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American Red Cross Announces New Local Executive Director

MANKATO, MINN., December 5, 2014 -- The American Red Cross has named Jennifer Hyk as the new Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.

Based in Mankato, Hyk will lead the recently integrated American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota chapter, bringing together the chapters formerly serving the Worthington, Marshall and Mankato areas.

“We’re excited to have Jennifer in this expanded role,” said Phil Hansen, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Her skills, experience and community connections will help us continue to fulfill our mission and commitment to our neighbors in southwest Minnesota.”

Hyk has been with the Red Cross for two years, serving as Executive Director for the Southwest Minnesota Chapter based in Worthington and then additionally as the Executive Director for the Prairie Winds Chapter in Marshall.

“I’m honored to continue with the Red Cross and to serve as the new Executive Director serving Southwest Minnesota,” said Jennifer Hyk. “From Mankato to Marshall and Montevideo, Worthington to Willmar, Southwest Minnesota is full of strong communities. Together, with our incredible local volunteers and partners, I look forward to increasing our area’s resiliency in the face of emergencies and comforting our neighbors when disasters strikes. Just this week, the Red Cross responded in Renville, helping a family of four after a devastating home fire.”  

With more than 10 years of experience with human/social services and non-profits, Hyk has worked with multiple social service and non-profit organizations including the Salvation Army, OutFront MN, and People Incorporated. In addition, she has volunteered for the Borgan Project, NAMI MN and YPals of Worthington.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of St. Catherine and a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota.

Originally from St. Cloud, Hyk spent about 15 years in the Twin Cities before moving to southwest Minnesota.