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Red Cross South Central PA Chapter names new executive director

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Beverley Stambaugh has taken over as the new executive director for the American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Stambaugh replaces the former director, Matt Leininger, who recently retired after 11 years with the organization.

Stambaugh, who donated her 100th unit of blood last year, brings 19 years of experience with the Red Cross to the position. She was previously executive director of the Western Maryland Chapter of the Red Cross.

Stambaugh, a native of Canada, first began supporting the mission of the Red Cross at 11, when she earned a junior lifesaving badge.

Later, as a student at the University of San Francisco in 1989, she donated blood and volunteered for relief efforts after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of 67 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damages. 

A resident of Hanover today, Stambaugh said she's passionate about the services that the Red Cross provides to those in need. 

"I’m excited for this new chapter in my Red Cross journey and for the opportunity to support the mission with such a dedicated team of volunteers and board members in the South Central PA Chapter," Stambaugh said. "When I lay my head on my pillow each night, I know that the work that I'm a part of with the Red Cross makes a difference." 

It is not the only change at the Red Cross in the region.

The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region recently expanded its coverage area and renamed itself the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania.

The Central Region had covered 22 counties split into four chapters: Central, South Central, Mid-Central and North Central. The newly expanded region covers 50 counties and nine chapters. 

As director of the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Stambaugh’s coverage area includes York, Adams, Franklin and Fulton counties. The Central chapter covers Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. 

The expansion does not change the structure of each chapter but the region will be getting a new Twitter handle. By the end of July, @RedCross_CentPA will be deactivated and replaced by @RedCrossGPA.

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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