06/15/12 In order to streamline operations across the Northern Indiana region, the St. Joseph County chapter of the American Red Cross will be eliminating the position of Executive Director at the end of the current fiscal year June 30.  This is part of a lager and ongoing effort to contain costs and increase efficiencies throughout the Red Cross in our local communities.

John Pinter, current Executive Director, will remain with the St. Joseph County chapter through the end of June.  With the beginning of the new fiscal year in July the responsibilities of that position will be assumed by Rebekah Deline, Director of Community Services, with support from the regional Headquarters in Indianapolis.  This transition is designed to ensure a continuity of services to the five counties (St. Joseph, Marshall, Fulton, Starke and Pulaski) that are currently served by the chapter.

“The Red Cross has always been a volunteer driven organization and that gives us the flexibility to adjust to staff changes without compromising the delivery of services that our clients have always relied on.” , remarked Ms Deline.  “The Red Cross will continue to help our community prepare for disasters and when a local family is in need of Red Cross services; our volunteers remain ready to respond.”