Interim CEO & Chief Growth & Development Officer: Donna Cornelius
Donna Cornelius is the interim CEO and Chief Growth & Development Officer (CGDO). During her previous role as CEO she was hired to build LINC she has been running and growing the organization for the last six years. Her knowledge and experience will drive her focus to exposure of LINC to work and support more employers in the Lehigh Valley. She will also be focused on the regional growth of LINC.
Prior to building and joining LINC she owned her own consulting company, WriteWorks Company for nearly 14 years. The company focused on marketing and project and content management. Her clients represented a multitude of industries. She also consulted and managed projects for large companies like Lexis Nexis, T-Mobile and H&R Block, mid-level companies, as well as working with non-profit organizations.
During the growth of LINC Donna received her certification in Culture Competency, she is a Certified Biblical Counselor and has completed and now coaches transformational leadership trainings. These trainings and certifications contribute to the growth and success of LINC.
In the last two years Donna has added Business Coaching, leadership training, speaking and teaching to her list of accomplishments.
Whether consulting, managing, or coaching, she applies the same principles: Perspective, Goals, and a Strong Plan that results in success. Her self-proclaimed title of “People Broker” is what drove her to accept the Lehigh University’s National Science Foundation Supplement Grant position. She was hired to build the LINC organization in collaboration with an amazing task force of regional employers and stakeholder executives. Donna believes that collaboration is what excels all in a positive direction.
As an accompanying partner spouse” through nine moves, she understands the challenges and obstacles of transitioning to a new community, profession, and life. Her passion to turn obstacles into opportunities, and her passion for people, is what drives her to support and lead LINC and all of her businesses with the expectation that all things are possible. Whether working with the regional employers on solutions for recruitment and retention, coaching leadership trainings, speaking, or one-on-one coaching there is one thread that remains the same: It starts with a vision. It continues with transformation: Cast It, Define It, Develop It, Build it. Live it!
Donna earned a B.A. degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. Donna and her husband Larry live in the Lehigh Valley. They have a daughter who is an entrepreneur like her Mother and owns a highly successful spa in Easton, and two grown sons. One is an Easton Police Officer and a Sargent in the National Guard; and the youngest son is preparing to go into the Army full-time.
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.
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.
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
I am a seasoned professional offering 30+ years of experience in most areas of Human Resources from management, relationship building, coaching/mentoring, conflict resolution, staffing, and training.
Most recently, it has been my good fortune to be associated with a wonderful non-profit, Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium – LINC, specializing in assisting professionals and their families to relocate and transition to the Lehigh Valley.
You see I am also a relocation expert. During my professional career, my family and I have moved 16 times within the United States from the east coast to the west coast. My goal is to give people the power and support to build ‘community’ to make their transition, both personally and professionally, a successful one.