Diocese names Atlanta HR exec as new director of human resources

Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills

An Atlanta human resources manager has been appointed director of human resources for the Diocese of Knoxville.

Jennifer Mills, who joined the diocese Jan. 20, will be responsible for providing overall human resource management and proactive, on-site guidance, assistance and training to parishes, schools, and agencies to promote compliance with applicable legal requirements, best practices, and Catholic social teaching.

She also will maintain and enhance the Diocese of Knoxville’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices.

Mrs. Mills joins the diocese from INVISTA in Atlanta, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, where she was a human resources business partner. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of human resources and has an effective leadership management style with strong interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills.

She received a bachelor’s degree in human resources development from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

Mrs. Mills, her husband, Brian, and their 11-month-old daughter, Harper Lynn, have relocated to Knoxville and are parishioners at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“We’ve been looking to get back to the Knoxville area since our daughter was born a year ago. She will be 1 year old this month,” Mrs. Mills said. “We wanted to be closer to family and finding this opportunity has given us the ability to relocate home and to strengthen our faith in the Catholic Church through this role.”

In her new role, Mrs. Mills will be working closely with diocesan employees from every area, including parishes, schools, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, priests, deacons and the Chancery.

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