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Florida’s Coast to Heartland

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General Information

Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves over 500,000 residents in Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Highlands counties.
Indian River County – Chapter Headquarters
Address: 2506 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 562-2549

St. Lucie County Service Center
Address: 2963 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: (772) 672-8801

Okeechobee County Service Center
Address: 208 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-2488

Highlands County Service Center
Address: 21 Ryant Blvd, Suite B, Sebring, FL 33870
Phone: (863) 314-6743

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South Florida Region - Chapter Executive Director

Chapter Executive Director

Sarah Tippet Ruwe is the Executive Director for Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of American Red Cross South Florida Region. Ms. Ruwe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University as well as a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

She began her career at United Technologies Research Center as a Systems Analyst. After relocating to Maine she spent several years as a full-time mother and part-time office manager, as well as a professional volunteer with the local schools, local public broadcasting station and on the Board of Trustees of the local library. Ms. Ruwe relocated to Vero Beach in 2002. She began her career with the Red Cross at that time, and became the Chief Executive Officer of the North Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2003. In 2011 Ms. Ruwe became the Regional Director of Volunteers, a position she held until assuming her current role in April 2014. In addition to this role, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter for the last nine months. Ms. Ruwe is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of six.

The Coast to Heartland Chapter serves Highlands, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties, with a population of more than 565,000. As the Executive Director, Ms. Ruwe represents the organization throughout the counties, including strengthening relationships with partners, businesses, donors and volunteers.

Board of Directors

We are honored to have more than 7,500 Chapter board members serving as leadership volunteers around the United States. They serve as ambassadors for our mission, representatives of our brand and invest in our mission through their generous gifts of talent and money. Each year board members make a charitable contribution to our mission – we are most grateful and proud of their support.

As the largest humanitarian organization, the Red Cross relies on board members in our chapters to make our mission possible in communities nationwide. If you are interested in learning more about Red Cross board service in your community, please contact Sarah Ruwe at

Jim Anderson – Board Chair

Jim Anderson – Board Chair

Jim was born in 1947 in Youngstown Ohio, and moved to South Florida in 1951, as his father was reassigned to the area as a commercial pilot. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1969 with a Bachelors in Management and played defensive back for the Hurricanes. Jim started his career in imported wines and spirits in 1970, becoming an executive in 1976 until his retirement in 2007. Retirement didn’t last too long, as he joined the American Red Cross in 2008. Jim is the father of one son and grandfather of two.

Taylor Hoskins – Board Member

Taylor Hoskins – Board Member

Taylor Hoskins is a personal injury attorney who brings a wealth of knowledge,

professionalism, and legal heritage to her practice as a personal injury attorney at the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd. A lifelong resident of the Treasure Coast, she obtained her undergraduate degree from Stetson University in 2012 and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2015. Taylor was subsequently admitted to The Florida Bar that same year. Taylor earned her LL.M. Degree in Trial Advocacy in 2017 from Stetson University College of Law. Taylor currently serves as the secretary of the Treasure Coast Justice Association and as the secretary of the St. Lucie County Bar Association. As a member of the firm’s litigation department, Taylor is committed to securing the best possible results for each of her clients.

Terry Ann Paulo – Board Member

Terry Ann Paulo – Board Member

Terry Ann Paulo is the Secretariat Manager for the International Geosynthetics Society, a learned society dedicated to the scientific and engineering development of geosynthetics. In her role, Terry manages and coordinates all aspects of the international non-profit engineering society that oversees 44 chapters worldwide. Previously, Terry was the Legislative Aide to State Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach), where she was responsible for an array of duties ranging from researching and analyzing legislation to creating the weekly Mayfield Minute newsletter. Prior to working for State Representative Mayfield, Terry served as the Environment, Science & Technology Assistant for the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, DC. In this role, she represented the National Pork Producers Council on environment, energy, antibiotics, food safety, and animal welfare issues at Capitol Hill briefings and hearings; agriculture trade association meetings; and regulatory stakeholder meetings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Terry is a graduate of Fort Pierce Westwood High School and Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a MBA/Master of Arts in Government Dual Degree at Johns Hopkins University.

In her spare time, Terry loves to travel and is a Community-Based Mentor to a 12 year old girl through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.