Sarah Tippet Ruwe is the Executive Director for Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of American Red Cross South Florida Region. Ms. Ruwe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University as well as a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
She began her career at United Technologies Research Center as a Systems Analyst. After relocating to Maine she spent several years as a full-time mother and part-time office manager, as well as a professional volunteer with the local schools, local public broadcasting station and on the Board of Trustees of the local library. Ms. Ruwe relocated to Vero Beach in 2002. She began her career with the Red Cross at that time, and became the Chief Executive Officer of the North Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2003. In 2011 Ms. Ruwe became the Regional Director of Volunteers, a position she held until assuming her current role in April 2014. In addition to this role, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter for the last nine months. Ms. Ruwe is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of six.
The Coast to Heartland Chapter serves Highlands, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties, with a population of more than 565,000. As the Executive Director, Ms. Ruwe represents the organization throughout the counties, including strengthening relationships with partners, businesses, donors and volunteers.