American Red Cross serving the Hill Country of TX

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Welcome to the American Red Cross serving the Hill Country of TX

The Hill Country Chapter was chartered on December 31, 1917, as the Kerr County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Initially the chapter was located in the basement of the County Courthouse in downtown Kerrville.

On November 1, 1993, the chapter took its present name as a result of merger of the Kerr, Gillespie, and Blanco county chapters. A few years later, Kimble, Mason, Menard, and Sutton counties were added to the chapter’s service area. In July of 2011, the chapter joined the Central Texas Region and added Crockett County to its service area.

A Brief History

The history of the Hill Country Chapter parallels the calamities and disasters that have befallen the area. Hurricanes, floods, explosions, fires and the effects of war on local residents are backdrops to our story.
  • 2011
    Hill Country Chapter joins Central Texas Region
  • 1996
    Chapter purchases current located due to a generous bequest from two sisters, Lillian Grace Sutton and Ruby Sutton Young.
  • 1993
    Hill Country Chapter Formed as chapters for Kerr, Gillespie and Blanco counties come together
  • 1917
    Kerr County Chapter Chartered


Red Cross Central Texas Jacques DuBose

Jacques DuBose, Executive Director, Hill Country Chapter

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.

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.

Central Texas - Leadership - Alex Villa

Alex Villa, 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.

katie braymer

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 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.

Reihaneh Hajibeigi, Volunteer Services Officer

Reihaneh Hajibeigi, 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.

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.