By: By Wayne Allen
August 2, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
After six years as the Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, Mary Arnzen has announced her resignation from the position Friday afternoon, effective August 23.
Upon leaving her employment with the Red Cross, Arnzen will become Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Lead Donor Relations Coordinator.
“During her six-year tenure, Mary has transformed our local chapter of the Red Cross and dramatically improved our financial stability,” said Marty Redden, current board chair of the local Red Cross in a released statement. “She has overseen services to 1,872 disaster clients, trained 7,204 individuals in lifesaving skills, provided $328,235 in disaster assistance, collected 20,340 units of blood and provided 419 emergency messages to local service members in combat. And although she is now moving on to SOMC, she will remain close to our organization and our mission.”
Arnzen has indicated she will remain active with the local Red Cross as a volunteer.
“I’ve been with the Red Cross for six years and I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made over that period,” Arnzen said in a released statement. “I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to advance my career in development, which was my favorite part of my position at the Red Cross.”
Arnzen said her work with the SOMC Development Foundation will be similar to her work with the local Red Cross.
“Our local Red Cross is made up of an amazing group of volunteers, donors, staff members, board members and community partners,” Arnzen said in a released statement. “I’m really thankful for all of the support they showed me in the last six years, and I wish them nothing but success going forward.”
Recently the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, expanded their coverage area to now include Jackson County.
Arnzen said the addition of Jackson County became official on July 1. With the addition the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross now services Scioto, Pike and Jackson counties.
The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is set to host its 15th annual Hero’s Dinner at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center.
According to Arnzen, this year’s Hero’s Dinner will honor heroes in eight categories.
Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at the Red Cross office located at 1802 Robinson Ave. in Portsmouth and will not be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased before Aug. 8.
Arnzen said the board of directors for the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking to fill be position of Executive Director as soon as possible.
Interest applicants should send a resume to the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at 1801 Robinson Avenue, Portsmouth OH 45662, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-354-3293 for more information.
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