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Broward County

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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 17 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 Dine & Dock Celebrity/CEO & Experience Auction Humanitarian Awards. 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 an avid angler from York, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Towson University. She is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward, and Trustee Member of the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale.

Board of Directors


Richard Helber, Chairman, Board of Directors

CEO Tropical Financial Credit Union

  • Shannon Alfonso
    President & CEO Florida Region
    Marsh & McLennan Agency

  • Gregory K. Bader, Board Development Committee Chair

  • Thomasina Caporella, Philanthropy Committee Chair
    Owner University Centre

  • Thomas E. Choberka, Communications Committee Chair
    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, 2017 Dine & Dock Event Chair, Community Volunteer Leader (CVL)
    Retired Circuit Court Judge Broward County Courts, Dine & Dock Event Chair

  • Kathryn Krause
    Retired Nurse

  • Alexis Leal
    Vice President
    MCM Construction

  • Chuck Malkus
    Chief Strategy Officer

  • Robert E. McGrath
    CPA, MBA

  • Tunde Ogunlana
    CFS, Family Officer™
    Axial Family Advisors

  • Miles Plaskett
    Duane Morris LLP

  • Lawrence M. Ploucha, Mission Committee Chair
    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Stefanie C. Moon
    S.C. Moon Law

  • Luis O. Rivera
    MRW Consulting Group, LLP

  • Chad Thilborger
    Owner, Author, & TV Show Host
    MOD Wine Lounge