Mark Kempic was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The chapter serves nearly 1.5 million people in Allegheny, Greene and Washington counties. Mr. Kempic was appointed to the Board in 2014.
Mr. Kempic is president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc., and Columbia Gas of Maryland, Inc., both subsidiaries of NiSource, Inc., a Fortune 500 energy holding company based in Merriville, Ind. He is responsible for designing and executing legislative, regulatory, and external strategies with a focus on delivering safe, reliable, and efficient natural gas customer service to more than 446,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland through its employees. He is a native of Uniontown, Pa., and currently resides in Pittsburgh.
“I look forward to serving the Red Cross in this role,” Mr. Kempic said. “The Red Cross mission and services are vital to our region and I am happy to have the opportunity to join with our dedicated staff and volunteers to ensure the work of the Red Cross continues.”
Outgoing Chairman Jim Garraux said, “We are very pleased that Mark has agreed to accept the chairmanship of the Board. His business acumen and experience will be a great asset to the Board as it leads the chapter in accomplishing the mission of the American Red Cross in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
“We thank Jim Garraux for his outstanding leadership as Board Chairman,” said Patricia M. Waldinger, regional chief executive officer of the Western Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross. “Following Hurricane Ivan, Jim was instrumental in leading the development of a stronger disaster preparedness and response program, in particular our emergency shelter strategy, and enabled us to increase our disaster response capacity with emergency shelters, vehicles, and supplies. U.S. Steel’s generous support was important to our success in this regard.”
In welcoming Mark to this role, we are honored to have such a qualified and talented executive as Mark in this leadership position,” Mrs. Waldinger said.