For the past four years I have been blessed to serve as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region, where I have had the privilege to work alongside a talented and dedicated group of staff and volunteers who remind me each and every day what it means to serve others.
Together, we have assisted people following fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, landslides, train derailments, and – most troubling – a mass shooting. We have helped the men and women of our nation’s military, collected lifesaving blood, and taught preparedness skills to build community resiliency.
We have laughed… and we have cried… together.
We know firsthand how good it feels to be able to provide comfort and hope to those who have experienced unbelievable loss, and we are continually grateful for and humbled by our community partners who make it all possible.
I am thankful to all those who have opened their lives to me, permitting me to learn about and share their stories in order to advance our mission. It’s the part of the job I love the most… and the part I will miss the most.
Last week I accepted the Director of Communications position with the American Cancer Society. I will still be based in Pittsburgh and will still be traveling throughout a good portion of the state in my efforts to increase our exposure and share the good work being done in the fight against cancer.
All of us – either directly or indirectly – have been touched by cancer. My hope is to share the good work of the American Cancer Society and to raise awareness of what is being done – and what can be done – to eliminate the risk of, and hopefully (eventually) eliminate, the disease. At the same time, I want to ensure that people understand the services offered by the American Cancer Society and how they can help families in their time of need.
Leaving the Red Cross is definitely bitter-sweet. I will totally miss my colleagues and the work we do in the community. At the same time, I am looking forward to this next chapter in my career and being able to tell a new story that will hopefully improve the lives of our friends and neighbors.