Since the beginning of 2021, three new members have joined CRJ’s Executive Team: Vice President for Human Resources and Culture Pierre Lubin, Vice President for Quality and Compliance Oyeyemi Payne, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wendy Smith.
Smith succeed CFO Rick McCrossan, who retired in August. Lubin and Payne are both longtime CRJ employees and were promoted to fill new positions created to reflect the organization’s growth, strategic planning, and priorities for the future. They join President and CEO Deb O’Brien, Vice President for Disability Services Bill Ames, Vice President and Executive Director of the Crime and Justice Institute Christine Cole, and Vice President for Justice Services Ellen Donnarumma on the team.
Pierre was promoted to the new Vice President for Human Resources and Culture position in February. He is responsible for aligning CRJ’s human resources strategy with the organization’s strategic and operational needs. Pierre is a seasoned HR professional with 17 years of experience in the field. He joined CRJ in 2017 as Benefits Manager and was promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources the following year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Salem State University, and he earned his Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Oyeyemi was promoted to the new Vice President for Quality and Compliance position in September. In his new role, he is responsible for collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data, and maintaining the company’s policies and procedures, among many other functions. Oyeyemi joined CRJ in 2003 and has held the positions of Residential Director II, Program Manager, and Program Coordinator in CRJ’s Community Strategies programs in Massachusetts, and served on the Positive Behavioral Support (BPS) leadership team. He holds an MBA with a focus on analytics from Bryant University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in general business from the University of Rhode Island.
Wendy joined CRJ in August to succeed Rick McCrossan, who retired over the summer. Wendy is a certified public accountant with 25 years of experience in accounting and finance in a broad range of industries, including three years as CFO for Turning Point, Inc., a human services nonprofit organization. She began her career within financial services, holding various security trading licenses for such companies as AIG, Smith Barney, and Oppenheimer. After transitioning to focus on corporate finance, Wendy led teams for large global companies, including Osram Sylvania, Bennett & Co, and PerkinElmer.