On May 4, 2015, LINC opened its doors and began working with regional employers and many other organizations who understand that building bridges and networks for transitioning new hires brings growth and success for all those involved.LINC is a non-profit organization that focuses on support of employers and relocated employees and the community as it pertains to dual career, community transition and diversity and inclusion.
The LINC team was strategically built to accomplish the mission and objectives of the community. From dual career to community transition to diversity and incusion, this team is not only professional and has the knowledge and expertise in their specific areas of practice; it is a team that has heart. The hardest part of transition to a new area is isolation. The LINC programs offer one-on-one support to overcome the obstacles and challenges and creates opportunities for engagement on both a professional and social aspect.
As the Executive Director, I am very proud to have such a phenomenal team!
Executive Director: Donna Cornelius
Donna Cornelius brings both professional and personal experience to her role as Executive Director. She owned her own consulting company focusing on Project and Content Management for nearly 14 years. She has worked with large companies like Lexis Nexis, T-Mobile and H&R Block, mid-level companies as well as working with non-profit organizations. 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 project manager's position one year ago. She was hired to build the LINC organization in collaboration with an amazing task force of regional employers and stakeholder executives. As a "trailing 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 why LINC isn't a job, but an opportunity. Whether working with the regional employers on solutions for recruitment and retention or one-on-one with the clients there is one thread that remains the same:
It starts with a vision. It ends in transformation: Cast It, Define It, Develop It, Build it. Live it!
IT Specialist, Administrative Support and all around Girl Friday: Patricia Sittikul
Patricia Sittikul is a student at Lehigh University studying Computer Science. She maintains the LINC portal and website, writes related programs, and assists with LINC processes. Her interests include web development, graphic design, and human computer interaction. She lives in Bethlehem and is delighted to be a part of the LINC team.
Dual Career Coordinator: Sue McDermott
Although a native of the Lehigh Valley, I have experienced both sides of the relocation process 16 times, the traveling spouse with 2 children, as well as the relocated employee with family.
My professional background includes over 25 years in the staffing industry with experience and success in management, professional recruiting, relationship building, mentoring, client retention, solution sales and marketing.
As the Dual Career Coordinator for LINC, the combination of both multiple relocations, and expertise in staffing, gives me significant insight and understanding of the many challenges involved. It is with excitement and pleasure I look forward to helping others transition successfully to the business world in the Lehigh Valley.
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.
Business Support Administrator: Tracie Spence
I bring 20 years of non-profit experience with roles in communications, fundraising and administrative support to LINC. My knowledge provides a solid base for the newly created role of Business Support Administrator. In this role, I assist the Executive Director with daily operations of the business and lend support to the Client Services Coordinators.
With nine moves to three different states and three different countries, I realize how much I would have benefitted from a program like LINC. I moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2007 where I reside with my son, husband and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities including running, gardening, biking and spending time at the beach.
Volunteer Ambassador Coordinator: Trudy Siak
I have always enjoyed being a “people connector” from my early working days in Human Resources at a bank to serving as an officer and engaging member of a Welcome Wagon Club in Butler, PA, to my involvement with the Newcomers’ Club of the Greater Lehigh Valley over the last ten years. I have embraced learning about the entire Lehigh Valley and exploring all it has to offer. Many people have dubbed me as an “ambassador” as I am always promoting a business, place or event. I thrive on meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them connect to others.
This passion led me to my volunteer work with LINC and I am currently serving as the Ambassador Coordinator, assisting Terry Camilli in pairing clients with a volunteer ambassador.
Other local organizations that I support with my time are the Allentown Symphony Organization, Buy Fresh Buy Local and The Seed Farm. One of my proudest volunteer moments was the opening of the Boyertown Community Library in my hometown where I served as a founding board member and treasurer for a number of years.
I am a mother to two grown sons and currently live in Lower Macungie with my two cats. I love to shop at the many wonderful local farmers’ markets and cook whatever is in season. I also enjoy walking and exploring the many neighborhoods throughout the valley as well as biking on the D & L trails.
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