We posed 10 questions to Steve Moeggenberg, the regional Director of Administration who oversees the expense budget, the facilities and the automotive fleet. He’s the longest-tenured employee in the region, working on his 37th year with the Red Cross.
Q: A little background: How long have you been with the Red Cross; what is your job now and what other jobs have you had over the years?
A: I graduated from University of Cincinnati with a degree in Community Health Administration, and I started with the Red Cross in 1978. I was hired to primarily expand the CPR program—the Red Cross was just starting to train the lay public. I then became the Director of the Workplace Health Services Department. We conducted corporate health, safety and wellness program for businesses. We also produced Red Cross First Aid Kits and sold these to other chapters. I am currently the Director of Administration, working on the expense budget, facilities and automotive fleet.
Q: I’m sure a lot has changed over the years. What have been the two or three biggest changes you’ve seen?
A: A couple of things come to mind. One, when we moved from Seventh and Sycamore downtown to the new building. This is a great new building with great working conditions. Oh, and it has free parking. And the other big change is that recently the organization has become more “corporate,” which is not all bad. In the past, most chapters were more independent. Now we all operate under the National umbrella.
Q: What drew you to want to work for the Red Cross in the first place?
A: It seemed like a place you had a chance to give back.
Q: A little about you personally: Gold Star or Skyline?
A: Skyline. I like their chili better, but I could go either way with the cheese coneys.
Q: Car or motorcycle?
A: Both. I have a couple of motorcycles, a 1973 Yamaha 650 and a 2005 Kawasaki Concours. I ride them every week during the summer, either out in the country or down to Lake Cumberland to visit family.
Q: Mountain cabin or house on the beach?
A: Mountain cabin.
Q: Where was your last vacation?
A: Homer, Alaska. It’s in the southwest corner of the state. A group of us went halibut and salmon fishing. We caught 280 pounds of fish.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I have some hobbies: fishing, golf, bike and, as I mentioned, motorcycle riding.
Q: What’s the most exhilarating thing you’ve ever done?
A: One would be whitewater rafting the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia. It was in the fall when they release water from the dam. It creates Class V rapids. I got tossed out of the boat a couple of times. It was fun, but I’m not sure I’ll be doing that again.
Q: What’s your most memorable Red Cross moment?
A: Responding to the 9/11 Flight 93 plane crash in Shanksville, Pa. There weren’t any planes flying, so we had to drive. We got there two days after the crash. It was a crime scene, so they had the perimeter all sectioned off. I was there for mass care, taking care of the rescue workers. I was there for 11 days.