Notable Women in Human Resources: Kathy Bernaden

Chief human resources and compliance officer, Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

  • Category: Notable Women in Human Resources
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 25
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources, University Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Throughout her career, for Kathy Bernaden, chief human resources and compliance officer
at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities in Dousman, her one constant has been her willingness to serve as not only the voice but also as a mentor of all employees.

For more than 25 years, Bernaden has maintained both a direct and strategic approach of working within all levels of an organization. She is as comfortable pitching in with the daily duties when the department is short-staffed as she is in long-term strategic discussions.

The constant throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been change, and Bernaden has had to lead numerous efforts and complicated messaging that directly impact Three Pillars’ employees.

Bernaden has managed the COVID information for federal benefits, organizational testing frequency and protocols for employees, developed contingency staffing plans and securing the procurement and rollout of a trailer (and managed new staff) to centralize employee screening for COVID-19 symptoms.

“She has been a constant positive light for everyone, and her sense of humor, commitment to our team, and the way she continues to help our organization remains an inspiration to all of us,” said Josh Van Den Berg, chief marketing and communications officer for Three Pillars.

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