Rhonda Meadows

Title

Sr. Human Resource Business Partner

Education

B.S. Sociology, University of Oregon

Rhonda Meadows joined the Xenium team in March, 2015 as a Senior Human Resource Business Partner. Rhonda has worked in the Human Resources field for over 30 years with experience in organizational development, benefits administration and recruitment/staffing, community relations, program/policy formulation, management training, presentations before groups, teaching, coaching, labor relations, negotiation, mediation, and counseling.

Known for her innovative contributions to the HR function at major corporations, Rhonda has served as VP of HR at Columbia Distributing Company, HR Director at Risk Management Group, and Human Resources Manager at Metro Metals Northwest Inc. As a consultant she’s worked with Pepsi, Triquent Semiconductors, and Micro Tech, and owns her own HR consulting firm, The HR Solution. Rhonda has served on several non-profit Boards including Chairperson for SEI (Self Enhancement Inc), Chairperson for Bridge Meadows, University of Oregon College of Arts and Science board member, and is currently Vice Chairperson of Project Lemonade and Vice Chair of Programming for CASA Board of Directors.

Additionally, Rhonda has a passion for non-profit programs, specifically those that benefit foster youth, and has founded two organizations with this aim.

Inspired by her experience as a foster parent, Rhonda established Bridge Meadows, an intergenerational community in North Portland whose mission is to promote permanency, community and caring relationships for adoptive families of foster children while offering meaningful purpose in the lives of older adults. The community, which opened in the summer of 2011, features reduced-rent homes for families who adopt foster children, reduced-rent apartments for seniors who function as surrogate grandparents and central community spaces and resources. The families will receive the support that typically disappears after adopting a foster child, the seniors will gain a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in their lives and, most important, some of Oregon’s 13,000 foster children will finally find peace and a sense of place.

In 2011 Rhonda founded Project Lemonade, a program that gives Portland area foster children the unique opportunity to shop for new and nearly new clothing at no charge to them or their foster families. The mission of Project Lemonade is based upon the belief that starting the school year with new clothes gives children greater confidence and builds their self esteem so they feel good about themselves regardless of their living situation, and thereby increasing their prospects for success in the coming school year.