The American Red Cross of San Joaquin County has a new executive director.
Georgia Nix joined the organization Sept. 19. As the executive director, Nix is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization.
The chapter, which runs on $600,000 a year, offers dozens of services such as helping people who have lost their homes to a fire, and teaching first aid, water safety and cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques. The chapter, founded in 1898, has about 500 volunteers.
"We do a tremendous amount with that money," Nix said Friday.
Jeff Mason, chairman of the San Joaquin Chapter's board, said Nix was selected primarily because of her management skills.
Nix said she wants to attract and retain volunteers to the organization and work closely with San Joaquin residents to be prepared for any kind of emergency.
"My personal goal," Nix said, "is to become a partner in preparedness."
Nix, 45, a graduate with a biology degree from the University of Mississippi, worked for 11 years for Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, a nonprofit organization she founded to help victims of abuse.
The organization is based in Oxford, Miss.
She has lived for the past 14 months in Stockton, where her husband, Gary, is a dean at the University of the Pacific. They have three children.
Nix succeeds Donna Duvin, who now works for the Carmel chapter of the American Red Cross.
For information, call 466-6971 or www.sanjoaquincounty.redcross.org.