Stephanie W. Byrd is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central & Southern Ohio Region, responsible for a region of five chapters, covering 47 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
“Like many people, I am drawn to the Red Cross mission because it’s a beacon of light in very difficult times for people dealing with disasters,” said Byrd. “It brings hope to people who need life-saving blood, helps veterans, service members and their families with the challenges of military life, and provides training to assure that skilled people can respond when emergencies strike.”
Byrd continued, “I will always remember my first deployment to Hurricane Florence when I encountered a woman on the roadside in Goldsboro, NC. She was distraught over not having her medications or a place to stay. By simply providing her with information on the closest shelter and the services that would be available, I saw the worry in her eyes get replaced with relief. This is what our volunteers do each day. They are the best part of a person’s worst day.”
As a career non-profit executive, Byrd owes her interest in serving others to an upbringing that instilled in her the importance of making a positive difference in the lives of others.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University and earned a Master’s degree in Health and Hospital Administration from Xavier University. Her accomplishments have resulted in numerous awards and recognition, including YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and Cincinnatian of the Year. Most recently, Byrd was recognized as a 2022 “Black is Excellence”, Unsung Hometown Hero by the city of Cincinnati. The campaign seeks to acknowledge, celebrate and promote the contributions of Black and African Americans for the contributions they make to the community.