BELLEVILLE, NJ -  Desyra A. Highsmith-Holcomb of Nutley was named to the position of Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) effective November 26.

“I am thrilled to welcome Desyra aboard” said Mary Ellen Clyne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “In her new role, Desyra’s work will directly focus on reinforcing our commitment to valuing diversity, equity and inclusion in every way at Clara Maass” Clyne said.“The Director of Diversity and Inclusion is a new role at CMMC and Desyra will be responsible for expanding and integrating the Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s plan at CMMC.

Her responsibilities will include developing tactics and strategies to ensure that the hospital continues to incorporate equitable, culturally-competent, patient-centered care to its diverse patients and surrounding community. ” said Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at RWJBarnabas Health.

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“Desyra has a proven track record of achievements in leadership and the human resources industry, and I look forward to working with her to implement programs focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives at Clara Maass Medical Center” said Alfred Torres, MBA, Chief Human Resources Officer at Clara Maass Medical Center.

Highsmith-Holcomb comes to CMMC from William Paterson University in Wayne, where she held various roles including Associate Director of Human Resources, Director of Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer. There, she developed and executed initiatives to advance the University’s culture, improve employee engagement and to recruit and retain a diverse universe of faculty, staff and administrators. She delivered opportunities for the University community to increase awareness of issues related to discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. She also established partnerships and outreach strategies to foster inclusion and engagement and helped to drive strategies and operationalize business objectives in the areas of recruitment, hiring, training and development, employee relations and engagement, institutional culture and reward and recognition. 

During her tenure at Legrand & Middle Atlantic Products in Fairfield from 2005-2014, Highsmith-Holcomb held the role of Human Resources Manager, Manager of Human Resources-Center of Excellence and Training and Development Manager. In these roles she developed and led a host of employee and leadership programs that ranged from organizational and professional development programs to employee engagement and HR branding. From 2000 to 2005 she was also a Corporate Trainer at Middlesex and Raritan Valley Colleges.

Clara Maass Medical Center is one of 14 facilities of RWJBarnabas Health.