Red Cross Nashville Staff Joel Sullivan

Joel Sullivan

Regional Chief Executive Officer

(615) 250-4255 -

Responsible for providing strategic direction and support of all regional activities within nine chapters and sixty-two counties. Holds direct fiduciary, leadership and national performance monitoring accountability for the Nashville Area Chapter and eight community Chapters.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Greg King

Greg King

Regional COO

(615) 631-6444 -

Directs, administers and coordinated the region’s organizational and business activities to ensure goals and priorities established by the RCEO are met. Supervises in-state business operations staff and serves as primary point of contact for HR, Finance and Admin, IT and OGC.


Sarah Basel

Sarah Basel

Regional Director of Communications

(615) 250-4285 -

As the Director of Communications, Sarah manages messaging and provides strategic communications oversight and responsibility for the Nashville Area and Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross. Working together with leadership and staff members, Sarah manages communications efforts to provide accurate information to the media and public about the American Red Cross in Tennessee. Please contact Sarah for media inquiries and opportunities.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Devry Dennis

Devry Dennis

Regional Communications and Marketing Program Manager

(615) 250-4326 -

Coordinates social media and blog for Tennessee Region. Responsible for 8 e-newsletters. Aids in sending media releases. Edits and produces videos for YouTube channel. Develops email communications. Creates marketing materials for events and promotions. Assists with various communications and marketing activities throughout the region.

Disaster Cycle Services

Red Cross Nashville Staff David Kitchen

David Kitchen

Chief Emergency Programs Officer

(615) 250-4316 -

Serves as department head for Disaster Cycle Services. Throughout the Tennessee Volunteer Region, is responsible for all aspects of DCS; programs, staff, administration, relationship management, and disaster relief operations. Ensures the efficient and timely delivery of all services while mentoring and coaching staff and volunteers. Serves during times of disaster in an operational leadership role for any scale of disaster. Participates in a leadership role on larger operations regionally, division or nationwide. Works at the state level as State Relations Disaster Liaison.

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Gage Cobb

Disaster Program Manager

(615) 250-4256 -

Red Cross Nashville Staff Bobby Young

Bobby Young

Disaster Program Specialist

(615) 250-4296 -

Responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in the Nashville Area Chapter Territory, while also working as a part of the Volunteer Region. Leads and manages a volunteer team. Responsible for the implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in the local area. Ensures the development of Disaster Leadership Volunteers in each of the program support functional areas of the disaster cycle in order to meet the needs of the territory, region, state and division.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Jennifer Robins

Jennifer Robins

Regional Manager, Disaster Workforce Engagement

(615) 250-4294 -

Responsible for leading and managing a volunteer team to support and provide Disaster Workforce engagement in the Volunteer Region. Serves as one of two DWE functional expert leads within the Region; tasked with supporting the disaster workforce. Tailors national program offerings for the Region and communities, provides technical expertise, training, and leads regional implementation of Disaster Workforce priorities. Continually works to build response and workforce capacity in the local community for the disaster cycle, while also performing remote team building.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Chris Robins

Chris Robins

Regional Manager II, Direct Services Support

(615) 250-4292 -

Responsible for leading and managing both volunteers and paid staff; efforts are focused on providing support to Mass Care, Logistics and Recovery programs. Serves as the lead functional expert in these same areas. Tailors national program offerings for the Region and communities within the Region, while providing technical expertise and training. Leads regional implementation of Mass Care, Logistics and Recovery.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Andrew Perlman

Andrew Perlman

Regional Manager, Mass Care and Logistics

(615) 250-4275 -

Responsible for leading and managing teams that support and provide Mass Care and Logistics in the State of Tennessee. Serves as the lead functional expert for the Mass Care and Logistics functions that include general population sheltering and feeding operations, bulk distribution of recovery items and the family reunification system known as “Safe and Well”. Ensures functional needs shelter requirements are identified, resourced and met. Serves as SME and provides oversight for the Mass Care role that the Red Cross plays at both the local level as well as in the co-lead role of ESF-6 within the National Response Framework. Tailors national program offerings for the State and communities within the State, providing technical expertise, training and leading implementation of Mass Care and Logistics.

Volunteer Services

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Erin Baker

Volunteer Specialist

Red Cross Nashville Staff Sherry Ricketts

Sherry Ricketts

Volunteer Specialist

(615) 250-4293 -

Recruits, processes, on-boards and assists new volunteers for Nashville Area Chapter.


Red Cross Nashville Staff Wendy Buntin

Wendy Buntin

Regional Chief Development Officer

(615) 250-4283 -

The RCDO is responsible for developing funding growth and reaching assigned revenue targets while fostering a culture of philanthropy throughout the Region. Provide leadership, professional guidance, technical assistance, and training to volunteers and paid staff. Manages and coordinates volunteer committees, vendor support, event communications and donor follow-up and recognition. This position is also responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, corporations, and foundations with the capacity to make major gifts. The chief development officer's primary role is to develop and implement the organization's funding growth strategy; Identifying and addressing development issues; and evaluating internal operating procedures that support development.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Brenda Black

Brenda Black

Senior Director of Development

(615) 250-4298 -

As Senior Director of Philanthropy, Brenda identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective donors, in expanding their financial support of the work of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Nashville Staff Mandy Peebles

Mandy Peebles

Senior Major Gift Officer

(615) 250-4268 -

Serves as Senior Major Gift Officer with a focus on identification, cultivation and stewardship of individual major donors who are willing to invest in the Red Cross’ core services. Works as Staff Liaison to the Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a network of women philanthropists whose mission is to raise money in order to help our community prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters. Coordinates the Annual Lifesaver Breakfast, the chapter’s largest and highly visible fundraising event.

John Lanier Corporate Major Gift Officer

John Lanier

Corporate Major Gift Officer

(615) 250-4264 -

As Corporate Major Gift Officer, John identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective corporate donors, in expanding their financial support of the work of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Staff Jitka Pilar

Jitka Hrbkova Pilar

Development Associate

(615) 250-4288 -

Responsible for financial donations and donor acknowledgement and assists with special events and donor stewardship.

Flint Clouse

Flint Clouse

Grants/Foundation Specialist

(615) 653-3625 -

As the Grants/Foundations Specialist serving Louisiana and Tennessee, Flint supports the preparation, submission and management of grant proposals. From prospect research to final reports, Flint partners with the Red Cross team to match funding opportunities to our organizational strategies and to enhance our donor relationships.

Jennifer Drewniany

Jennifer Drewniany

Development Specialist

Service to the Armed Forces

Red Cross Nashville Staff Rebekah Brummett

Rebekah Brummett

Regional Service to the Armed Forces Lead

(615) 250-4289 -

Service to the Armed Forces Region Lead oversees the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program for the Tennessee Volunteer Region and the Nashville Area Chapter. SAF Region Lead ensures the program remains responsive to the needs of the military and veteran community by delivering SAF core services and providing outreach to military families throughout the region.

Preparedness, Health and Safety Services

Red Cross Nashville Staff Maeella Smith

Maeella Smith

Sales Administrative Coordinator

(615) 250-4270 -

Administrative support for the PHSS Sales Department of TN/KY/IN.

IT Services

Red Cross Nashville Ashley Whitaker

Ashley Whittaker

IT Area Manager

(615) 250-4321 -

IT manager within Division 5 supporting the state of Tennessee.


Red Cross Nashville Staff Mark Evans

Mark Evans

FPPG Finance Director

(615) 250-4284 -

Finance director of group that handles all financial information for United Way and corporate/foundation grant applications for entire chapter network.