Regional Leadership

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Linda Voss - Regional Chief Executive Officer

Linda Voss serves as the Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Desert to the Sea Region. Linda is responsible for the strategic oversight and operational effectiveness of the region, which consists of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

In her role, Linda is responsible for the coordination of a comprehensive infrastructure and service delivery model for the Desert to the Sea Region that addresses the emergency and disaster preparedness and response needs of residents within this large and diverse geographic area.

Prior to joining the Desert to the Sea Region, Linda served as CEO for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. She has also served as the CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region, operating out of Louisville, Kentucky, after having spent 8 years at American Red Cross National Headquarters. While at national headquarters, Linda spent most of her time directing the plasma derivative product marketing team. She also had the opportunity to manage the hospital marketing (blood), reimbursement, and market research units and was the recipient of two Tiffany Employee Excellence Awards.

Linda received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and also holds Master of Business Administration degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in marketing and finance. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Indiana University.

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Malinda McDonald - Chief Administrative Officer

Malinda McDonald serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Desert to Sea Region. In this position, Malinda oversees and maintains regional financial and everyday operations.

Malinda has been with the Red Cross for 16 years, starting with the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and joined the Desert to Sea Region in 2014. She has been nationally recognized by the Red Cross with the President’s Award for Employee Excellence for her extraordinary efforts in the professional/technical services area, most notably during the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego.

A native San Diegan, Malinda brings more than 20 years of experience to the Red Cross, previously working for Community Health Group, KPMG and The Hahn Company. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a degree from San Diego State University.

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Glenn Maddalon, CFRE, MPH - Regional Chief Development Officer

As the Regional Chief Development Officer, Glenn works with external partners, corporations, and individual donors to advance the Red Cross mission by raising funds to support programs that include disaster preparedness initiatives, emergency relief efforts and services to members of the armed forces and their families.

A highly accomplished and seasoned executive, Glenn has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit association and foundation management. As a long-time fundraising executive, Glenn has successfully led the fund development efforts of several national and local non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Glenn held positions at such esteemed organizations as the MIND Research Institute, Community Hospital Foundation, American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society.

Glenn is heavily engaged in the community and is involved with numerous fundraising organizations, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Southern California Leadership Network, National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

Glenn holds a Master in Public Health from the Executive Health Professionals Master’s Program at the University of California Los Angeles, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from San Jose State University.

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Debbie Leahy-Graves - Regional Disaster Program Officer

Debbie has been with the Red Cross for over 20 years. As the Regional Disaster Program Officer, Debbie oversees all regional response and preparedness teams, programs and services.

Beginning her Red Cross career in Orange County as a volunteer teaching Health and Safety classes, Debbie has grown within the organization, serving in several different capacities, including Regional Director of Health and Safety, Regional Director of Preparedness and in 2013 became the Regional Disaster Officer.

Throughout her career, Debbie has led the development of programs and services such as the Disaster Preparedness Academy, Disaster Recovery Alliance, Business Emergency Response Team Training (BERTT), Senior Safety Through Emergency Preparedness (SSTEP), Positive Prevention, Scrubby Bear and other corporate preparedness programs.

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Joseph Golanka - Regional Director, Service to the Armed Forces

Joseph Golanka serves as the Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) for the Desert to the Sea Region. Under Joe’s leadership and direction, the local Service to the Armed Forces provides Red Cross services to active duty military members, veterans and their families throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Joe has previously represented the region on several national levels and created a unique program for Veterans employed by the American Red Cross called “Veterans+” (Veterans Plus), a platform for veterans, military families, spouses, and friends to come together as a resource for one another and the organization.

Joe served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years, both active duty and reserve. His leadership responsibilities included the combat readiness and tactical support of an Infantry Battalion. He also served in a variety of combat leadership positions both on active duty and reserve.

Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Joe spent 20 years in the healthcare and communication industries, working for Johnson and Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Sprint and AT&T.

Joe’s non-profit service includes positions with the American Red Cross, Travis Manion Foundation and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

A graduate of Niagara University, he earned a degree in Political Science and Business.

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Toni Chitty - Regional Volunteer Officer

Serving as the Regional Volunteer Officer for Desert to the Sea Region, Toni is responsible for strengthening and growing volunteer programs and services to meet the organization’s needs.

Beginning her Red Cross career as a youth volunteer in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Toni has experience representing various lines of service within the organization. She worked as a Blood Services tele-recruiter while in high school, and from 1990-1994 Toni was employed as a Blood Services Field Representative in Orange County, California.

After 20 years of building her career in large volunteer programs, services and management at various organizations in 2014, Toni returned to the Red Cross as the Regional Volunteer Director and in 2015 became the Regional Volunteer Officer.

Toni holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Cal State Long beach and received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cal State Northridge.

Executive Directors

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Lois Beckman - Executive Director (Riverside County)

Lois has been with the American Red Cross for almost seven years; she began her Red Cross career as the Riverside Chapter Development Officer and became the Executive Director in 2012.

Lois’ accomplishments include raising over $10 million and cultivating a national partnership with Circle K Stores which operates an in-store giving campaign that generates approximately $2 million annually.

Lois has an accomplished background of 20+ years of fundraising and non-profit management experience with various local and national non-profit organizations and has completed non-profit management and philanthropy programs at both Cal State Fullerton and La Sierra University.

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Yevette Ramos - Executive Director (San Bernardino County)

Yevette has worked with the American Red Cross for 12 years. She began her Red Cross career in 2003 as Director of Fund Development for the San Bernardino Chapter and became the Executive Director in 2012.

Yevette has been successful in building key relationships with donors and community partners throughout the Inland Empire. She is responsible for establishing and growing several key partnerships, most significantly one with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who has supported the Red Cross mission at the local, national, and international levels.

Prior to joining the Red Cross Yevette was the Foundation Director for Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside, where she was responsible for community and government relations. Yevette is committed to being a life-long learner and has an MBA from CSUSB.