CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A senior aide to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to step down and take a new job with the American Red Cross in West Virginia.
Erica Mani, who served as Tomblin's deputy chief of staff the past two years, takes over as CEO of the Red Cross' West Virginia regional office on Nov. 29.
She replaces John Golden, who left the Red Cross on Sept. 1. Mani's departure comes a week after Tomblin won a second term as West Virginia's governor. Mani made $105,900 a year as Tomblin's deputy chief.
"The Red Cross is always there for our communities in times of need and has such dedicated volunteers, donors and staff," Mani said in prepared statement. "I am thrilled to be joining the Red Cross family and look forward to serving the people of the West Virginia region in this new capacity."
As the organization's CEO, Mani will supervise 11 offices and 33 employees across the state. The Red Cross, which provides disaster relief and collects lifesaving blood, has hundreds of volunteers in West Virginia.
"Erica brings a passion for serving the people of West Virginia coupled with strong relationships across the state," said Joe Becker, vice president of the Red Cross' Mid-Atlantic region.
As Tomblin's deputy chief of staff, Mani served as vice chairwoman of the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council, a group set to distribute $4 million in state funds next month.
Mani also helped oversee a $126.3 million federal grant designed to expand high-speed Internet in West Virginia. The U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general is reviewing West Virginia's use of the stimulus funds.
Mani was recently mentioned in a lawsuit filed by two former lawyers with the Department of Health and Human Resources.