Paul LaLonde

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Paul LaLonde, SHRM-CP, is Vice President of Operations & Human Resources at Voluntary Action Center in Sycamore, IL, a nonprofit that provides nutrition and transit services to seniors and individuals with disabilities in a five county region in northern Illinois. Paul is passionate about HR, helping others, and doing the right thing. He is an alumnus of Northern Illinois University where he earned a B.A. in History and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. He currently serves as President of the Kishwaukee Association of Human Resources (KAHR) and Secretary for the Illinois Fox Valley Chapter of SHRM. Paul is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Game of Thrones geek, and heavy metal enthusiast (it’s all about the riff). He resides in Sycamore with his wide and son and their two disobedient cats. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter at @HRPaul49.

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“Just hang around people, and good things will happen!” – Steve Browne

July 2, 2019


“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” –John Maxwell


June 17, 2019


“With the right people, culture, and values, you can accomplish great things.” – Tricia Griffith, American Businesswoman


May 30, 2019


“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova


Being #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, this blog post goes out to all persons challenged with mental health conditions. Together, we can help end stigma and get people the help and love they need and deserve. No one is ever alone.

May 17, 2019


“In God we trust; all others must bring data.” – William Edwards Deming

Note: This blog post is a contribution to the #SHRM19Blogger website. If interested in discovering other amazing HR bloggers, please click the link to read other posts!

April 29, 2019


On March 19th, I had the privilege of presenting to the Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) Conference in Springfield, IL. I was asked to present on the topic of HR challenges that rural transit operators face and how to overcome them.

March 25, 2019