Minessa Mesic is leaving her job Tuesday as executive director of the Pecan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She has held the job for nearly seven years.

A come-and-go reception will be held for Mesic from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams.

Mesic said she is following up on plans she initially announced in October, and will work for a company called AKL Wind Energy Scouting, Inc., which scouts out land for wind farms.

Mesic said in October that she was resigning effective Dec. 31, but then decided to stay on the job awhile longer because the timing hadn’t been right for her to leave.

She said she’ll work from her home doing the company’s accounting and business operations, and she’ll become a Red Cross volunteer in disaster relief and as disaster liaison in the community.

“I told Terry I’m just a phone call away,” Mesic said, referring to chapter assistant Terry Kaye Burross.

Mike Terrill, chairman of the local Red Cross board, said Mesic has been a “tremendous asset” who will be missed. “However, we will continue to have the benefit of her expertise as a volunteer in disaster relief and as disaster liaison in the community. For that, we are very grateful,” Terrill said.

Board member Dok Woods said Mesic loves the community and loves the Red Cross and it’s difficult to see her leave her job. “Her love for disaster relief and planning and her passion for Red Cross will be put to good use,” Woods said, referring to Mesic’s role as a volunteer.

Mesic said in January she had put her resignation plans on hold and wanted to help the chapter become financially stable and reach other goals.

The chapter has made a $30,000 turnaround from last year and had a 350 percent increase in net income, Mesic said.

She said the chapter’s improved financial picture resulted from factors including the Heroes campaign and other donations.