Red Cross Announces Interim Executive Director

Nigel HolderbyThe American Red Cross held its FY14 Annual Celebration yesterday at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center. During the event, Red Cross Board Chair Dr. Roger Huckfeldt shared successes from FY14, and provided an inspirational vision of the coming year and work to be done.

Debi Meeds, current Regional CEO, took the opportunity to share a recap of her service over the past 10 years and to give her final update as the leader of the local Red Cross. Debi will step into her new role as the President/CEO of the United Way of the Ozarks next week. As her final order of business, Meeds announced Ms. Nigel Holderby as the interim Executive Director for southern Missouri. Holderby will begin her new duties Monday, Sept. 22.

Holderby began as a volunteer with the Chapter in 2007 and has been the Regional Chief Communications Officer for the past 3 years. A lifetime Missouri resident, Holderby graduated with her bachelor’s from Missouri State University and recently earned her master’s in communication from Drury University. She is a member of the National Red Cross Advanced Public Affairs Team, deploying to several national disaster including Hurricane Sandy.

Holderby started her career with AT&T, where she advanced from service representative to management during her seven years with the company. Prior to joining the Red Cross, she owned and operated a small business managing a team of virtual employees. In accepting the position as interim Executive Director, Holderby said, “I am honored and humbled to have been asked by Debi and our board to step into this role.” Holderby will continue to serve as the communication contact for the chapter as part of her assigned responsibilities.

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