LEHIGH VALLEY INTER REGIONAL NETWORKING & CONNECTING CONSORTIUM

LINC Team

President/COO: Katelyn Mack

Katelyn recently returned to the Lehigh Valley after spending more than ten years helping nonprofit organizations make a measurable impact on issues ranging from education to community development. As a LINC client, she has experienced the value of its services first-hand. As a nonprofit executive, board member, and management consultant she brings core expertise in using data to learn and drive improvements.

Under her executive leadership at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in Menlo Park, CA, she led technology improvements and culture building that strengthened the organization’s ability reach more students and deepen the organization’s impact. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Club, Katelyn worked with a variety of philanthropic institutions, including the Ford Foundation, The California Endowment, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, various public-school districts, and others to achieve their goals.

Katelyn believes that inclusion, curiosity, and learning are critical drivers of success. In her work, she seeks opportunities to elevate underrepresented voices to catalyze change and achieve organizational objectives. She is passionate about engaging employers and employees to promote inclusive workplaces.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Katelyn is an active volunteer and community member, participating in college success programming and serving on boards of organizations supporting youths at risk of dropping out of high school. She is a granddaughter of a Cuban immigrant and also has deep roots in the Lehigh Valley.  Residing in Saucon Valley with her husband and two children, she can be found exploring new trails on foot or bike with her family.

Katelyn holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she led communications and technology initiatives, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Community Transition Specialist: Kristina (Krissi) Echevarria

Krissi decided to move to the Lehigh Valley full-time in 2020 after years of visiting family and friends, and has come to appreciate the community and rich history of the region. They received their bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in social welfare and education prior to relocating to the Lehigh Valley. Krissi is passionate about community engagement and looks forward to opportunities to create greater networks of diverse talent in the Lehigh Valley. Krissi values community engagement and believes that community relationships are essential for professional success.

Client Services Manager: Terry Camilli

Terry Camilli has over 15 years with Air Products as a marketing professional. Her broad experience working in a diverse multi-cultural employee and customer base will aid her in her new role as Client Services Manager. She highly values relationships and actively seeks to build those with partners, clients, and colleagues. Terry’s passion for marketing and people drives her to deliver business results while balancing a keen ability to listen and advise, with a kind, pleasant, nature.

As a Lehigh Valley resident for over 30 years, Terry’s knowledge and connections in the valley will enable her to support new hires and their families transitioning into the region. Her enthusiasm, tenacity, and can-do attitude create an environment that fosters integration and team collaboration. She is excited about the opportunity to acclimate future LINC clients into our community.

Community Transition Specialist: Teri Ahmad

Teri Ahmad began her career with LINC as a Client Services Representative. Her business communication skills and talent for managing logistics and operations were quickly recognized and she was promoted to Client Transition Specialist. Teri then has lived in the Lehigh Valley for over 20 years and raised two children here. Currently she resides in Hellertown Pennsylvania with husband. Teri’s knowledge of the area, surrounding communities and local resources has been an asset in helping incoming talent transition smoothly and integrate into the Lehigh Valley.

Prior to working for LINC, Teri was a well-known realtor and has long been connecting people to new opportunities and helping them to find homes and build lives in the Lehigh Valley. She is passionate about helping people relocate to the area and truly enjoys sharing her experiences and connecting her clients to community transition resources that will help them integrate into the community and learn more about the diverse culture of the Lehigh Valley.

Manager, DEI and Partner Career Support: Emilie Carlino

Emilie Carlino is the Manager, DEI and Partner Career Services.

DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) has been a growing focus for LINC and builds on the talent related services LINC has been providing for the past six years. In addition to managing our DEI efforts, Emilie will provide career support to spouses/partners of those who are moving to the region to start a new position.

Emilie comes to LINC with over 10 years’ experience in workforce development and in higher education settings and brings a significant breath of experience in both professional development education and career advising services for diverse professionals. She holds undergraduate degrees in education and science along with a graduate degree in health education with a concentration in community interventions. In addition to her formal education, she also holds multiple certificates for continued learning in the areas of leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence.

Emilie and her husband reside in Catasauqua, PA. In addition to her professional experience, Emilie is deeply engaged in serving our Lehigh Valley community. She has volunteered with and presented professional development education for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, PA CareerLink, and the Allentown YWCA’s Perfect Fit for Working Women program.

Emilie brings a diverse skill set and background to the new role. She is passionate about helping people and believes in LINC’s mission including attracting, supporting and retaining a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive Lehigh Valley. She values making genuine connections and building lasting relationships and hopes to foster growth and positive change in the lives of LINC clients and in Lehigh Valley employers.

Business Administrator: Brenda Ciena

Brenda Ciena serves as the Business Administrator for LINC operations. In this role, she will provide support to LINC staff, volunteers, customers, and clients and assist in the daily operations of business functions. She will also be a valued partner to the client services team in organizing and managing area resources to support successful community transitions.

Brenda graduated from Northampton Community College with an Associate degree in Applied Science focused on Healthcare Office Coordination and went on to achieve an additional certificate as a Healthcare Office Specialist as well.

Brenda comes to LINC with a strong background in workforce development, office administration, and financial management. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for Northampton Community College where she made an impact by helping students and adult learners overcome barriers to success and find meaningful employment in the Lehigh Valley. She is driven by her passion to make a difference in the lives of the individuals and businesses she serves.

Brenda believes in LINC’s mission and the power of inclusivity and connection in all that we do. Her organizational skills and experience managing all aspects of business operations will help propel the LINC team’s success.

Brenda was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley area and has one daughter. She enjoys traveling in her spare time and one day would like to visit Santorini, Greece, and London.

Community Transition Specialist: Sue McDermott

Sue is a seasoned professional offering 30+ years of experience in Human Resources management, relationship building, coaching/mentoring, conflict resolution, staffing, and training. She specializes in assisting professionals and their families relocating and transitioning to the Lehigh Valley.

During her professional career, Sue’s family moved 16 times within the United States from the east coast to the west coast. Her goal is to give people the power and support to build ‘community’ to make their transition, both personally and professionally, a successful one.