Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region Executives

Cincinnati Red Cross, Regional CEO, Trish Smitson

Trish Smitson

Patricia (Trish) Smitson is CEO of the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton Region. She is responsible for leading the staff, volunteers and operations of the Red Cross in the Region’s 27 county area. Prior to joining the Red Cross in May 2012, Trish was an attorney at Thompson Hine LLP where she served as the Partner in Charge of the Cincinnati office for over 9 years and was the first woman elected to the firm’s Executive Committee. Trish has served on boards of several area nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the YWCA, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Awards include the YWCA Career Women of Achievement, Thompson Hine’s Diversity Champion Award, University of Cincinnati College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award and Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Cultures and Connections Diversity Award. Trish is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Class XVII. She received a B.A. degree and J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Red Cross, Elvia Price

Elvia Price

Elvia R. Price is the Regional Chief Program Officer for the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. Elvia joined the Cincinnati Red Cross in June 1999, and currently works to position the Region as “Highly Performing” financially and programmatically. Key responsibilities include HR, Volunteer Resources and Youth Development, Services to Armed Forces, International Services, and Community Partnership development activities in the 36 county service area. Elvia also provides oversight and direction for our Butler, Clinton/Highland, and Warren County Offices, working with the staff in these offices to ensure consistency of service, and working with the respective United Ways to encourage strong partnerships.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Elvia served as Vice President, Key Initiatives and Community Relations at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

Elvia is a member of Leadership Cincinnati, Class 32, and sits on both the Leadership Cincinnati Steering Committee and Alumni Board. Among her civic and community activities, Elvia chairs the United Way’s Hamilton County Program Review Committee.


Vanessa Mosley

Vanessa Mosley is the Chief Development Officer for the 27-county Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, overseeing an eight-person staff that is responsible for bring in more than $10 million in corporate and individual gifts each year. She joined the Red Cross in September 2015 after honing her skills with development positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children, The Salvation Army, the International Research Foundation and the foundations of both Mercy and Deaconess hospitals in Cincinnati. She is also an active volunteer, serving on the boards of the Emery Community Foundation and the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She earned her MBA from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.


John Bernard

John Bernard is the Regional Disaster Officer for the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, leading the team of staff members and volunteers that responds to more than 900 disaster incidents each year in the region’s 27 counties. He moved to Cincinnati in 2014 after serving in the same position for the Red Cross’s statewide West Virginia Region. Before joining the Red Cross, John was an executive assistant and emergency management coordinator with the Transportation Safety Administration in Memphis. That was his first civilian job after retiring from the United States Navy, where he served for 20 years as both a public affairs officer and a helicopter pilot in the H-60F/H.

Cincinnati Dayton Red Cross Leadership - Marita Salkowski

Marita Salkowski

Marita Salkowski is the Communications and Marketing Director for the 27-county Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, where she oversees all aspects of communications—disaster communications, media relations, social media, public relations, internal and external communications. Marita joined the Red Cross in November 2017 after a 30-plus year career in broadcast news. She most recently was the Communications and Marketing Director for Thomas More College; prior to that she was the Assistant News Director at WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. Marita has also worked at radio and TV stations in Dayton, OH and Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton.


Steve Moeggenberg

Steve Moeggenberg is one of the longest-serving employees at the Red Cross in this region, beginning in 1978 after earning a degree in community health administration from the University of Cincinnati. At the time, the Red Cross was starting to train the lay public in CPR, and his job was to expand the program. In the nearly four decades since, he’s also served as director of the Workplace Health Services Department where he conducted corporate health, safety and wellness programs, and produced Red Cross First Aid Kits that were sold to other chapters. He’s now the regional Director of Administration, overseeing the expense budget, facilities and the automotive fleet.


Tammy Simendinger

Tammy started working at the Red Cross in 1997, serving as a Labor Liaison, then Community Partnership Manager and now Regional Volunteer Officer. In that time she’s served on 12 national disaster assignments, including six weeks in New York City and New Jersey after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, assisting workers at Ground Zero and working with union members who lost loved ones. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She is a member of WE Lead, Class 8 and serves on numerous committees representing the Red Cross.