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Ulrich named director of county Red Cross

 Diane Ulrich

Diane Ulrich assumed the position of executive director of the American Red Cross of Madison County on June 30.

A resident of Midway, Ulrich comes to the position with experience that will help the Red Cross continue to move forward in Madison County.

Having sold real estate in the county, primarily in the West Jefferson area, she is familiar with the county layout and its housing issues. Most recently, Ulrich was coordinator of the Mount Sterling Community Center, where she planned budgets, programming, and recruited and scheduled volunteers. Ulrich also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Ohio Christian University.

The combination of education and experience should aid Ulrich as she takes over the various Red Cross programs including fire/disaster response and preparedness, education programs including CPR and first aid, and coordination of blood drives.

“I am particularly proud to be representing the services and values of American Red Cross,” Ulrich said. “We have been one of the most rapidly growing non-profit agencies in Madison County, and I look forward to meeting the challenges of continuing that growth to the benefit of all of our residents.”

One of the first challenges facing the new director is filling two AmeriCorps positions provided through a grant. One will focus on emergency services, recruiting and training volunteers, and updating plans and agreements. The other position will head community education, focusing on CPR, first aid, and general preparedness classes and programs for the community.  

 Those who are accepted in the Ameri-Corps program agree to work 1,700 hours for the next year while earning an education award of $4,750 in addition to a biweekly stipend. Another immediate goal will be to increase the number of volunteers, particularly in disaster response.

Ulrich’s husband, Ken, farms for The Ohio State University at the Molly Caren facility in London. The couple has three daughters, two of whom graduated from Madison-Plains and one who is still in school.

To inquire about classes, volunteering, or applying for open AmeriCorps positions, call the local American Red Cross office at 740-845-9939.

Plain City native nabs v.p. job at university

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced the appointment of Delaware township resident and Plain City native Eric S. Algoe as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the university. Algoe, formerly chief operating officer and chief fiscal officer for the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind, will assume the position on Aug. 25.

Fraley heads up girls’ mentoring program

Carol Fraley

The Path Mentoring board hired Carol Fraley as the new director.

Fraley has been a Madison County resident for 13 years and attended London High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human services at Urbana Univer-sity. Upon graduating, she was employed by Visiting Angels as the Passport Program coordinator. She is pursuing a master’s degree in human services with a focus on social and community services.

The Path Mentoring program is in need of adult female mentors from Madison County and Plain City to mentor girls between the ages of 12 and 17 years old from Madison County.

Screening for the mentors will take place in July and early August. The program year begins at the end of August.

Call Fraley at 740-852-5822 ext. 2, or e-mail her at if you can volunteer for one to two hours per week or are interested in more information.

Quilter earns award

Michael C. Quilter, CLU, LTCP, CPA, with New York Life Insurance Co. in London, was awarded The Ohio Society of CPAs 2008 Public Service Award on June 12.

The award recognizes a member who makes outstanding contributions to the community by freely and generously contributing time and knowledge while enhancing the professional image of CPAs.

Quilter has a long history of serving his community through youth and civic organizations.

As a board member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, he spearheaded the London Community Pride Program, which encourages businesses to buy goods and services locally. He also served on the Enterprise Zone Review Board, helping the community attract new and expand existing manufacturing plants for job growth.

He was on the board of directors of the Madison County Senior Citizens Center and was instrumental in facilitating the construction of a new center.

Quilter serves on the board of the Madison County Hospital Foundation where he chairs the planned gifts committee. This group has raised more than $5 million to advance quality healthcare in the county.

Quilter is a long-time member of the London chapter of Rotary International. As the current president of the board, he has raised funds to support local youth programs, scholarships, humanitarian efforts and highway adoption programs.  

Other volunteer work includes serving on the board of trustees for the London City School Foundation, on the Business Advisory Council to the London school board, and on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.

Serving youth is one of Quilter’s greatest joys. For eight years, he was a volunteer basketball coach for middle school children.

“I hope I had a positive influence on their lives. They certainly influenced mine, and I have enjoyed serving my community in this way,” he said.

Quilter is a London resident.

Jacques tapped as services director at Community Action

Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison, & Union Counties welcomes Marian Jacques to the agency as services director.

Jacques comes to the agency from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, where she served as the Union County program manager for almost eight years.

In her new capacity as services director, Jacques oversees the day-to-day operations of the service programs offered in Delaware, Madison and Union counties. Community Action provides a variety of services to low-income residents including assistance with utilities, rent and mortgages as well as on-site weatherization, repairs and replacement of heating and cooling units.

Community Action receives funding for over 20 grants from local, private and government sources. Jacques may be contacted at the Marysville office, 937-642-4986.

Plain City woman walks 60 miles to fight breast cancer

Plain City resident Amy Renner is on the move again. For the second consecutive year, she will participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s three-day, 60-mile walk for breast cancer. Renner’s goal is to raise $2,200.

Renner will walk again in memory of her mother, Betty Coffman, and in honor of her sister, Ann Russell, who has been free of breast cancer for one year. She is dedicating this year’s walk to her brother, Steve Coffman, who is battling brain cancer.

Businesses or individuals who wish to make a pledge or donation can contact Renner at 614-332-6933.

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