Leadership

Sean Mahoney – Chief Executive Officer

Sean Mahoney – Chief Executive Officer

Sean Mahoney is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. Sean joined the organization in December 2017 and furthers the organization’s mission in the community by leading the region’s disaster preparedness initiatives, emergency relief efforts, service to the armed forces, and more.

Mahoney brings significant leadership skills to the Red Cross, most recently serving as the Executive Director of zero8hundred, an organization he launched in 2015. An innovative non-profit, zero8hundred assists service members as they transition to civilian life after completing military service.

Mahoney is a veteran himself, having retired at the rank of Captain after 27 years in the United States Coast Guard. His service included shipboard experience and assignments piloting helicopters in Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Texas, and as an exchange officer to the Canadian Forces.

Mahoney also has a background in disaster relief, including direction of hurricane responses while assigned as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Houston. He served as the Director of Governmental and Public Relations for the Coast Guard’s 40-state Atlantic Area, and was then assigned to the Mid-Atlantic region, where he oversaw crisis management across six states and the western Atlantic.

Mahoney has lived in San Diego since 2011. His final assignment in the Coast Guard was as Captain of the Port and Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego, where he supervised personnel and assets that completed missions throughout southern California, Arizona, and southern Utah and Nevada.

Mahoney is a 1987 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He is the chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Defense, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and is a member of the San Diego Military Advisory Council.

Sean and his wife Christine have been married for over 30 years. They have two adult daughters.


Red Cross San Diego Malinda McDonald

Malinda McDonald – Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Malinda McDonald serves as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties where she oversees the financial operations of the region and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) programs. Malinda also oversees support departments and manages the region’s service sites in Imperial Valley and American Samoa. In 2015, Malinda also assumed the CAO role for the American Red Cross Desert to Sea Region which covers Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Malinda joined the Red Cross in 1999, previously holding positions of Director of Finance and Support Services, Controller and Accounting Manager. She has been nationally recognized by the American 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. Malinda also played a major role in the finances and accounting of funds raised during the 2007 San Diego Wildfires in which the local Red Cross was given responsibility to oversee $26.5 million allocated for the Relief, Planning and Assistance program that ultimately helped more than 300 San Diegans recover. Additionally, she was acknowledged by the San Diego Business Journal as Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2009 and received the 2017 Community Service Award.

A native San Diegan, Malinda brings more than 20 years of experience, 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. Malinda resides in the South Bay with her husband and two daughters.


Red Cross Wendy McKinney San Diego

Wendy McKinney - Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Wendy McKinney is the Chief Development Officer (CDO) for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. As the CDO, Wendy works with external partners, corporations, individual donors, volunteers and others to advance the organization’s mission in the community by raising funds to support disaster preparedness initiatives, emergency relief efforts, services to members of the armed forces and their families, and more.

A native of Los Angeles, Wendy brings over 20 years of marketing, sales and fundraising experience in the financial services industry and more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit industry. Most recently, Wendy successfully created and led the fundraising division of one of San Diego’s oldest and largest non-profits, the Neighborhood House Association (NHA). As development director, Wendy led NHA’s 100 Year Centennial Celebration, which raised over $1 million for the organization.

Prior to joining NHA, Wendy worked in the financial services sector for companies including Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB), VARDS (a division of Wachovia Bank) and AIG/SunAmerica. She was responsible for building the most successful sales team in AIG/SunAmerica’s history, reaching a $5 billion sales goal, as well as maintaining a multi-million dollar sponsorship budget.

Wendy is involved with numerous local organizations, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, CEO Roundtable, San Diego Economic Development Corporation and the 1898 Society at the Red Cross. She is also a former Jackie Robinson YMCA board member and former Urban League committee member.

Wendy graduated from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan, Executive Leadership Institute and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Wendy is married to a local pastor in San Diego and has three children.


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Victor Roosen – Regional Disaster Officer

Victor Roosen was appointed the Regional Disaster Officer (RDO) for the American Red Cross San Diego Region in January 2016. Victor leads the entire disaster workforce in the region, where the Red Cross responds to more than 300 home fires and other disasters every year. He is responsible for the Disaster Services department, including preparedness, response, and recovery programs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, as well as in American Samoa.

Victor began his career with the Red Cross in 2011, serving as the Regional Disaster Officer for the Western Pennsylvania Region, covering 28 counties. He also held roles as a Regional Disaster Response Manager and in External Relations.

With more than 23 years of operational leadership experience in businesses and nonprofit industries, Victor is skilled in program development and management as well as workforce management and motivation. Victor’s disaster leadership experience includes serving in Operations Management for in numerous national relief operations across the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States. He also served as the Disaster Operation Director for flooding relief efforts across Western Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Victor worked as the managing member for RMA Investor Group, LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment and property management firm. He also held leadership positions with various companies throughout Southern California, including regional vice president of Adecco Technical in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Victor previously served as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and on the boards of Medical Disaster Response, Inc. and the Pittsburgh Marathon. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh-based Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University (BYU). A native of California, he is thrilled to be home.


Red Cross San Diego Curt Luthye

Curt Luthye – Regional Volunteer Services Officer

Curt Luthye is the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. He leads in recruiting and engaging a workforce of more than 2,000 volunteers. Curt develops volunteer leadership to serve in all areas of the Red Cross.

Previously, Curt served as a senior manager in Disaster Services at the Red Cross. Specializing in mass care, spiritual care and information & planning, Curt helped lead 11 national-level disaster responses, including California wildfires, the mudslide in Oso, Wash., tornado recovery in Moore, Okla., and Hurricane Sandy. Locally, Curt created two regional conferences focused on serving people with access and functional needs, resulting in the San Diego County Access and Functional Needs work group, designed to serve the whole community. In 2013, Curt kick-started the Prepare San Diego initiative, more than doubling the first year goal with more than 250,000 disaster preparedness actions taken.

Prior to the Red Cross, Curt served nine years as a minister with the Church of the Nazarene’s Caribbean regional office, helping both to strengthen local leadership development and coordinate hundreds of volunteer teams that built churches, homes, schools, and medical facilities in 20 Caribbean countries. He also served in Haiti during the earthquake response in 2010, overseeing volunteer teams who came to assist with rebuilding.

Curt graduated from Southern Nazarene University and has a Master’s of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is committed to people, and his goal is to create meaningful opportunities for people to give back to their communities.

Curt enjoys exploring San Diego’s beaches and hiking trails with his wife Beth and their daughter.


Red Cross San Diego Charlie Fleishman

Charlie Fleishman – Director, Service to the Armed Forces

Charlie Fleishman is the Director of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. The Service to the Armed Forces department provides Red Cross assistance to service members, veterans and their families throughout the San Diego region – the largest concentration of active duty military in the country and the second largest concentration of veterans on the west coast.

Charlie has participated in several national-level working groups to review and refine business processes, design and implement a new model for SAF Emergency Communications and evaluate the SAF community-based service delivery structure. Charlie’s leadership and knowledge helped position the San Diego SAF program to be at the forefront of new and innovative approaches to service delivery. Charlie joined the Red Cross in April 2008, serving on the implementation team and managing the consolidated emergency communications center (ECC) in San Diego that provided worldwide emergency message services to military families.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Charlie spent 30 years in non-profit social services. During his 18-year career in residential treatment with delinquent youth, he created and implemented the Civic Conservation Corps program, engaging urban youth in conservation work on public lands. Charlie also was previously the Services Director for Meals-on-Wheels of Greater San Diego, meeting the daily needs of 1,000 homebound seniors throughout San Diego County.

A graduate of Arizona State University School of Social Work, Charlie served four years on active duty with U.S. Air Force before entering college.


Red Cross San Diego Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson – Director, Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Ann Anderson supports San Diego’s most vulnerable families as Director of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program within the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. Ann is responsible for leading approximately 85 employees, managing 15 WIC sites across San Diego County and overseeing a budget nearly $6 million.

American Red Cross WIC serves 26,000 people per month, providing them with nutrition education and breastfeeding support, along with checks for healthy foods and referrals to valuable community resources. Also at the American Red Cross, Ann previously managed the Services to the Armed Forces program before assuming her WIC duties in 2008.

Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Ann worked at Xerox for 17 years where she had a well-rounded career, including seven years in Human Resources, two years in Finance and eight years in Operations Management. She received her B.S. in Management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and earned her M.S. in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2011.

Ann enjoys volunteering her time, especially teaching Sunday School. She also loves family time, which often includes watching and playing baseball with her husband and son.


Emily Cox – Regional Communications Director

Emily Cox – Regional Communications Director

Emily Cox is the Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. Emily is responsible for the region’s internal and external communications, media relations, social media and disaster public affairs.

Emily comes to the Red Cross most recently from the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center where she served as the Director of Marketing & Media Relations when the ownership of the former Chula Vista Olympic Training Center was transferred to the City of Chula Vista on January 1, 2017. As a part of the ownership transition, Emily coordinated marketing and media relations for the newly-established third-party operator and liaised with the City of Chula Vista and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) while the center remains a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site.

Emily worked for the USOC for five and a half years at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, leading the efforts for media and community relations. While at the Olympic Training Center, she planned large-scale community events and supported Team USA as a press officer at three Olympic Games in London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro.

Prior to her work with the USOC, Emily was the Communications Coordinator for the San Diego Police Officers Association where she managed their communications projects and transformed their monthly member publication, The Informant, from a newspaper to a magazine.

A Chula Vista native, Emily received her undergraduate degree in Communication at UC Santa Barbara. After earning a Master’s degree from Boston University, she began her career with a Boston public relations agency before moving back to San Diego in 2007.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties and is composed of representatives from many different community sectors. This group develops the vision for our region and determines the policies that guide our decisions. The Board ensures that the local Red Cross is an effective steward of our donors’ contributions.
David Geier, Chair
Senior Vice President of Electric Operations
San Diego Gas & Electric

Steven Stuckey, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, San Diego Market President
U.S. Bank, La Jolla Commons

Andy Fichthorn, Secretary
President (Retired)
Sea World San Diego

Stan Hartman, Past Chair
1st Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Bobby Brock
President & CEO
Imperial Valley Community Foundation

Mary Ruth Carleton
Vice President, University Relations and Development (CEO)
San Diego State University (The Campanile Foundation)

Joe Craver
CEO (Retired)
American Red Cross

Rodger Dougherty
Senior Director, Public Affairs & Brand Communications
Kaiser Permanente

Denice Garcia
Director of International Affairs
City of San Diego, Office of the Mayor

Keith Goosby *
Fleet & Family Support Programs, Work & Family
Navy Region Southwest

Laura Hart
Vice President, Business Operations
Qualcomm Incorporated

Dan Hom
CEO and President
Focuscom, Inc.

Col. Rick Huenefeld, USMC (Retired) *
Community Liaison Officer
MCRD San Diego

Rosemary Johnston *
San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative

Pat Lloyd
GKN Aerospace (Retired)

Anurag Malik
Chief Information Officer
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Joseph P. Martinez
Shareholder
Seltzer | Caplan | McMahon | Vitek

Leo Morales
Marketing Manager – U.S. Operations
Wawanesa General Insurance Company

Grace Polley
Director, Real Estate & Facilities
AMN Healthcare

Ronda Sedillo
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
San Diego Padres

Carisa Wisniewski
Partner in Charge
Moss Adams

Charlene Zettel
Retired
Donate Life California

* Ex-Officio Members