Marty McKellips is a creative leader who has taken an unusual path to becoming an executive. She draws on past professional experiences as a public school teacher, live music advocate and a small business owner—along with her life experience as a 35-year Austinite—to find solutions where others might be afraid to look. She has been with the American Red Cross for more than a decade, first as a volunteer and then as a staff member. She has served in a wide range of roles with the Red Cross, including Disaster Responder, Public Information Officer, member of the Board of Directors, Chief Marketing Officer and now Regional Chief Executive Officer. In her current role, she oversees delivery of the Red Cross mission in 80-counties. She has responded to every type of disaster from single family fires to major events like hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In her free time, Marty enjoys live music, trying new restaurants, gardening, spending time with her husband and exploring the center of the universe.
A proud “native San Antonian,” Henry Van de Putte III has a long history of personal and professional public service experience. Henry served as the Director of Development at Central Catholic High School and as Director of Operations and Corporate Accounts at Dixie Flag in San Antonio. Previously, Henry was on the Corporate Communications and Outreach team for ESPN in New York. Henry has a proven ability to cultivate partners in the public and private sectors, excellent communication skills and focused planning to accomplish short- and long-term goals. He also has extensive experience in event planning and marketing. He is excited to be a part of the American Red Cross, and is eager to help fulfill our mission.
Tracy has held leadership roles it non-profits and community based organizations in the Permian Basin for more than 14 years. Her experience includes the Ellen Noël Art Museum, the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and Odessa College. Tracy joined the Red Cross as Executive Director in 2016, and she is thrilled to bring her passion for helping her community and working with volunteers to the position. She graduated from The University of Texas for the Permian Basin with a BA in Communication, and currently volunteers on the Heritage of Odessa Board of Directors and the Basin PBS Advisory Board. Tracy is married to River Austin and enjoys time with her fur-family, traveling, creating mixed media art and photography.
Jacques DuBose is a a veteran, businessman, community leader and longtime Hill Country resident. He has been a board member or volunteer leader for a variety of civic and charitable causes, including six years of service on the Boerne City Council and many years on the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. He developed his passion for public service and volunteerism during is Naval career, during which he held various volunteer leadership roles with charitable organizations serving the military and civilian communities. Jacques joined the Red Cross as Hill Country Executive Director in the summer of 2013, and he looks forward to continuing the organization's amazing work as the best small town chapter in the nation.
Alex has been with the American Red Cross for more than six years and has worked in nearly every line of service, including Health & Safety, Disaster Preparedness, Service to the Armed Forces, Communications and Volunteer Services. Most recently he served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the Central California Region. Before coming to the Red Cross, Alex worked for the City of Fresno, California where he specialized in Local Business Initiatives for the Office of the Mayor. He has deployed to multiple disaster response operations, including Superstorm Sandy, the Oso Mudslide and the California Wildfires. Alex is excited to bring his extensive knowledge and passion for the Red Cross--and his love of organization—to his new role as Chief Operating Officer. He is looking forward to building a culture of employee engagement and professional development for his colleagues across the Central & South Texas Region. When he’s not working, Alex loves h iking, concerts, wine tasting…and organization.
John has been with the American Red Cross since January of 2014. John was a Senior Disaster Program Manager in the North Texas Region prior to his current position as the Regional Disaster Officer for the Central and South Texas Region. Before his career with the American Red Cross, John served as a paramedic firefighter followed by seven years as a fire chief and emergency manager. With his “one for all and all for one” approach, John instills a sense of teamwork and camaraderie in all he does. During his time with the Red Cross, John helped the Lubbock team receive the Golden Smoke Alarm for a life saved after a smoke alarm installation event; and was asked by name to deploy to support Canadian Red Cross relief operations.
Debbie has more than six years of fundraising and public relations experience in the nonprofit arena, all with the American Red Cross. She managed fundraising efforts for the Central Texas Wildfires in Fall 2011 and she deployed to Alabama to assist in the relief and fundraising efforts as a result of dozens of tornadoes in the Spring of the same year. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing, where she worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years. She also possesses a strong background in financial development, communications, promotions and relationship building.
Reihaneh has been involved with the Red Cross in some capacity for nearly 10 years, beginning as a founding member of the Red Cross Club at her high school. She continued her Red Cross work serving as the Vice President of the Red Cross Club at UT Austin and as a Communication Intern in the Central Texas Chapter. Most recently, she oversaw the International Services program for the 80-county Central and South Texas Region, working to reconnect refugees and migrant families with their loved ones when separated by international conflict or disaster. It was in this position that she fell in love with Red Cross volunteers and found creative ways to cultivate and engage them. In her role as Volunteer Officer, she strives to bridge all lines of service across our expansive geography to help make the volunteer workforce stronger, more efficient and more celebrated.
Wade has been with the American Red Cross for 18 years, working directly with members of the U.S. military both at military bases in the United States and overseas. His deployments have included Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. In his role, Wade oversees Service to the Armed Forces staff and volunteers in Central & South Texas, providing emergency messages, outreach programs, financial assistance, and other support to our military service members, veterans at their families.
With more than seven years’ experience in communications and journalism, Bristel’s background includes agency public relations, corporate communications and broadcast journalism. She joined the Red Cross team in 2013 as the Communications Director and has led public affairs for the organization during local responses such as the 2013 Halloween Floods, the 2014 SXSW Crash and the 2014 Fort Hood shooting. Bristel is passionate about using traditional and digital media to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies in Central Texas. She is a California native, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and proud Texas transplant.