American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas

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Welcome to the American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas

The American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas has been delivering its humanitarian mission since 1916. The chapter has two office locations, located in Waco and Bryan/College Station, and hundreds of volunteers spread throughout the area to serve the chapter's 16 county area. Everyday our volunteers provide hope and comfort to our neighbors in crises.

The American Red Cross belongs to the American people, and our strength depends on the support we receive from you. We invite you to join us. We need your time, talent and treasure to provide disaster relief, health and safety training, and service to the Armed Forces everyday in Texas.

Leadership

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Amy Grace, Executive Director

Amy Grace is a native Texan, originating from Bell county, and brings a strong background in organizational development, leadership development and human resources. Her experience includes positions as Executive Director of the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity and Chief Growth Officer for Northwestern Mutual. Her professional and personal background, combined with her lifelong commitment to helping and serving people makes her a great fit for the Heart of Texas chapter of the American Red Cross. Amy lives with her daughter and two rescue dogs in Bell County.

Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer

Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer

Marty has been with the Red Cross for more than a decade. First as a volunteer, then as a staff member, she has served a wide range of roles including Disaster Responder, Public Information Officer, member of the Board of Directors, Chief Marketing Officer and now Regional CEO. She has responded to every type of disaster from single family fires to major events like hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Marty taught public school and owned a small business.


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Katie Braymer, Regional Disaster Program Officer

Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas and began her career with the Red in 2009 as an Emergency Services intern in the Chisholm Trail Chapter in Fort Worth, TX. Katie has worked her way up through Disaster Cycle Services and across the state of Texas. She has deployed to more than 15 national disaster relief operations including tornadoes in Mississippi, the 2011 Bastrop Wildfire, Hurricane Sandy, the West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion, and the 2014 Washington Wildfires. Katie has most recently served in leadership roles during the 2013 Halloween Floods in Central, TX, 2015 Texas Memorial Day Floods and the Fall 2015 Halloween Floods. Katie is a Fort Worth native and proud to now call Austin her home.


Red Cross Central Texas Debra Murphy-Luera

Debra Murphy-Luera, Regional Chief Administrative Officer

Debra has served in a variety of capacities within the American Red Cross for more than 15 years. Prior to being appointed Chief Administrative Officer, Debra served as Interim Regional Chapter Executive, Regional Support Manager of the Corpus Christi Region; Chapter Solutions Manager for the Southwest Service Area and Executive Director of the Webb County Chapter. Prior to her service with the American Red Cross, Debra spent more than twenty years in the broadcasting industry. Debra earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University. A native of Wyoming, Debra currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas and is married with three step-children and four step-grandchildren.


Red Cross Central Texas Debbie Immel

Debbie Immel, Regional Chief Development Officer

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.


Red Cross Central Texas Bristel Minsker

Bristel Minsker, Regional Communications Director

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.


Red Cross Central Texas Frank French

Frank French, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) is central to the mission of the American Red Cross. In his role, Frank overseas SAF staff and volunteers in Central & South Texas (CSTR) in providing emergency messages, outreach programs, financial assistance, and other support to our military service members, veterans at their families. Frank also overseas International Social Services in CSTR, including Restoring Family Links, a free international family tracing service. Before joining the Red Cross, Frank was a Battalion Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army.