DUBOIS – The American Red Cross has announced that Jason Bange is the new Executive Director for the organization’s Pennsylvania Heartland Chapter, which went into effect on June 1.
In his new role, Bange will serve as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Heartland Chapter in addition to serving as the Executive Director of the McKean-Potter Chapter. Under Bange’s management, these two chapters will work closely with other chapters throughout the 25-county Western Pennsylvania Region to share resources, improving local disaster response capacity while reducing overhead costs and making more efficient use of donated dollars.
Bange has been with the Red Cross for more than five years; for the past four years he has served as an Executive Director with the American Red Cross McKean-Potter Chapter. Previously, he was the chapter’s program coordinator. In his recently acquired position, Bange continues with his role as Executive Director of the McKean-Potter Chapter, but also replaces Robert Newell as the Executive Director with the Pennsylvania Heartland Chapter. Newell will remain with the organization as its new Preparedness and Resiliency Specialist, which is a regional role.
The move comes as a result of a recent internal transition to a new division within the Red Cross as well as a nationwide reorganization that seeks to improve efficiency in our service delivery and make the best use of donor dollars. These restructuring and efficient efforts taking place across the country will save an estimated $80 million across the Red Cross.
The Western Pennsylvania Region of the Red Cross was formed this past December with the merger of the Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northwestern Pennsylvania regions of the Red Cross. The Western Pennsylvania Region comprises 25 counties.
For more information on local Red Cross programs and services, call 814-368-6197 for McKean and Potter counties or 814-371-2750 for Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk and Cameron counties.