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Greater Miami & The Keys

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The Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves over 2 million residents in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter
Address: 335 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33315
Phone: (305) 644-1200

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Alfred Sanchez - Regional CEO, South Florida Region

Chapter Executive Director

Alfred Sanchez leads a team of over 3,000 volunteers and staff as they support nearly 8 million residents across the region’s 13 counties to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

Sanchez has deep roots in the South Florida area and with the Red Cross, bringing with him a local perspective that has allowed him to hit the ground running. He began his Red Cross journey in the 1990s when he served at the helm of the organization from 1995 to 1998. In 2014, Sanchez enthusiastically rejoined the South Florida Region Red Cross to lead the organization as Executive Director for Greater Miami and the Keys; a position he will continue to play alongside his new duties as Regional Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to his reunion with the Red Cross, he led the YMCA of Greater Miami as President and Chief Executive Officer for 12 years. Sanchez began his career, serving as Director of Government & Community Relations for Royal Caribbean Cruises & Celebrity Cruises. In this role, he was responsible for the charitable programs and carrying out the company’s vision for enhancing the wellbeing of the communities throughout 160 international ports of call.

Trained as a master in community and clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, Alfred Sanchez received his BA in Psychology and English from Beaver College in Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Julia R. Bianchi – Board Chair

Julia R. Bianchi – Board Chair


Victoria Villalba – Board Vice Chair

Victoria Villalba – Board Vice Chair


J. Everett Wilson – Board Secretary

J. Everett Wilson – Board Secretary


  • Sergio Abreu, Director Local Government & Community Relations TECO
  • John J. Diez, President of Dedicated Transportation Solutions RYDER SYSTEM, INC.
  • Nelly Farra, Philanthropist
  • Ben Gilbert, Vice President Business Development MASTEC
  • Matthew G. Helmerich, Philanthropist
  • Edward J. Joyce – Past Chair, President of South Florida Region NORTHERN TRUST BANK
  • Claudia Kotchka, Senior Executive CBKOTCHKA
  • Gary Ladolcetta, Senior Vice President Middle Marketing Banking FIFTH THIRD BANK
  • Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Attorney JORGE LUIS LOPEZ LAW FIRM
  • Jorge Martinez, Vice President The Conroy Martinez Group
  • Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director MARLINS FOUNDATION
  • J. P. Miquel
  • Phillis Oeters, Corporate Vice President of Government & Community Relations BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA
  • Peter Pruitt, Managing Partner Deloitte LP
  • Jeannett Slesnick, Commissioner, City of Coral Gables
  • Joanie Stringer, Senior Vice President Northern Trust Company
  • Thomas te Riele, Senior Vice President BANKUNITED, N.A.
  • Juan Luis Toro, Managing Director BANK OF AMERICA
  • Marielena A. Villamil, President and CEO THE WASHINGTON ECONOMICS GROUP, INC.
  • Irene White, Senior Director of Miami-Dade External Affairs and Corporate Emergency Outreach FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT