American Refining Group Inc. announced this week Sarah Hayden’s promotion to vice president – human resources.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson said, “This much-deserved promotion recognizes Sarah’s service, development and leadership at ARG.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with many HR professionals in my career and Sarah is one of, if not the best HR professional I’ve worked with,” Giberson continued. “ARG and Bradford are fortunate to have a professional of Sarah’s caliber.”

Hayden marks 15 years with ARG this year, having been hired Nov. 14, 2005, as HR generalist. She earned promotion to HR manager Aug. 1, 2011, and began participating as a member of ARG’s Leadership Team that same year. She earned promotion to HR director June 9, 2014.

Prior to beginning her career with ARG, Hayden served 6 years as workforce development manager for North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission. She completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is a certified professional in human resources and has completed numerous trainings in supervision and leadership.

As vice president — HR, Hayden leads the development and delivery of HR strategies, policies, procedures and programs aligned with ARG’s strategic business objectives, vision, mission and core values. Relying on extensive experience and judgment, she marshals the refinery’s pursuit of a high-performance culture rooted in servant leadership. She must ensure ARG’s compliance with applicable labor laws and demonstrate expertise in a variety of the HR field’s concepts, practices and procedures. She has also led the development of ARG’s COVID-19 protocols.

Residing in Foster Township, Hayden and her husband Donnie have two children, Kayla and Mitchell, and recently welcomed a grandson Easton. Her community involvement includes serving as an active facilitator of the Healing Journey women’s ministry and a board member for Bright Alternatives as well as assisting the Bradford YWCA’s personnel committee. The Hayden family are active members of their local church.