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Hope Network Selects Kim Dorer for Chief People Officer Role

Accomplished HR Executive Brings 20+ Years of Experience to Newly-Created Position

Kim Dorer CPO
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 31, 2023)
Hope Network, a leading provider of healthcare and life services across Michigan, has named Kim Dorer, MPA, SPHR, CFP, as its Chief People Officer. In this newly created position, Dorer will lead the dynamic growth of the nonprofit’s expanding team of talented professionals.

“Investing in our greatest resource – our employees – remains one of Hope Network’s guiding values, which is why I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring such an experienced HR leader with regional and global exposure, as well as a history of operational excellence, employee engagement and high-performance team building to our organization,” said Bob Von Kaenel, Hope Network President & Chief Executive Officer.

“As we accelerate our efforts to remain a viable and relevant employer of choice amid today’s ever-changing era of talent opportunities, we have every confidence in Kim’s natural, compassionate leadership abilities, proven skill set and innovative practices in charting an exciting path forward,” added Von Kaenel.

Dorer, a resident of Rockford, Michigan, brings over two decades of executive-level HR experience, including senior roles at Amway and Corewell Health (Spectrum Health). Most recently, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at Simplified Investment.

“I am honored to be a part of the Hope Network mission, delivered through the specialized talents of an incredible team of professionals; I’m truly looking forward to the exciting and important work ahead,” Dorer said. “Transactional tasks are important, but there is nothing like the sheer power in having a workforce that is connected to purpose and feels really good about what they do every single day.”

Hope Network’s more than 2,800 employees provide services to more than 34,000 people across the state every year at more than 300 locations.

Dorer holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Grand Valley State University, as well as dual degrees from Western Michigan University: a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from the Haworth College of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology. A sought-after national speaker, Dorer has earned numerous awards and recognitions for her outstanding contributions to the field.

She officially assumes her role as Chief People Officer at Hope Network on July 31.


About Hope Network: Hope Network is a non-profit organization that provides healthcare and life services across Michigan. Through a faith-centered mission, Hope Network goes to incredible lengths to help people overcome the physical, social, or mental barriers standing in their way.