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Buckley Hired As Blue Mountain Executive Director

The American Red Cross is proud to announce the appointment of Melissa Buckley as the new Executive Director of the Blue Mountain Chapter in Walla Walla, WA.

Melissa comes to the Red Cross from Buckley Investment Group, LLC, where she is the Director of Client Services and Investment Advisor Representative. Melissa has also served as the Retail Branch Manager for Banner Bank and is a licensed real estate agent. Additionally, Melissa has served on the Blue Mountain Chapter’s Board of Directors for several years.

“We are extremely excited to have Melissa join our team,” said Regional CEO Terry Pollard. “In addition to her extensive business background, Melissa possesses an insightful understanding of the organization from a board member’s perspective. She undoubtedly will be a great asset to our team and to the community as a whole.”

In her role as the Executive Director, Melissa will oversee Red Cross service delivery in Walla Walla and Columbia counties including 24/7 disaster assistance and outreach to veterans and active duty members of the armed forces; spearhead local fundraising efforts; and continue to develop meaningful partnerships within the community. Her first day with the Red Cross will be January 7, 2013.

Melissa replaces Jerry Cummins who has provided exceptional leadership at the chapter for the past year. Jerry plans to continue his affiliation with the Red Cross as a local volunteer, but is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and family.

“It has been my pleasure to have been involved with the volunteers, community members and certainly those who have received services,” noted Cummins. “I know Melissa will take the chapter to new levels of service to our region and I want to encourage everyone to continue to support our local Red Cross.”

Melissa can be reached at starting January 7th.