The CEO of the American Red Northeast Ohio, Mary-Alice Frank will leave her position to seek our new opportunities on January 2, 2015 after 36 years with the humanitarian organization. She announced her plans at the Cleveland Chapter Executive Board Meeting on November 25, 2014. Current Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Rerko, will serve as interim CEO as a search committee begins the recruiting process.
A Michigan native, Mary-Alice moved to Ohio with her husband after college. Once she completed her MBA she sought a position that provided networking opportunities throughout the Cleveland community. She joined the Red Cross in 1979 as the Director of PR and Government Relations and became the COO in 1984. Mary-Alice served as CEO of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Red Cross from 1999 until the national Red Cross merged their chapters into regions in 2011. Following the integration to a regional design, Mary-Alice was chosen to be the CEO of the Northeast Ohio Region of the Red Cross.
“I have had the privilege to spend my career with an organization that I am passionate about and I honestly believe that this is the best job in the world,” said Frank. “The Red Cross is an army of volunteers. There have been so many mornings, as I coming into work, where I see our volunteers heading home after they’ve responded to a house fire in the middle of the night. What could be more inspiring?”
“Mary-Alice is the embodiment of the Red Cross,” said David Doll, Board Chair, Greater Cleveland Chapter. “Her legacy includes remarkable initiatives such as Operation Save-a-Life which has dramatically decreased home fire deaths in Greater Cleveland. Under her leadership, Greater Cleveland has established the largest Nurse Assistant Training program in Ohio. While the Red Cross has experienced many changes over her tenure, the Northeast Ohio has remained a top performing region due to her direction. Her influence and expertise is sought out in the national arena where she is well respected by her peers. We thank Mary-Alice for her 36 years of service in support of our mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies.”
“To the board member, both past and present, and countless community advisors with whom I have worked over the past 36 years: I thank you for your support and counsel through the many changes the Red Cross has undergone,” said Frank. “I have had the pleasure of working with many smart, generous people who want nothing more than to foster the Red Cross mission and make Northeast Ohio a strong, vibrant community.”