Hacker's duties will include increasing the number of Red Cross volunteers in Putnam County and building the necessary financial resources to support Red Cross services in the County.
"I am excited to have this opportunity to work with the Wabash Valley Red Cross Chapter and the Putnam County Red Cross Leadership Council in strengthening our resources, so that, we can build upon the Red Cross tradition and mission in Putnam County," Hacker said.
Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens said, "We are extremely pleased to have A. J. on our staff. She has the vision, energy and experience to move us forward in Putnam County, so that, more people can benefit from the Red Cross humanitarian mission as recipients of service, volunteers and financial donors."
Hacker has formerly performed executive duties at Child-Adult Resources in Greencastle, the Putnam County Community Foundation, United Way of Putnam County and the Western Indiana Private Industry Council.
During the 2008 Red Cross fiscal year, the local chapter responded to 15 disasters in Putnam County providing disaster relief to 73 people, passed 14 emergency messages on behalf of local military families, certified 835 individuals in First Aid & CPR, certified 691 youth and young adults in Water Safety and Life guarding, and certified 13 youth in Babysitting.
The Wabash Valley Chapter serves Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties in Indiana and Edgar County Illinois. The mission of the American Red Cross, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization, is to provide relief to victims of disaster, keep military families connected when separated by deployment and help people save lives through education. Each year the local chapter mobilizes relief to the victims of over 130 home fires and other disasters, sends more than 200 emergency messages on behalf of local military families to their loved ones stationed around the world serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and trains over 10,000 individuals how to respond to sudden illness, accidents or disasters. The services of the Wabash Valley Red Cross are made possible solely by the volunteer and financial support of the citizens, businesses, foundations and United Ways in the Wabash Valley.