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Red Cross chapter names new executive director

Hope Roaten has been named the new executive director of the American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Hope Roaten has been named the executive director of the American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter, whose coverage area includes Cumberland County.

Roaten replaces outgoing executive director Stephanie Fost, who has moved on to another organization, said Dan Tobin, director of marketing and communications for the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region.

In her new role at the mid-central chapter, which is based in State College, Roaten will be responsible for building relationships, overseeing programs and raising funds for Centre, Cumberland,Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my Red Cross journey,” Roaten said in a statement. “It’s great to be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact in the lives of others.”

Roaten holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a certification in secondary education from Lebanon Valley College and a master’s degree in public administration and certification in nonprofit administration from Penn State.

A resident of Elizabethtown, Roaten has been with the Red Cross for three years and most recently served as the disaster program manager for Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. In that capacity, Roaten oversaw disaster response and preparedness programs.

Last year, Roaten spent six weeks in Puerto Rico offering assistance to people affected by Hurricane Maria. She has also provided help to neighboring regions of the Red Cross by providing training and support for new staff and volunteers.

 

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

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