The regional executive director of the Minn-Kota chapter of the American Red Cross plans to resign, according to a statement released by the charitable organization.
Sherri Thomsen worked for the American Red Cross for six years. She coordinated this spring's flooding in the Red River Valley, where she led over 900 volunteers and staff in the disaster response.
Thomsen decided to leave the organization to spend more time with her family, the statement said. A successor will be appointed in the fall.
"Changes and consolidation in our region have enabled us decrease overhead while still serving our community," Thomsen said in a statement. "I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead such fine staff members and volunteers through this growth. At the same time, I don't want to look back one day and wish I'd had more time with my two little boys."
During Thomsen's tenure, the Minn-Kota chapter grew from one office serving twelve counties to seven offices serving all of North Dakota plus ten counties in Minnesota.
"Sherri's loss will be greatly felt across the region. In her tenure here, she placed the chapter on a fast track to excellence," said David Miller, chairman of the board. "It will be extremely difficult to replace her commitment and talent, we were fortunate to have her as our Executive Director for the last six years, and we wish her well."