Minessa Mesic (left), who left her job Tuesday as executive director of the Pecan Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, talks with Nyo Lowe (center) and Jeannette Chesser at a reception in Mesicís honor Tuesday at the Red Cross building. Red Cross board Chairman Mike Terrill presented Mesic with a plaque and praised her efforts in helping turn around the chapter's finances in the last few months. Photo by Steve Nash