UTICA, N.Y. (Feb. 11, 2014) — Julie Darling has been named Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, Red Cross Central New York Region Chief Executive Officer Rosie Taravella announced today.
Darling, a New Hartford resident, will manage the Mohawk Valley Chapter, which covers Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Delaware counties and includes the chapter office in Utica and branch offices in Rome, Herkimer, Cooperstown and Sidney. Darling was selected from a talented and experienced group of candidates by a committee that included members of the Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley Board of Directors and Taravella.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the American Red Cross because I believe wholeheartedly in its mission and the impact it has had and will continue to have right here in the Mohawk Valley,” Darling said. “I’m looking forward to seeing a direct correlation between the needs of my community – my neighbors, friends and family – with what we do each and every day at the Red Cross.”
Darling joins the Red Cross after more than five years as the Associate Development Director/Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York Chapter in Utica. In that position, Darling developed and managed several fundraising events, including Walk to End Alzheimer’s/Memory Walk, Ladies Night Out/A Night To Remember, and Sito’s Angels Golf Classic. She was responsible for recruiting volunteers for the events, and also represented the Alzheimer’s Association at public events, conferences and workshops.
Prior to working at the Alzheimer’s Association, Darling served as Program Manager/Service Liaison for the Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, in Utica.
“Julie’s extensive community contacts, breadth of fundraising and event-planning experience, and her background with recruiting and managing volunteers make her an ideal fit for the Mohawk Valley area and the Central New York Region,” Taravella said. “We’re excited to have Julie on our team to lead what is now a fully-staffed office in the Mohawk Valley.”
The Central New York Region recently hired Michael Schwartz as Disaster Program Manager and Michelle Walters as Program Coordinator for the Mohawk Valley. Schwartz supervises all Red Cross disaster services for Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties, while Walters is responsible for recruiting, orienting and supervising volunteers from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Delaware counties.
Prior to working at Arc and the Alzheimer’s Association, Darling spent nine years with the Oneida County Department of Social Services in Utica as a senior caseworker for Child Protective and Foster Care Services. Darling currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Community Elder Wellness Council of the Mohawk Valley; serves as Vice President 1st Chair for the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women Inc.; and regularly attends various networking and Chamber of Commerce events.
“From the beginning of my career it has been important to me to help meet the needs of our community, whether that’s by keeping children and families safe, strengthening an individual’s belief in his or her own personal self-worth, or assisting individuals and families dealing with a difficult and scary disease diagnosis or life-altering event,” Darling said.
“One thing that has remained consistent for me is that the Mohawk Valley is a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” she added. “I’m proud to call the Mohawk Valley my home, and it is my pleasure to be a small part of the good that is being done here.”
A native of Sauquoit, Darling received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Institute of Technology. She currently lives in New Hartford and has two children, ages 23 and 20, who are both attending SUNY colleges (Brockport and Mohawk Valley Community College). In her spare time, Darling enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending sporting events, and visiting the Adirondacks.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/mohawkvalley or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanRedCrossMohawkValley.