Elizabeth Township resident Rick Elster was named interim executive director of the American Red Cross West-Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which includes Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Mercer counties.
“I am extremely excited about this position,” Elster said. “During my six years with the Red Cross, I have witnessed first-hand how our organization can truly help those in need. I am honored that, in my new role, I will help to ensure that the Red Cross continues to be a vital resource to the residents of Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.”
A Vietnam War veteran who was the national sales manager for Veryfine Juices Inc. before retirment, Elster replaces Scott Snyder, who has accepted a position outside of the organization. Snyder will remain with the Red Cross through the end of the month and help Elster's transition. The Red Cross is forming a search committee to find a permanent executive director.
There will be no interruption of Red Cross services during the transition.