Ken Geary of Johnstown has been appointed as the new executive director of the American Red Cross serving Cambria, Somerset, Jefferson, Clearfield, Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. Mr. Geary, a long-time employee of the Red Cross in Johnstown, had been serving as interim executive director since October. He is responsible for overseeing service delivery, external relations, fundraising, and Board development.
“Ken has been an outstanding employee of the Red Cross and we are confident that he will excel in leading the local Red Cross as executive director,” said Joe Ponchione, chairman of the Red Cross Board of Directors. “He has valuable past experience with the organization, which will be a tremendous advantage as we move forward to accomplish our mission.”
“Ken is an excellent choice for this position,” said Patricia M. Waldinger, chief executive officer of the 28-county Western Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross. “He has done a fine job in his past positions with the Red Cross as well as interim executive director and will continue to lead the Red Cross through this important transitional period.”
“I am elated and honored to be selected as the executive director for the newly-formed chapter,” Mr. Geary said. “The Keystone Chapter of the American Red Cross has been like a second family to me for the past 14 years. I am eager to begin to promote the 2017 Vision of the Red Cross in my position as director, while being true to the original ideas of Clara Barton’s mission of serving others in times of disaster.”
The American Red Cross recently underwent a restructuring in Western Pennsylvania and the Keystone Chapter, which formerly comprised Cambria and Somerset counties, has been expanded with the addition of Jefferson, Clearfield, Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties.
Mr. Geary has served in various positions with the Red Cross in Johnstown since 2000, including four years as program specialist, eight years as director of Health Services and Fund Development, and two years as director of Health Services. Prior to that, Mr. Geary was employed by EverClear Valley, Inc. and the Florence Mining Company. He received a degree in accounting and business management from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., and Westmoreland Community College in Latrobe, Pa.
Mr. Geary’s appointment is effective immediately.