Krista Jacobs, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President of Human Resources
Her formative years may have been spent in northeast Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, but Krista Jacobs knew she was not destined to be a country girl. Like many considering such a transition, Krista made her move in stages and today lives and works in New Jersey, which happily offers a balance of proximity to mountains, seashore, and city lights.
Krista’s first move was to East Stroudsburg (PA) University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in management and was inspired to focus her career in human resources (HR). She headed to North Carolina and gained first-hand knowledge of the many aspects of HR work with an internship at a Hilton Head resort. This experience provided a solid foundation for her career as there are many similarities between the hospitality industry and long-term care, especially the focus on excellent customer service. A desire to be closer to family and friends brought Krista north again when she accepted a position with Northwestern Human Services, a provider of healthcare staffing services. Later, she gained progressive levels of experience with other organizations in the suburban Philadelphia area including the Madlyn & Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Fresenius Medical Care North America, and Presby’s Inspired Life. Prior to joining LSMNJ, she was the human resources manager for Reliant Renal Care, a national provider of dialysis services. Krista holds a certificate as a Professional in Human Resources Management (PHR) and, since January 2015, is a Society for Human Resources Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
What drew Krista to Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ (LSMNJ)? The diversity of our programs and services and the opportunity a non-profit has to focus on vision, mission, and quality. Her goals at LSMNJ include ensuring consistency in HR practices across the organization and encouraging employee engagement. Outside of work, she is a devoted mother to her young son, who is “her world.” Any summer weekend you might find them “down the shore” and Krista trying out her new paddle boarding skills.