FREELAND, Md. – Feb. 13, 2018 – Penn-Mar Human Services, a recognized leader in providing innovative, quality supports and services to hundreds of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, welcomes Gina Brelesky in joining the nonprofit’s Human Resources team in the position of Learning and Development Manager.
In her role at Penn-Mar, Brelesky will provide leadership to the nonprofit’s Learning and Development function, focusing on assessing organization-wide staff development needs in order to drive training initiatives and identify and arrange for suitable learning and development solutions for leaders and employees. This position actively searches, creatively designs, and implements effective methods to educate, develop, and enhance the performance and engagement of Penn-Mar’s more than 500 employees.
Gina Brelesky comes to Penn-Mar from Klein’s Shoprite, a division of Wakefern Food Corporation, where, for the past two years, she held the position of Manager of Learning and Development. Her career in human resources includes four years as Leadership Learning Consultant with Concentra, Inc., in Texas; 20 years holding various roles with YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities, N.Y., the most recent as Coordinator of Education and Training; as well as a variety of positions at Greer Woodycrest Children’s Services including as a Direct Support Professional. She has also held adjunct faculty positions with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Dominican College in New York.
“We are very excited to have Gina join Penn-Mar and our HR team,” said Paul Schiavone, Penn-Mar’s Senior Director of Human Resources. “Her very strong background in learning and development, and three decades of experience in both corporate and non-profit organizations will help give our staff the edge to greater opportunities to transform life into living for the individuals we support in our communities.”
Brelesky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from State University of New York, a Master of Public Administration from City University of New York, and a Master of Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), as well as the Neuroleadership Institute. In addition, she has conducted numerous professional speaking engagements across the country, presenting on diverse topics in human resource leadership and health and human services.
Since relocating to Maryland from New York, Brelesky has lived in Fallston, Harford County, Md., with her husband John and two sons.
About Penn-Mar Human Services
Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org