September 10, 2018
WASHINGTON—Theresa Ridderhoff has been
appointed as Associate General Secretary for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Ms. Ridderhoff is
currently Executive Director of the USCCB Office of Human Resources. She has been appointed to the new role upon
the retirement of Ms. Linda Hunt, who has served the conference for the past 22
years and as the USCCB’s Associate General Secretary since 2011. Msgr. Brian Bransfield, USCCB General
Secretary, made the appointment which will take effect at the end of the
Ms. Ridderhoff will function as chief
operations officer for the ongoing management of Conference
administration. She will also join the USCCB
Executive Leadership team in conducting the regular business of the General
Secretariat and in collaboration with USCCB staff.
“I express my gratitude to Theresa for
accepting this major responsibility in service to the Conference. Theresa
brings many years of experience in both the for profit and not for profit
worlds. During her time with the Conference,
she also collaborated on major projects including in the General Secretariat and
has always been an invaluable and dedicated partner in the significant work of
the Conference staff,” said Msgr. Bransfield.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration from Stonehill College, Theresa went on to receive a
Master of Arts in Education (in Instructional Technology) and a Certificate in
Human Resource Management, both from George Mason University. She holds the Senior Professional in Human
Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM-SCP
from the Society for Human Resources Management. Before joining the Conference, Theresa served
at Sallie Mae most recently as Senior Director of Human Resources.
Additionally, she has worked as a human resource consultant and in retail
training and management. Theresa joined
the Conference in 2011 and has served successfully since then in the important
position of Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources. She is a practicing Catholic, married for 18
years, and is the mother of two sons.
She regularly volunteers at her parish in Petersville, Maryland, and in
local community organizations.
“The successful and effective fulfillment of the
mission of the USCCB depends greatly on the high caliber of persons that serve
the Church and bishops through their work as Conference staff. I count among them as an esteemed colleague Ms.
Linda Hunt, Associate General Secretary, who informed me earlier this year of
her intention to retire at the end of this calendar year,” said Msgr.
Bransfield. “For more than two decades,
Linda has devoted countless hours of dedicated service to the work of the USCCB
and for this, we are deeply grateful.”
Ms. Hunt began her tenure with us the USCCB as
Associate Director of the Office of Human Resources followed by her subsequent
appointment as Director two years later. In 2010, Linda began service in the
General Secretariat as Associate General Secretary. Her love of the Church, her leadership in the
area of management and operations, and her professional and friendly
interaction with us all, will be sorely missed.
Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, USCCB, Monsignor Brian Bransfield; Theresa Ridderhoff, Linda Hunt,
Associate General Secretary, chief operations officer, Conference
administration, USCCB Executive Leadership, General Secretariat.