Introducing Geminus/Regional Human Resources Team

 

Gary Vanderlinden, PhD

Chief Human Resources Officer

Dr. Gary Vanderlinden directs the Human Resources Department, and oversees all human resources management functions within Geminus Corporation, Regional Mental Health Center and its affiliates.  He has over 30 years of experience in managing Human Resources functions of Chicago-area organizations with responsibilities ranging from recruitment, selection and on-boarding, to compensation, benefits, employee relations, legal compliance, training, employee development, safety, and labor relations. 

Dr. Vanderlinden holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His areas of research interest include leadership and the effects of demographic diversity on workgroups. He also holds an MBA, and a BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology both also from UIC, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations/Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago.  He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Dr. Vanderlinden is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management , the Academy of Management, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association...

 

 

Kristina Houston

Kristina Houston, BA, PHR

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Kristina Houston  provides HR services to the managers and employees at  Geminus Corporation.  In addition, she holds a senior role in leading the HR Business Partner team.  She has over 13 years of HR experience with a work history in Higher Education, Logistics, Insurance, and Manufacturing industries. In addition, she has also worked in the field of administration in the healthcare industry.  

Kristina has experience in roles such as HR Manager, HR Officer, and HR Generalist. She has worked in Training and Development, Employee Relations, Investigations, Recruitment and Retention, Benefits and Compensation, Career-Pathing, Payroll, Policies and Procedures, HRIS, Onboarding & Off-boarding and other HR areas.  Kristina holds a B.A Degree with a concentration of Business from Chicago State University in Chicago and an A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts from Lincoln College in Bloomington/Normal Illinois. Kristina has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 2011.

 

Chriselle Asuma-Irion

Chriselle Asuma-Irion, BA

Human Resources Business Partner

Chriselle Asuma-Irion is one of the newer members of the HR Team joining Geminus in May 2017. She provides HR services and support to Geminus Head Start where she facilitates with recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, training and development.

Chriselle has previous experience in agency staffing and recruiting for various industries, mainly Technology and Professional Services. She has also specialized in high volume and technical recruiting in multiple markets. Chriselle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University and is continuing her education in Human Resources.

  

Lynette Barnwell, MS

Human Resources Business Partner

Lynette Barnwell joined Geminus Corporation as a Human Resources Business Partner in July of 2013. She is the associate that collaborates with management concerning “people” issues at Regional Mental Health Center’s Stark Center in East Chicago, Lake Park RBA, Regional Health Clinic in Hammond, and two of the Center’s residential group homes. 

Lynette is originally from Chicago where she completed her undergraduate studies at Robert Morris College, and later graduated from Keller Graduate School earning a Master of Science in Human Resources. 

She has served in the role of Professional Development Facilitator for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin prior to coming to Geminus and took great pride in training and evaluating individuals and employees in various professional subject matters. She has also gained years of experience in recruiting and retention, marketing, and training within various industries such as: education, real estate, advertising, and social services. She is honored to be a part of the Geminus, Regional, and RBA team.

 

 

Gwen Wilkerson, MHRD

Human Resources Business Partner

Gwen Wilkerson is the Human Resources Business Partner for Strawhun Center, Pathway, Residence, Stepping Stone (Group Homes), Clubhouse, Water Tower East/West, Hobart and Bell Tower Apartments.  Her responsibility is liaison to employees in a variety of areas including employee relations, recruitment, on-boarding, credentialing, training and development.

She was previously employed with Regional Mental Health Center part-time for 4 years and joined Geminus Corporation in July of 2013.  Prior to coming to Regional/Geminus, Gwen was employed with a school corporation as a Property Control Specialist  responsible for over 175,000 district assets. Gwen also served in the school corporation’s Human Resources Department in Professional Development, and was responsible for the training and development of all employees.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree from Indiana State University. 

Gwen has also been a specialty boutique business owner and is a State of Indiana licensed teacher.

 

Tara Sherman

Tara Sherman

Benefits Coordinator

Tara started at Geminus as a part-time employee in the Human Resources Department taking over as Benefits Coordinator on a full-time basis in June 2017.

 

 

Dee Dee Shoemaker

Human Resources Specialist

Dee-Dee Shoemaker has worked in our organization’s Human Resources Department since 1981, beginning her career at the Tri-City Mental Health Center.  Over the years she has been responsible for a vast array of Human Resources Management activities involving HR data entry. Today, Dee Dee continues to provide stellar administrative support for the HR Department.

Dee-Dee’s philosophy for working in Human Resources is inspired by a favorite quote of hers by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

 

Sondra Sheely

Human Resources Assistant

Sondra is our newest Human Resources Assistant working part time since September 2017.

 
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