Centric Financial Corporation, parent company of Harrisburg-based community bank Centric Bank, has a new Chief Human Resources Officer in Christine Pavlakovich, whose focus is to maintain the bank’s “people-first” culture amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Centric officials said they’re looking to Pavlakovich, who has served as a human resources executive since 2017, to ensure employee well-being for the firm’s 135-person workforce. That means ensuring “continuous flow” of health information for employees working at home and on-site at Centric Bank’s six financial centers.
“Christine has done excellent work creating a team that specializes in the specific human resources demands of banking, adding a training and development area, as well as overseeing the health and wellness of our team,” said Centric Bank President and CEO Patti Husic. “Whole-person wellbeing is a key component of Centric’s positive, people-first culture, which in turn has an outsized impact on our customer experience.”
A partner in Centric Bank’s COVID-19 crisis team, Pavlakovich said the human resources department has quickly adapted to the working conditions of the ongoing health crisis, responding to new federal regulations from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and CARES Act with “empathy and knowledge.”
“As we move into recovery, my team will continue to play an important role in preparing us to return to the office,” Pavlakovich said. “Ensuring compliance with new regulations as well as addressing emotional and practical issues to reunite our teams will be critical.”
Pavlakovich brings with her 26 years of experiences in human resources and 16 years in the financial services industry, including serving as vice president of human resources for Metro Bank in Harrisburg. Before joining Centric Bank, she worked as the director of human resources and employee development for AAA Central Penn.