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.
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.
Partner Career Client Manager: Melanie Sanchez-Jones
I am passionate about helping others find jobs that allow them to bring the best of themselves to work. I have done this throughout my career as a manager at Air Products and as a consultant with The Professional Development Group. My work in many different roles from engineering to human resources with people around the world, specifically in Western Europe, China, South Korea, and Singapore, has been rewarding because I enjoy connecting people to solve problems and seize opportunities.
I have been on the partner side of several relocations in the U.S. and China and know the joys and frustrations that such moves can create. I believe my understanding, optimism, and connections to many employers in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area are key to my work.
My goal is to guide LINC’s clients to jobs in our area where they can be their best, utilize their strengths, and thoroughly enjoy their work.
My favorite sayings are “YOU own your career” and “80% of jobs are found through your network.”
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: Michael Millo
As a former LINC client I bring real experience to this real. I have moved to many cities and always found a way to engage early on. As a people person I love the energy and fellowship of being around 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.
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