Red Cross director leaves post, misses opening of Bel Air office

October 30, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Wayne Wigglesworth, who headed the American Red Cross' Northeastern District office for 11 years, has left the post to manage the new Mid-Tex chapter in Killeen, Texas.

Janice Williams, manager of community programs for the Central Maryland chapter headquarters in Baltimore, has been assigned interim director of the district, which consists of Harford and Carroll counties.

She is working in the newly renovated American Red Cross building in Bel Air, which is the district headquarters responsible for Red Cross operations in the two counties.

Ms. Williams said Friday that she will direct Red Cross operations in the two counties from the headquarters at 122 S. Main St. in Bel Air until a national search committee finds a permanent replacement for Mr. Wigglesworth.

Ironically, Mr. Wigglesworth missed the grand opening of the Bel Air office on Oct. 13 after coordinating the renovation project for more than a year.

"It happened so suddenly, having to drive to Texas to start by Oct. 17," Mr. Wigglesworth said Friday in a telephone interview from his new office in Killeen.

His Mid-Tex chapter is merging services in two counties with the Red Cross operation at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the world, he said.

"Our chapter will serve about 300,000 people, so it's a big challenge," he said.

Ms. Williams said she expects to work as interim district director for about six weeks.

The Northeastern District director oversees training for health and disaster services in Harford and Carroll counties. Ms. Williams will handle those duties and continue working on the Central chapter's community programs.

Ms. Williams said her focus in Harford will be to increase the number of residents registering for one-day training programs in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.

A CPR program for day care providers will be held Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bel Air High School. The program will teach how to perform CPR on infants and children, Ms. Williams said.

Anyone may register for Red Cross training programs by calling (800) 787-8002.

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