Regional Staff and Chapter Leadership

A volunteer board and paid management team provide leadership for carrying out the work of the American Red Cross in Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso. Regional management consists of a team of officers and program directors. Kurt Kroemer, who serves as chief executive officer, provides overall leadership to the region.


Kurt Kroemer, Regional C.E.O. Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Kurt Kroemer, Regional C.E.O. Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Kurt Kroemer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona, New Mexico and EL Paso Region where he works with his staff and volunteer colleagues to deliver on the amazing American Red Cross mission. It is the second time in his career that he has had the privilege of working for the Red Cross as he held several executive positions from 1999-2008. Prior to his current role he served as the VP, Operations for Fathom Travel Ltd. where he helped create Carnival Corporation’s 10th cruise brand. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Humanity United, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and mass atrocities and as the Chief Operating Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of International Service, American University.

Don Speck, Chief Development Officer Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Don Speck, Chief Development Officer Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Don Speck joined the American Red Cross in August, 2016 as Chief Development Officer for the Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region.

He is responsible for leading the regional development team to strengthen and grow our donor base to assist the American Red Cross in meeting our assigned financial objectives. His focus is on leading the regional team in cultivating donors and growing our financial development team in planning, managing and implementing fund development strategies. Don works closely with our Board of Directors to ensure strong awareness and fund development to support the American Red Cross humanitarian vision, mission and efforts.

Don brings to the American Red Cross over 25 years of leadership expertise in sales, sales management and training/development. He has worked for a diverse array of companies in numerous industries and businesses. He most recently was with Vantage Mobility International, an organization that manufactured and converted vehicles for the disabled community and help those clients regain their mobility and freedom.

Don has also been involved since 1998 with the Fiesta Bowl Volunteer Committee working with sponsors and supporters in addition to leading volunteer teams to help coordinate activities around this very large national event in Phoenix each year.

Don has served as Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Media Relations team in 2006-2007 and served as Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Game Operations team in 2011-2012. In 2006-2007, Don was awarded The Fiesta Bowl “Chairman of the Year” for his work leading the Game Operations team and most recently was acknowledge as “Chairman’s Choice” Award Winner during the 2013-2014 season.

Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer Arizona New Mexico El Paso Region

Colin Williams joined the American Red Cross in September 2016. In the role of Regional Communications Officer, he will oversee the dissemination of Red Cross information to the over 9.4 million people in the Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso Region. His responsibilities include disaster response, social media, safety awareness, education, blood, Services to the Armed Forces and International Services information.

Colin manages a dedicated team of Red Cross staff and volunteers who provide timely, compelling, accurate and often times lifesaving information across the largest Red Cross Region in the continental United States.

Previously, Colin served as the Public Information Officer for the Rural/Metro Fire Department. In that role, he responded to many high profile emergency incidents throughout the Southwest. While at Rural/Metro, he managed a partnership with the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Red Cross on the Home Fire Campaign to reduce home fire fatalities. Colin has experience in fundraising, disaster training and response as well community recovery efforts.

Colin is a past Chairman of the Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust in the Town of Paradise Valley and has a long history of volunteering his time. He is a state certified Fire Fighter, a BBQ Pitmaster and holds a degree in Photography from Arizona State University. He is a proud native of Arizona and enjoys the culture and lifestyle found in the Southwest.


Jack Wilson, Regional Director Services to Armed Forces and International Services

Jack Wilson has been the director of the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services programs for the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region since August 2015.

Jack oversees Red Cross staff and volunteers as they provide critical services with a caring touch to men and women in all branches of the United States military, active duty personnel, reservists and members of the National Guard, and their families.

In addition, Jack supervises the International Services program which includes the Restoring Family Links service. This free program gives families a way to restore contact when they are separated by armed conflict or disaster worldwide.

Previously, Jack served as the Red Cross program manager for the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services in the North Texas Region. He was named Regional Employee of the Year for the Fiscal Year 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area Specialist for the Service to the Armed Forces & International Services.

His prior employment includes the World Affairs Council of Dallas & Forth Worth and Texas Christian University Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

Jack has a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Christian University.

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Beth Boyd, Regional Disaster Program Officer

Beth Boyd has been the Regional Disaster Officer since April 2014. She oversees Disaster Cycle Services programs, including Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Arizona, New Mexico and three Texas counties. Last year, Red Cross volunteers and staff assisted more than 1,473 people in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso who were affected by 1,029 disasters including house fires, flooding and wildfires. In addition, Red Cross volunteers installed 2,271 smoke alarms, helped 1,508 families develop home fire evacuation plans and presented disaster preparedness information to 2,833 children.

Beth has been with the Red Cross since joining as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2001 when she served as a caseworker for families affected by the events of September 11th. During the past 14 years she has served the Red Cross in various roles at the local, state and national levels, most recently as the Manager, ESF-6 at American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Beth has championed multiagency planning efforts such as the Florida Disaster Case Management Plan and the implementation of the National Mass Care Strategy.

Beth is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Emergency Administration & Disaster Planning. In her free time, Beth enjoys rooting for the Texas Rangers, road tripping around America and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Pudge.


John Patton, Regional Chief Operating Officer, Arizona, New Mexico, & El Paso

John Patton joined the Red Cross in November of 2014 as Executive Director for the Southern Arizona Chapter in Tucson. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in Nov 2015.

Prior to the Red Cross, John was an entrepreneur, growing several start-up companies, including his most recent endeavor Altrinsic Solutions, a software company where he served as Chief Operating Officer for 12 years.

In his own words John’s passion is to “build and grow organizations by inspiring those around me to work and be their very best.”

Board of Directors

  • Michael McLaughlin, Chair, APS Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station
  • Connie Baker, Ernst and Young LLP
  • Jim Berg, retired from Apollo Educational Group
  • Martin Collinsworth, Fry’s Food and Drug
  • Tom Jurgens, Nationwide
  • Luis Frisby, Southwest Gas
  • Larry Hofer, Cox Communications
  • Greg Lee, Arizona Cardinals
  • Alicia Mangram, MD, Honor Health
  • Deb McBride, Benefit Members Associated, Inc. and Tiffany Circle Chair
  • Jim Olson, Republic Services
  • Robert Maruster, formerly with JetBlue and Republic Services
  • Howard Bell, Arizona Bell