Regional Leadership

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Linda Jorge Carbone, Regional CEO

Linda Jorge Carbone serves as Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region and Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Chapter. As Regional CEO, Ms. Carbone leads a team of paid and volunteer staff who provide critical Red Cross services to the 19 counties we serve. Before joining the Tampa Bay Chapter as CEO in 2009, Ms. Carbone practiced law for more than 15 years and served as a dedicated volunteer and Board Member for more than 12 years. Her passion and commitment to the Red Cross mission are unwavering. Ms. Carbone is an alumna of Boston College Law School and Clark University and has two young sons.

Email: Linda Carbone


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Margaret Boyles Brown, Regional Director of Volunteer Services

Margaret Brown serves as Regional Volunteer Service Officer of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. Ms. Brown guides the Office of Volunteers team to ensure every volunteer feels welcomed and has a meaningful experience with the Red Cross. A staff member since 2001, she has extensive logistics and managerial experience with both Preparedness Health and Safety Services and the Office of Volunteers. Ms. Brown and her husband are longtime Florida residents and have three married daughters and six grandchildren.

Email: Margaret Brown


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Linda Biller Hague, Regional Chief Development

Linda Biller Hague serves as Regional Chief Development Officer for the Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross. Ms. Hague leads a team of Major Gift Officers and oversees the fundraising activities in the region. She began her career with the Red Cross more than 25 years ago as a youth volunteer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She served in various roles during her 10-year tenure with the Susquehanna Valley Chapter in Central Pennsylvania before becoming CEO for the Northwest Florida Chapter headquartered in Pensacola. Ms. Hague is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband and their dog.

Email: Linda Biller


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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


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Emily Simons, Regional Disaster Officer

Emily Simons serves as Regional Disaster Officer of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. Ms. Simons ensures the effective delivery of Red Cross disaster services to nearly nine million residents and countless traveling visitors of the Central Florida Region. A seasoned emergency management professional, she brings over ten years of prior experience providing project management and operational planning strategies for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security. A Massachusetts native, Ms. Simons holds an M.A. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Email: Emily Simons


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Rachael Zern, Regional Chief Administrative Officer

Rachael Zern serves as Regional Chief Administrative Officer of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. As CAO, Ms. Zern leads the Business Operations team in administering the facilities, fleet and finances of the Region. Prior to this role, Ms. Zern was a Senior Analyst for the Red Cross for four years, and has been in the accounting and business management field for ten years. Ms. Zern hails from Washington, D.C., but now calls Valrico, Florida, home with her fiancé and dog.

Email: Rachael Zern

Executive Directors

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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


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Sherri Monroe, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Florida’s Space Coast

Sherri Monroe serves as Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Florida’s Space Coast. 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. Ms. Monroe is has been a resident of Volusia County where she resides with her husband and three children for more than 20 years.

Email: Sherri Monroe


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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