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Vice president of HR, Catholic Charities New Hampshire
David Twitchell. Photo by Jane Button
David Twitchell, SHRM-SCP, commutes 150 miles round-trip to work each day. But he doesn’t mind a bit because he has found his “dream job.”
He works at Catholic Charities New Hampshire, which provides a broad range of assistance for those in need, including food, health care, and immigration and counseling services.
“I find the focus on service to those most vulnerable motivates me to be the best I can be,” he says. He feels fortunate to have a job where his personal values align with his professional goals.
His desire to help others is also evident in his volunteer work with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He currently serves on SHRM’s Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Special Expertise Panel. He is also on the board of his local SHRM chapter, the Manchester Area Human Resources Association, and is the membership director for the HR State Council of New Hampshire. Additionally, he is a public voice on HR issues as a member of SHRM’s Advocacy Team.
Like most people, he has hit a few bumps in the road during his lengthy career. But the friendships with HR colleagues that he has made along the way help him to keep moving forward.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Being downsized from a director’s position at a hospital due to budget cuts. While not pleasant, it became one of the best moments of my professional life. While job hunting, I took a contract position that required me to assist in closing a hospital and reopening it as a critical-access facility. Learning how to deal with my job loss helped me to convince others they could do the same—and find the perfect position waiting for them on the other side.
What’s your work philosophy?
Family first. My team members know that if they want to attend an important family event, I will support that. Likewise, I know I’ll have their assistance if we need to put in extra hours on a special project. You are only as good as the team working with you.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
There are two sides to every issue. The best answer usually lies somewhere in the middle.
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