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Broward County

General Information

The Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves over 1.7 million Broward County residents.
Broward County Chapter
Address: 600 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: (954) 797-3800

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South Florida Region - Chapter Executive Director

Chapter Executive Director

Paula Prendergast joined the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter as Executive Director in 2014. Since being appointed to lead the chapter, she has inspired and empowered a renewal of the Red Cross mission. She’s no stranger to Broward County; Mrs. Prendergast has been in non-profit management for over 15 years. She’s a proven leader and true proponent of the non-profit sector. Paula has directed major fundraising events for community health organizations and was instrumental in bringing back to the Broward County Chapter the American Red Cross Humanitarian Dinner CEOs. Champions. Connections. Community. This outstanding signature event generates awareness and helps raise funds for the American Red Cross mission. Paula was the Area Director of the American Lung Association in Florida and served as Executive Director for the Florida Chapter Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Paula is from York, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Towson University. She is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club and enjoys fishing.

Board of Directors


Richard Helber, Board Chair

CEO Tropical Financial Credit Union

  • Gregory K. Bader, Attorney Gunster
  • Thomasina Caporella, Owner University Centre
  • Thomas E. Choberka, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys At Law
  • Dr. John P. Cunha, D.O., Medical Director, City of Oakland Park Fire Rescue Administration
  • Mike deVente, Vice President & General Manager Latin America & Caribbean Region Motorola Solutions
  • Luisa Gutman, SVP and Chief Operating Officer Holy Cross Hospital, Inc.
  • Cynthia G. Imperato, Circuit Court Judge Broward County Courts
  • Carmen Johnson, EVP & General Counsel JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
  • Kathryn Krause, Retired Nurse
  • Chuck Laetsch, CPA, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Robert E. McGrath, CPA MBA De Meo, Young, McGrath A Goldstein Schechter Koch Company
  • Tunde Ogunlana, CFS, Family Officer™, Axial Family Advisors
  • Lawrence M. Ploucha, Shareholder Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Luis O. Rivera, MRW Consulting Group, LLP
  • Paul Sallarulo, CEO Nexera Medical Inc.
  • Bob Swindell, President and CEO Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Todd Templin, Executive Vice President Boardroom Communications Inc.