Last year, the local American Red Cross serving Allegheny, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties responded to nearly 350 disasters and provided assistance with immediate, disaster-caused needs to more than 400 local families. The ability to deliver resources to disaster victims, to assist them on their path to recovery, is only possible through the dedication and commitment of the organization’s staff and volunteer network.
The local Red Cross has appointed Lisa Herter of Pittsburgh’s East End as a Disaster Response Specialist, overseeing disaster incidents in the chapter with a specific emphasis on Allegheny County. Herter will ensure service delivery from the Red Cross office located in downtown Pittsburgh.
In her new role, Herter will be responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery programs in the chapter’s coverage area. In addition, Herter will lead and manage an extensive volunteer team, ensuring the development of leadership roles within the service delivery function. As a specialist, Herter’s main tasks will include disaster response, volunteer management, program delivery and community mobilization.
Although Herter is new to the role, she is not a new face among the local Red Cross team. Herter served as a disaster response team volunteer for more than one year for the chapter. During this time, she gravitated to the work, finding satisfaction through the ability to give back to her community.
“We are pleased to welcome Lisa to our strong, vital workforce in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter,” said Victor Roosen, Disaster and Program Officer for the local Red Cross. “Her skills and background as a licensed social worker will prove to be invaluable assets to our organization and the local community.”
Prior to her new position, Herter gained extensive nonprofit and social service experience as a Recruitment and Certification Specialist with Pressley Ridge and as a Child and Family Support Specialist with Every Child, Inc. These positions allowed Herter to further improve the lives of disadvantaged youth through recruiting foster parents, training volunteers, advocating for children and building relationships with partner agencies.
In addition to her social services background, Herter diversifies her experience with roles in grant writing, fundraising and client casework.
Herter received a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly from Millford, Conn., Herter now resides in Pittsburgh with her daughter and five pets, one dog and four cats.