources started with a fork in his career road.

Schleeter had graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in business administration and was working at Allstate Insurance in 1975 when he learned Metro Life Insurance was opening divisions in Dayton. He inquired about an administrative services job and was told there was also a human resources position open. Since his father had spent his career in HR, Schleeter decided to interview for that one, too. He was offered both positions and opted to go with human resources.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Schleeter has spent four decades serving internal clients at numerous companies, and from his present position as Memorial Health's chief human resources officer, he has proved a worthy winner of Columbus CEO's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

"I consider myself a servant leader, and I try to do that in a humble way," Schleeter says. "I create partnerships that work together to make things better for our most important resource: the people we work with. What I have tried to do over the years is support managers and remove roadblocks (to) allow them to be successful."

Although Schleeter started with insurance, his passion has long been healthcare, a focus that began in 1987 when he was hired as senior vice president of human resources for Grant Medical Center.

He was later promoted to chief human resources officer for Grant and Riverside Methodist hospitals, and OhioHealth, where he streamlined operations by combining all human resource efforts into one office.

After 11 years with OhioHealth, Schleeter sought a new opportunity with a startup information technology firm, joining SARCOM at Lewis Center as vice president of human resources. During his three years there, Schleeter directed human resources and payroll divisions of the $900 million company that employed 3,200 people in four divisions. His primary duties involved recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, organizational development and strategic planning.

Schleeter's next stop was two years as vice president of human resources at Peco II/North Electric, a manufacturing and telecommunications enterprise in Galion. But healthcare again called Schleeter in the form of New Albany Surgical Hospital, a then-physician- and corporate-owned orthopedic specialty hospital (since made part of Mount Carmel).

While serving as the startup's HR VP for two years, Schleeter helped the company build its workforce from the ground up, setting job descriptions, staffing, orientation processes, compensation and benefits programs, policies and procedures, education and training programs, and payroll systems.

"That is the kind of challenge I enjoy-to be on the ground floor and to have the opportunity to develop various programs in compensation and benefits," he says. "I love the opportunity to interview all the people coming in and to create a special environment."

Opportunity next knocked from the architectural, engineering and consulting firm WD Partners, where Schleeter served a year as chief people officer. Among his accomplishments were recruiting and filling more than 180 openings in a seven-month period, developing an onboarding and mentoring process for new associates and creating WD University, a learning and development center for internal staff training.

Schleeter subsequently served as vice president of professional services and human resources for Quick Solutions, Inc., an IT staffing and solutions business, but it wasn't long before healthcare called again. And Schleeter continued to go where he was most needed.

A former boss from OhioHealth recruited him in 2012 to Frederick, Md., to put together the human resource department for the Frederick Memorial Healthcare System. Although he was proud to be involved in yet another startup, Schleeter says the commute from Maryland to his Ohio home became tedious after a year. When Memorial Health asked that he take its HR helm, Schleeter was ready to come home.

"Typically, I am brought in to help with problems," Schleeter says. "I have been involved with four startup organizations that were in fast-growth development. I've also done reductions for businesses. All of the things I do, I am motivated, because I have the opportunity to make it better for the people who work here."

Schleeter, for the moment, is ready to stay in one place, relying on more than four decades of experience to serve Memorial's employees.

Chip Hubbs, CEO of Memorial Health, says Schleeter "has ridden all the rides. He just wants to be of service to others…and let other people get better. We have a young team. He will have the legacy of being a mentor and a coach. His real value is being a great example for our young people."

A father of three and grandfather to seven, Schleeter has learned the best way to succeed in human resources is to adapt often to serve an ever-changing workforce.

"There are differences in how we communicate with employees in their 20s and 30s; they are motivated by different things," Schleeter says. "There is more of a work-life balance, and they want to know someone is looking out for them."

He adds, "People who are in healthcare, at their core, are the same they have always been-they want to care for others. They want to help others. We owe them the same thing."

"What I have tried to do over the years is support managers and remove roadblocks (to) allow them to be successful."

"All of the things I do, I am motivated, because I have the opportunity to make it better for the people who work here."

Finalist

Cathy Rainaldi
Director of Human Resources
Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc.

Cathy Rainaldi was one of the first employees to come on board when a group of physicians gathered in 1996 to create the Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc. Since then, she has proved herself invaluable for her human resources expertise, helping the company establish 51 physician practices, and build and maintain a staff of more than 1,000 employees.

Along the way, she guided the employees of COPC as they established a full-scale laboratory system, three radiology centers, two cardiac testing centers and two physical therapy centers, while overseeing 250 physicians hired at a rate of about one a month for the past 19 years.

Rainaldi's colleagues call her "inherently collaborative," and say she never seeks credit for her individual accomplishments, leading to her selection as a finalist for the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rainaldi is known for her tireless work ethic, which often means she gets to work at 7 a.m., even on Saturdays, and stays late throughout the week. She also takes time to meet with COPC physicians and staffers in locations across Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Union counties.

Throughout her career, Rainaldi has consistently made progress attracting, retaining and engaging skilled talent for all of the COPC medical practices, as well as its centralized administration and billing office.