Fikes was raised in Jasper and now lives in Oakman. She is a member of the Jasper Rotary Club and has volunteered with American Red Cross as well as the Walker County Homeless Coalition and Hope Clinic.
She has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management and homeland security, and she is currently studying for a master’s in emergency management.
Fikes spent 25 years in government work before making the switch to community service.
“I decided that when I retired I wanted to do something completely different,” Fikes said.
Fikes said she has enjoyed the disaster work she has done for the past two years as a Red Cross volunteer. She has also done hazard mitigation planning for the local Emergency Management Agency.
“I had a strong background in nonprofit work and a recent background in disaster work. This was perfect for me because it allows me to do both,” Fikes said.
As executive director, Fikes will manage Red Cross programs such as disaster services, service to Armed Forces, health and safety services, Project SHARE and blood drives.
The local office responds to more than 50 disasters and helps between 150 and 200 people each year, according to Red Cross estimates.
Billy Baxter, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Mid Alabama Region, said Fikes’ hometown roots will be an asset in her new job.
“We are excited about Pam being here because the community knows her and the kind of work she has done. She has good credibility, which is something that takes a long time to establish if you don’t already have it,” Baxter said.