Mr. Cohen co-founded Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) with William R. Heffernan. For 41 years, he has worked as a corporate consultant specializing in Employee Assistance and Work-Life Programs, managed mental health care, and chemical dependency treatment.
Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).
Mr. Cohen has been an active member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and its Drug-Free Workplace and Workplace Excellence Committees. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago from November 1997 to November 2003. Mr. Cohen’s prior experience includes being the Director of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s and Rush North Shore Medical Center’s Employee Assistance Program. He has extensive experience working in the addictions field and has worked at Managed Health Network, Mount Sinai Medical Center as well as St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Mr. Cohen’s career began with the City of Madison, Wisconsin’s Department of Human Services in the Welfare Division providing public assistance to the indigent population.
Over the years, he’s played many vital roles within the Northern Illinois chapter of EAPA including Member of the Year in 2000, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA). In 2014, Mr. Cohen assumed the role of Chairperson for the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s School of Social Work Advisory Board of Visitors and transitioned to a regular board member status in 2017.