Children’s Specialized Hospital names vice president and chief human resources officer

With over 25 years of human resources management experience, plus a passion for the nonprofit sector, Lisa Knothe was named vice president and chief human resources officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

In her new role, Knothe will oversee all human resources functions while cultivating an environment built on values and employee engagement, including attracting, retaining and promoting professional growth and inclusivity, for the New Brunswick-based hospital.

“I am confident that Ms. Knothe will guide CSH into a new era of workforce development, ensuring that employees are engaged and satisfied, and that diversity, inclusion and professional development opportunities are at the forefront of our work,” Dr. Matthew McDonald III, CEO and president, Children’s Specialized Hospital, said in a prepared statement.

Since joining CSH in 2019, Knothe has held the positions of director of talent acquisition & employee experience and director of human resources. Over the past three years, she has played a pivotal part in improving recruitment, employee experience and the development of initiatives like the Employee Resource Groups. Prior to joining CSH, Knothe served as the human resources manager at RWJBarnabas Health Human Resources Service Center in Somerset.

A graduate of Stevens Institute for Technology with a master’s degree in applied psychology and a concentration in human resources management, she started her career in HR working in retirement planning, health care and warehouse distribution before moving on to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, where she served as vice president of human resources and job training.

Knothe currently serves as a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and is certified from SHRM as a Senior Certified Professional, or SHRM-SCP, and holds a certification from the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, or SPHR. She is also a member of RWJBH’s Women’s Leadership Alliance, a graduate of Rutgers University’s Nonprofit Executive Leaders Program and is a fellow of Lead New Jersey, a group of leaders helping effect change throughout New Jersey.