Leadership

Leadership

Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer, Central and South Texas Region, Marty McKellips

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.


Heart Of Texas Executive Director, CIndy

Heart of Texas Chapter Executive Director, Cyndi Dahl

Cyndi is originally from Oregon and has spent many years as a Red Cross volunteer, supporting Service to the Armed Forces and Blood Services. She has been serving the Red Cross for the last two years as the Executive Director in Bend, Oregon, and prior to that was in the role of Volunteer Services Specialist. She brings forth many years of experience in community relations, board and volunteer management. Cyndi brings a deep appreciation for the Red Cross, dedication to our volunteers, and a love for Texas to the Executive Director position.


Tracy Austin, Executive Director, Permian Basin Chapter

Permian Basin Chapter Executive Director, Tracy Austin

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.


Red Cross Central Texas Jacques DuBose

Hill Country Chapter Executive Director, Jacques DuBose

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 Villa, Regional Chief Operating Officer

Alex Villa, Regional Chief Operating Officer

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 Cummins, Regional Disaster Officer

Andrew Lopez, Regional Disaster Officer

Although Andrew originally hails from Kansas City, he fell in love with Texas and has called San Antonio home since 2001. He is a veteran of the conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan and came to the American Red Cross following a career as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Andrew has been with the Central and South Texas Region of the American Red Cross since January 2017 and served as the Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager prior to his current role as the Regional Disaster Officer. He has a BA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an MBA from Baker University and years of experience in organizational design and team building. Andrew feels very fortunate to have inherited such an incredible group of Disaster Cycle Services staff and volunteers and is most excited about sharing future experiences and growing with the team.


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Sunny Howard, Regional Chief Development Officer

Sunny discovered her passion for disaster relief during the Memorial Day Floods of 2015, when she became a spontaneous shelter volunteer at Wimberley High School. A short time later, she joined the American Red Cross as a Major Gifts Officer and has been a leading fundraiser for the organization ever since. She was promoted to Regional Chief Development Officer in 2017. Her prior experience includes fundraising for the Texas Historical Commission and business-to-business sales for Enterprise Rent-a-Car.


Reihaneh Hajibeigi, Regional Volunteer Services Officer

Reihaneh Hajibeigi, Regional Volunteer Services Officer

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.


Interim Services to Armed Forces Director, Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director

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.