Sandusky and Wood Counties welcome new Director

Deb Hellman
The Red Cross has always been a part of my life - from military service, to a family member’s house fire, to my mom’s blood donation - they have always been there. I am excited to have the opportunity to work for such a valuable community resource.

The American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region welcomes Debra L. Hellman as the new Director of the American Red Cross of Sandusky and Wood Counties.

Hellman is a graduate of Terra State Community College. Her background includes owning and operating WAMH Design, LLC, a Fremont-based web and print design business. She won the 2012 Sandusky County Chamber Clark Ambassador Award and the 2009 Sandusky County Chamber Small Business of the Year Award. She has a history of involvement with the local community including serving as the 2013 Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce Chair, the 2012 Downtown Business Association Promotions Committee Chair, and a board member with Leadership Sandusky County. Hellman also served as an E/4 Specialist with the United States Army from 1991-1994 in Kitzingen, Germany. She lives in Fremont, Ohio with her husband and two children.

”The Red Cross has always been a part of my life - from military service, to a family member’s house fire, to my mom’s blood donation - they have always been there. I am excited to have the opportunity to work for such a valuable community resource,” said Hellman. She will maintain offices and response vehicles in both counties to respond to local emergencies and ensure community presence. She will also support mission-related service delivery and financial development throughout the two-county area.

Hellman is the first director in a newly created position. The Red Cross joined together the Sandusky and Wood County offices earlier this year following prior staff transitions. The Sandusky County position has been vacant since the retirement of previous director John Bailey in April. The Wood County position has been occupied by Christine Diefenthaler. Diefenthaler recently accepted a new position with the region – Major Gifts Officer – to increase local Red Cross fundraising efforts.

“We’re really excited to have Deb join our Red Cross family,” said Diefenthaler. “Her enthusiasm and passion for our community will continue to make it a better place!”

Several parts of the Northwest Ohio region, including Seneca and Wyandot counties, benefit from the intentional sharing of resources. The restructuring – common in Red Cross regions throughout the country – combines valuable assets while providing vital Red Cross programs and services. Volunteers will continue to be essential to the Red Cross for delivering programs and services.

Hellman has been serving in the position since Monday, September 16, 2013.