Regional Leadership

Jennifer Pipa, Regional CEO

Jennifer Pipa most recently served as Senior Director of Recovery Operations for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Pipa was responsible for providing dedicated leadership to effectively execute and deliver Recovery Services across the United States. Focused on large or complex events, she directed services both on the scene and remotely; depending on the magnitude, complexity, and timing of disasters. She had fiscal oversight, facilitated grant management, and identified and developed talent to support numerous recovery efforts

Mrs. Pipa started with the American Red Cross in 2004 as a volunteer in the Triangle Area Chapter where she was a member of a Disaster Action Team. She supported a mega shelter for incoming evacuees from Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina before being hired as a Client Casework Coordinator in Raleigh, NC. Mrs. Pipa has filled multiple positions over the years, including Emergency Services Director for the Triangle Area Chapter, Operations Program Lead for National Headquarters in Washington, DC, and Director Volunteer Mobilization and Support for National Headquarters.

Mrs. Pipa has a proven track record of building collaborative relationships across all levels of the organization and brings to the role her experience in both the field and National Headquarters. In her free time, she has competed in numerous half marathons, she enjoys cooking, and she volunteers with the Junior League. Mrs. Pipa lives in Tampa, FL with her husband Brian, and their daughter Madison.

Email: Jennifer Pipa

Direct line: (813) 868-7624

Kathie Wild, Regional Chief Development Officer

Kathie Wild brings more than 20 years of experience to our team in the area of sales and new business development. Most recently, she served as a Regional Vice President for Aeropostale, Inc. covering the Southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. In that role, she led and engaged a team of 14 district managers, store managers, and supporting teams. Kathie is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Email: Kathie Wild

Katherine Lixey, Regional Volunteer Lead

Email: Katherine Lixey

Rachel Nelson, Regional Communication and Marketing Director

Rachel Nelson brings more than 20 years experience in communications to the Red Cross, including a decade in the nonprofit arena. Most recently, she served as a member of the management team at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, the top-attended zoo in the Southeast, leading award-winning public relations efforts for 11 years. Prior to that, Mrs. Nelson held professional roles with several public and private entities in Florida and Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a proud Florida transplant. Mrs. Nelson lives in Tampa with her husband, two sons, bonus stepson and feisty little dog.

Email: Rachel Nelson

Lou Rodriguez, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director

Lou Rodriguez serves as Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director for the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. Mr. Rodriguez leads a team of highly effective staff and volunteers responsible for services to the armed forces by facilitating emergency communication services and providing support to active, guard, reserve and military families at MacDill and Patrick Air Force Base, the St Petersburg and Clearwater US Coast Guard Stations, the CW Bill Young State Guard/Reserve Center, and the Tampa Military Entrance Processing Station. Mr. Rodriguez served as a U.S. Air Force Health Services Manager and holds a M.S. in Health Care Management from Trident University B.S.B.A. from Western New England University.

Email: Lou Rodriguez

Eric Corliss, Division Disaster Director – Florida, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands; Interim Regional Disaster Officer for the Central Florida Region

Email: Eric Corliss

Rachael Broadwater, Regional Chief Administrative Officer

Rachael Broadwater serves as Regional Chief Administrative Officer of the American Red Cross of Central Florida. As CAO, Mrs. Broadwater leads the Business Operations team in administering the facilities, fleet, and finances of the region. Prior to this role, Mrs. Broadwater served as Senior Analyst for the Red Cross for four years and was in the accounting and business management field for ten years. Mrs. Broadwater hails from Washington, D.C., but now calls Valrico, Florida home with her husband and their two dogs.

Email: Rachael Broadwater

Executive Directors

Chad Magnuson, Executive Director of Mid-Florida

Chad Magnuson serves as Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Mid-Florida. Since 2001, Mr. Magnuson has served in leadership roles with the organization around the world, including posts in Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, The Netherlands, and Germany; deployments with the American Red Cross to combat zones in the Middle East and the Balkans; and more than 30 disaster relief assignments across the U.S.A. During his Red Cross career, Mr. Magnuson has served as Regional Disaster Officer as well as Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) and International Services. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College and resides in Lakeland with his wife and daughter.

Email: Chad Magnuson

Sherri Monroe, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Orlando

Sherri Monroe serves as Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Orlando. Ms. Monroe has served in advisory roles with Volusia County Schools and actively volunteered a number of organizations and is dedicated to the Red Cross mission and her community. Throughout her two-decade career, she has held leadership positions with both non-profit organizations and private sector organizations. She is a graduate of Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business and resides with her husband and three children.

Megarie D. van Sickel, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida

Megarie D. van Sickel serves as Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida. Under Ms. van Sickel’s leadership, the century-old chapter has grown its active volunteer base, expanded its community partners, and increased its response capability to include Emergency Response Vehicles in all quadrants of the county. Since 2003, she has guided a volunteer-led team through numerous disasters including Hurricane Charley, the largest hurricane to strike Southwest Florida in 40 years. Ms. van Sickel serves as Vice Chair Elect of the Association of Florida Chapters and serves on the Florida Blood Centers Advisory Council, the Charlotte County 211 Board, and the local FEMA Grant Allocation Committee.

Email: Megarie van Sickel

Rebecca DeLorenzo, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Florida's Space Coast

Rebecca DeLorenzo served as President & CEO of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2017. With more than a decade of service at the Chamber, Rebecca has fostered collaboration with many community partners and helped the business community thrive. We are excited to have such an active and visible leader in the community with our organization!