Across the nation, American Red Cross chapters are being grouped into multi-county chapters to make the Red Cross more efficient with its finances, staff placement and local service delivery.
As part of this reorganization effort in the Central New York Region, the Tompkins County office in Ithaca is now grouped with the Southern Tier Chapter, and the Cortland County office in Cortland is now grouped with the Central New York Chapter, Regional Chief Executive Officer Rosie Taravella announced May 2.
The Ithaca and Cortland offices will remain open and staffed during regular business hours, and site managers will work at both offices.
Toni Sacco is the site manager of the Tompkins County office at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca. A new site manager for the Cortland County office at 50 Clinton Ave., Cortland, will be hired no later than July 1.
Sacco joined the Red Cross in April 2012 as program coordinator in Tompkins County. As program coordinator, she recruited and trained volunteers, managed programs, and performed various administrative duties in the Ithaca office.
“We’re thrilled to have Toni in Tompkins County, where she can continue to build on her outstanding work over the past year and the many relationships she has developed throughout the county,” Taravella said. “When we fill the Cortland County position, each of the offices will have a full-time manager devoted to service delivery, volunteer recruitment and fundraising.”
Sacco, an East Rochester native and the daughter of a volunteer firefighter, graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She spent one year in Haifa, Israel, as part of the university’s Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Before joining the Red Cross, Sacco worked as program coordinator for InterAct Cleveland, a non-profit coalition of more than 50 congregations, faith communities, campus groups and community organizations that join together for community service projects and interreligious dialogue. An avid runner, biker and swimmer, Sacco will participate in the Cayuga Lake Triathlon this summer.
“I have grown to love this community over the past year and I look forward to making it a better and safer place to live by improving Red Cross services throughout Tompkins County,” Sacco said.
Sacco and the new Cortland site manager will work with the top leadership in the Central New York Region, which covers 16 counties from St. Lawrence in the north to Delaware in the south. Shelley Bierwiler, the Community Chapter Executive of the Southern Tier Chapter in Endicott, has been with the Red Cross for more than 10 years and has been associated with the Red Cross in Tompkins County since 2010.
Taravella, who heads the Central New York Chapter in Syracuse, has been the driving force behind the structural changes in the past year that have improved Red Cross services throughout the entire Central New York Region.