The American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa Region is excited to welcome Jill Orton as the new Region Executive. Jill is a Nebraska native with a long standing Red Cross career. She has served as Executive for the Loess Hills Chapter in Council Bluffs, IA from January 2010 until August 2013. Jill came to her first paid Red Cross position in 2000 as part of the Health & Safety staff for the Heartland (Omaha, NE) Chapter and became Director of Health & Safety in 2006, prior to that, Jill started as a volunteer in Hastings, NE.
“I’m excited to be now leading a great group of volunteers and staff in the best region of Red Cross,” said Jill Orton, Region Executive. “The Midwest is my home and Red Cross is one of my loves. I’m proud to serve them both.”
Jill is currently a participant in the Red Cross Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) program. In 2014, Jill accepted the Mount Marty College Alumni Service to Church and Community Award; was elected President for the Council Bluffs Noon Rotary Club, and President for Pottawattamie County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). She serves as the Lakin Legacy Family Campus Board President, and has sat on the local organizing committee for the USA Olympic Swimming Trials. Jill is an alumnus of the Institute of Career Advancement Needs (ICAN), Influence Defining Leadership for Women, Leadership Council Bluffs Class XXIII, and the Non-profit Association of the Midlands Executive Institute. She earned the Nebraska/SW Iowa Red Cross Region Employee of the Year award in 2012, and in 2004, she accepted the prestigious The Ector Thyfault Health & Safety Services Award. Jill is a graduate of Mount Mary College in Yankton, South Dakota, with a double major in Chemistry and Biology.
As Job Director this past year during the southeast Nebraska Tornado outbreak, Mother’s Day tornado outbreak, and Pilger Northeast Nebraska tornado storm, her leadership assisted the Red Cross to deliver food, clothing, shelter, comfort and care. In addition to answering the call for help in Nebraska, Jill has served on disasters including Superstorm Sandy, Thurman Tornado, and Missouri River Floods.
Jill and her husband, Doug, have two children, Zach (15), Jamie (12) and their rescued kitties, Ziggy and Smokey.