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American Red Cross Northeast PA Region Bids Farewell to Poconos, Wayne/Pike Chapters Executive Director

NEPA Region, Oct. 18, 2013 — The American Red Cross Northeast PA Region announces the retirement of Jim Rienhardt, Executive Director of the Poconos & Wayne/Pike Chapters, a position he has held since August 2010. Rienhardt is set to retire on December 31, 2013.

When Rienhardt signed on as Executive Director, he developed a road map to enhance delivery of disaster services, broaden educational outreach and increase revenue. Three and a half years later, Rienhardt is proud of what he and his dedicated team have accomplished. Disaster teams continue to deliver exceptional Red Cross services to the individuals and families of both the Poconos and Wayne Pike communities. Through partnerships with local agencies, Emergency Preparedness educational trainings geared towards youth and seniors, were developed and implemented. New Board members were recruited, which helped to expand our reach throughout the Poconos and Wayne Pike communities. This achievement has resulted in an increase in event sponsorships and donors, as well as enhanced awareness of the Red Cross Mission.

Peter M. Brown, Executive CEO said, “We greatly appreciate the significant contributions that Jim has made. His leadership, experience and dedication for fulfilling the mission of the Red Cross have been an invaluable asset and we thank him for a job well done.”

Rienhardt previously served as CEO of Pocono Environmental Education Center in Pike County for 8 years. He also worked for the National Park Service for 28 years in multiple senior management positions.

Rienhardt said, “I have been fortunate to have a team of staff, Board members, community leaders, elected official and volunteers – all who believe in and assist in the delivery of our Red Cross Mission.” He continued, “What makes our Counties so special is neighbors helping neighbors for the good of helping those in need; volunteers of all ages who work tirelessly; and private/public sector working as partners to enrich the quality of living for all those living in our 3 counties.”

Rienhardt said he and Carol plan to travel to Florida, visit more National Parks throughout the country and spend more time with both of their sons’ families. He also will be doing private part-time Government/Community Relations & Marketing consulting.

Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information:

Peter M. Brown

Regional CEO

Greater Lehigh Valley

Office: (610) 865-4400, ext. 236

Cell: (610) 533-0500

Sherry Nealon- Williams

Interim Executive Director


Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties

Office: (570) 207-0111

Cell: (570) 417-5608

Rita Inklovich

Executive Director

Danville Area, Bloomsburg, Greater Berwick

Office: (570) 784-1395

Sherry Nealon- Williams

Executive Director

Lackawanna, Wyoming Valley, Hazleton

Jim Rienhardt

Executive Director

Poconos, Wayne Pike

Office: (570) 476-3800

Cell: (570) 234-9444

Janet Curtis

Executive Director

Berks, Schuylkill

Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121

Cell: (570) 789-3659

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.