The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has appointed Courtney VanJelgerhuis chief operating officer. She has extensive experience leading operations support in disaster response and for resilience building organizations. VanJelgerhuis most recently served as human resources section chief for the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, a division of Eskenazi Health.

She also served as chief of staff of the MESH Coalition, a nonprofit, public-private partnership, enabling health care organizations to respond effectively to disaster events and remain viable through recovery. During her time there, VanJelgerhuis led all financial management, federal and state grant supervision functions. She also led all operational management and support functions, including management of fleet and execution of strategic real-estate initiatives (which included identifying and acquiring a new office location and training space). She also helped operational planning and execution of the National Healthcare Coalition Conference. Now in its fourth year, this national conference brings emergency response organizations together from across the nation to share best practices and bridge impact to communities.

VanJelgerhuis began her career as a legal secretary at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she worked as a member of the Healthcare and Insurance teams. During her tenure at what was then Baker & Daniels, she worked on high-profile projects, including the building of Lucas Oil Stadium and the 2011 Super Bowl bid package.

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