Bob VandePol, MSW

Executive Director

Bob VandePolBob VandePol serves as Executive Director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Prior to spear heading our EAP program, Mr. VandePol was president of the world’s largest provider of critical incident response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, he has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and frequently consults regarding how executives can lead organizational recovery during crises. He brings tremendous insights in the EAP programs and services with his experience in crisis response training, consultation, and service to faith-based organizations.

Speaking engagements include international audiences from a variety of professions and industries.

Selected engagements include:

  • United States Senate – Peer Disaster Committee
  • Harvard University World Extreme Medicine Conference
  • Zurich Military Contractor Forum
  • Employee Assistance Professional Association World Conference
  • Risk Insurance Management Society
  • The Conference Board (US)
  • The Conference Board of Canada – Council of Emergency Management
  • Peru Seguridad de Minera International Conference on Mining Safety
  • National Safety Council World Congress
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference
  • American Insurance Association


Special projects and publications have engaged diverse professional groups.

Selected involvements include:

  • Co-Chaired the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Workplace Taskforce
  • Served as Board Member for the National Behavioral Consortium
  • Authored Position Leaders to Lead: Management Consultation following Workplace Crisis in the Journal of Employee Assistance
  • Interviewed by New York City’s CBS radio affiliate regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and how adults can now support children.
  • Contributing author of A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Objectives for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide. Distributed by the American Association of Suicidology’s Workplace Postvention Task Force in partnership with the Carson J Spencer Foundation and Crisis Care Network.
  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) The Importance of Managing Human Factors during a Workplace Crisis; a whitepaper distributed by Zurich North America. (2011)
  • Co-authored (with George Everly Ph.D) When Tragedy Strikes: Crisis Management for Critical Incidents and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; a whitepaper distributed by Zurich North America.
  • Authored Facilitating Individual and Organizational Resiliency After Workplace Tragedy in Good Company.
  • Authored (with Mark Attridge Ph.D) The Business Case for Critical Incident Response Services in the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.
  • Cited in The Conference Board of Canada’s briefing Managing the Risks of Workplace Violence and Harassment.
  • Authored (with Betty Gilmore Psy.D) Healing the Wounds: How to support your employees in the aftermath of a bank robbery in Texas Banking.
  • Quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding the increase in retail crime during the economic downturn.
  • Consulted with leading business, government, and military organizations regarding crisis response planning and response.