Chapter Executive to Retire

06/26/14 - Chesapeake - Chapter Executive to Retire
We will miss her leadership and passion but wish her an enjoyable and relaxing retirement.

Julie M. Barr-Strasburg began her tenure with the American Red Cross in 1980 as the Director of Emergency Services for Washington County Chapter in Hagerstown, MD. She took over as the Executive Director of the Chapter in 1983 and after 31 years of leadership she will retire from the position effective June 30, 2014.

Barr-Strasburg’s introduction to the American Red Cross happened in the 1970’s in a swimming pool in Beaver Creek, MD when she learned how to swim and became a Junior Lifeguard. She then went on to graduate from Messiah College and Temple University with a degree in Social Work, after which she joined the ranks of the Red Cross as a staff member. As the Director of Emergency Services she provided direct services to clients in disaster emergencies, provided services to the armed forces, their families, and veterans, and community casework. She also completed training for CPR/First Aid, as babysitting instructor and as an instructor trainer.

After being named the Executive Director of the Washington County Chapter she contributed to the success of the chapter by expending the blood services program, disaster relief and preparedness programs, service to the armed forces programs at Ft. Ritchie, veteran services, international services, health and safety training and youth programs in the community.

During her tenure she led a local Board of Directors, paid staff and volunteers, and created and implemented a clear strategic plan that resulted in an increased revenue stream and the expansion of available services in Washington County. She also oversaw the building of a new chapter headquarters in 2004 and was integral in the reorganization and regionalization of the chapters in Maryland. Most recently, Barr-Strasburg took on the responsibly of managing two Red Cross Chapters in three counties in western Maryland.

“Julie has been such an integral part of the American Red Cross, Washington County and the Western Potomac communities for so many years,” said Scott Salemme, Regional CEO for the Chesapeake Region. “We will miss her leadership and passion but wish her an enjoyable and relaxing retirement.”

Nicholas Geier will assume the role of Chapter Executive for both the Washington County Chapter and the Western Potomac Chapter. He is currently the Chapter Executive for the Frederick County Chapter and will continue serving that community as well. Geier has been with the American Red Cross for 16 years and has served as the Frederick County Chapter Executive for two years.

About the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region (

On average the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides help to Maryland families two to three times each day after disasters including emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.