Jennifer Balog has been named Community Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter, Red Cross Central New York Region Chief Executive Officer Rosie Taravella announced Monday.
Balog will manage the Mohawk Valley Chapter, which covers Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties and includes the chapter office in Utica and branch offices in Rome, Herkimer and Cooperstown. Balog was selected from a talented and experienced group of candidates by a committee that included Mohawk Valley Board members, volunteers, community leaders and Taravella.
“It is and honor and a privilege to be part of an organization that touches so many lives in the Mohawk Valley, whether through blood services, emergency response, health and safety training, or military and international support services,” Balog said. “It is my goal to partner with volunteers, community leaders and organizations in order to expand awareness and increase access throughout our community for the services provided by the American Red Cross.”
Balog, a Rome resident, has been working in fund development and public relations for nearly seven years. Most recently, she was Director of Resource Development at the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. From 2007-10, she was Director of Development and Public Relations at Rome Catholic School.
“Jennifer’s extensive community contacts, breadth of fundraising experience, understanding of social service programs, and success in growing year-over-year support make her an asset to the Mohawk Valley Chapter and the Central New York Region,” Taravella said. “Jennifer also has a personal connection to the Red Cross – she has a brother from Mississippi who survived Hurricane Katrina with the help of Red Cross volunteers.”
Prior to working at Rome Catholic School, Balog worked in health care for more than 15 years as a radiation therapist at Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine in Rome, Southern Wisconsin Radiotherapy Center in Madison, Wisc., and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
“Working in health care, I witnessed firsthand the impact of blood services supplied by the
American Red Cross for cancer patients undergoing various treatments,” Balog said. “After receiving the oxygen-rich blood from a transfusion it reinvigorated their bodies and spirits. While for many the blood transfusion is part of their treatment, it also becomes a critical component to their recovery.”
A native of the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, Balog received her Associates Degree in Radiation Therapy from Erie Community College in Buffalo and her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration and Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology. She’s currently attending Utica College in the Health Care Administration Graduate Program with an anticipated graduation in the fall of 2013.
Balog lives in Rome with her husband, John, and their three children ages 9, 11 and 14. In her spare time, Balog enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and boating in the Adirondacks.
Compiled From Telegram and Times Staff Reports
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