Penn State grad to lead Centre’s Red Cross office

BELLEFONTE — Hope Roaten, of Elizabethtown, has been named the new executive director of the American Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which covers Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry and Cumberland Counties.

A three-year veteran of the Red Cross, Roaten most-recently served as the Disaster Program Manager for Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties, where she managed the disaster response and preparedness programs.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my Red Cross journey,” noted Roaten. “It’s great to be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact in the lives of others.”

Roaten holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education Certification from Lebanon Valley College. She earned her Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Administration Certification from Penn State.

During her tenure with the Red Cross, she has increased community partnerships and strengthened Red Cross programs. She also spent six weeks last year in Puerto Rico, assisting people whose lives were severely impacted by Hurricane Maria, and has helped neighboring Red Cross Regions by providing training and support for new staff and volunteers whenever needed.

She stated, “We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of staff and volunteers throughout the Red Cross organization. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to advance the mission of the Red Cross throughout the Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter.”