Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced that Joan Wilmer-Stewart has been named vice president of Human Resources for the $442 million full-service casino scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2014. Wilmer-Stewart has served as a senior human resources officer for multiple internationally recognized brands in Baltimore and beyond.

Most recently, Wilmer-Stewart was human resources director for the American Red Cross at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., where among other responsibilities she managed workforce strategies tied to corporate support functions and humanitarian lines of businesses. During her tenure at the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart played an integral role in addressing the workforce needs relating to the organization’s Haiti relief operations.

“We’re pleased to welcome Joan to our rapidly expanding management team,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Chad Barnhill. “Joan’s expertise will be invaluable as we look to fill some 1,700 jobs in the next several months and institute team member policies that will make Horseshoe Baltimore an exceptional place to work.”

Prior to the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart served as an executive level HR consultant for Toyota and as a senior human resources officer for Morgan Stanley, both in Baltimore.

“I’m looking forward to working with the entire team at Horseshoe Baltimore to make this transformational downtown project a reality,” Wilmer-Stewart said. “I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and our dedicated recruitment coordinator to identify qualified Baltimore residents to fill many of the jobs we will be creating in Charm City.”