Celena Roldán Announces She Will Leave Erie House in March to Become CEO of American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois


December 21, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Celena Roldán

Celena Roldán will leave Erie House in March to become the CEO of American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois.

Erie Neighborhood House executive director Celena Roldán announced today she will be leaving the nonprofit organization in March to become the CEO of American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, concluding her 15-year tenure with the nonprofit organization that serves Chicago’s immigrant community.

“It has been an extreme privilege to be part of the life-changing work of Erie House for the past 15 years,” says Roldán. “My new role with American Red Cross feels like the right opportunity and timing, but the Erie House community will always have a place in my heart.”

The Erie House board of directors says it will begin an extensive search to hire a new executive director. In the meantime, the board appointed senior director of development Kirstin Chernawsky to serve as interim associate executive director in order to assist with the transition and provide additional leadership.

“Celena has a passion for helping others and she has provided outstanding leadership to Erie House in her various roles,” says Patty Perez, president of the Erie House board of directors. “She will be missed, but we are proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best in this next endeavor.”

Roldán plans to remain in her role at Erie House through the agency’s Future of Promise awards dinner and fundraiser on March 3, 2016. She will succeed American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois CEO Fran Edwardson, who announced earlier this year that she will retire in January.

“I could not feel more honored and excited to enter into this next opportunity with the American Red Cross in serving individuals and communities in their times of greatest need," says Roldán.

Roldán arrived at Erie House in 2001 as the social worker and disabilities coordinator in the Child Care program, later becoming director of Child Care in 2006. She was appointed to her current role in 2010, making her the eighth executive director since the organization’s incorporation in 1915.

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Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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