Heléne joined the Arizona – New Mexico Region as the Chief Development Officer in June 2021. In this role, she leads a team of fundraisers and volunteers to engage financial donors in the mission of the Red Cross. She has a passion for connecting the community with the many ways the Red Cross helps create more resilient communities and alleviates human suffering during times of need.
Heléne began her Red Cross journey in August 2014, where she served on the fund development team in the Indiana Region. Following that experience, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Rotational LEAD Program, which develops and grows leaders through strategic 12-month job rotations. As a part of this program, she held positions in Fund Development - National Fundraising Initiatives, Human Resources –Biomedical Services Collections Strategic Initiatives, and Volunteer Services – National Engagement Strategy. She is a member of the 2017 LEAD Class and spent two years participating in formal learning and intentional development of leadership skills with this cohort of Red Cross leaders. Most recently, she served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the North Texas Region.
Heléne holds a B.A. in Communication from Hastings College and an M.A. in Philanthropy from Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is from Omaha, Nebraska, and loves to spend time with her cat, Maisy.