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September 27, 2011

Cycle complete: New Red Cross director finds you can go home again

NEW CASTLE — (Second of two parts)

Scott Snyder pretty much has seen it all in his 14 years with the American Red Cross.

But while he cherishes his travels that have taken him across the country, he’s glad to be home.

Snyder, the new executive director of the West Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which includes Red Cross branches in Lawrence, Butler, Beaver and Mercer counties, certainly has had no shortage of adventure and experiences in his 40 years.

And now, back in western Pennsylvania for the first time in more than a decade, his life has come full circle.

“I’ve trusted my instincts about the path my life has been supposed to take,” he said. “So far, it has turned out pretty well.”

He has served the Red Cross in small cities and big ones over the years, but he revels in walking into an office such as the one at 222 N. Mercer St. in downtown New Castle and seeing the sense of history that envelops those who come inside.

“Isn’t this just how you’d expect a Red Cross office to look,” he said with conviction to visitors as he gestured around the historic building filled from basement to the rafters with artifacts, some dating back close to 100 years.

If anyone is not sold on the good works and mission of the Red Cross before meeting Scott Snyder, his enthusiasm and love for his job will leave no doubt.

And while Scott Snyder loves the Red Cross, the Red Cross certainly loves Scott Snyder as well.

He has been selected to serve as national media liaison during several national disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern United States in 2005 and, most recently, Hurricane Irene, which rocked the east coast in late August — just two of 70,000 emergencies the Red Cross responds to each year.

Although he severed his ties with the Red Cross for a time six years ago when his job was eliminated, he felt himself drawn back in.

“I left once, but I found destiny leading me back,” he said.

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