The American Red Cross welcomes Keith Rhodes as the Chief Executive Officer for the North Texas Region. Beginning his Red Cross career in May 2016, Rhodes emerged as the perfect choice to enhance the Red Cross mission across its 121 Texas counties.
Rhodes says his first duty is to meet with his team, board members and key stakeholders to gain their support and garner insights. When asked about his initial emphasis, Rhodes noted that aside from disaster response, raising public awareness about how the organization supports United States military members and their families is paramount. “As service members return home from Iraq and Afghanistan in increasing numbers, it’s critical that they know how to access the American Red Cross for assistance. I’ll be working with community leaders to ensure that we’re raising adequate funds and providing as many programs as we can for all of our lines of service, including our support to military families”.
Currently, the North Texas Region has an annual fundraising goal of $9.4 million. Rhodes believes that goal is not only achievable, but can be significantly surpassed. “The more people we can talk to about this incredible mission, the more confident I am that our community will support our critical work.”
For 26 years, he made life’s mission to support our nation’s youth, especially those at highest risk for dropping out of school, using drugs or ending up homeless.
Born and raised the son of a state trooper in rural Alaska, Rhodes followed his athletic dreams to Grambling State University in Louisiana where he excelled as a student athlete. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he entered graduate school at Grambling where he obtained a Master’s of Science in Criminology.
“I couldn’t be more excited to hit the ground running,” said Rhodes. “I’m proud to wear the brand of such an iconic global organization”.
Rhodes is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Rotary International. He also supports Second Harvest Food Bank, Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Board of Directors of North Texas LEAD. Rhodes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosemary Mote turned a job she needed after graduating with degree in social work into one of the most well-respected careers in the American Red Cross.
Driven by a commitment to ensure every disaster victim, military family member or displaced loved one gets quality attention, no matter if it is day or night, rain or shine, Mote oversees all details of the Emergency Services department including Disaster, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services.
Her career started 27 years ago when she served in her first role as a caseworker with the organization and through seven promotions, she has operated with the client at the forefront of her mind.
Mote has served on numerous disaster operations including Hurricane Andrew, North Dakota floods in 1997, Oklahoma tornadoes in 1999, downtown Fort Worth tornadoes and the events of September 11 in New York City. In addition to deployments, she led the local efforts to shelter thousands of evacuees during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.
Rosemary Mote is a graduate of the University of North Texas Denton.
Anita Foster is the Chief Communications Officer for the American Red Cross North Texas Region. She started her career as a disaster response volunteer in 1996 and became a paid staff member two years later. Today, she works alongside three paid staffers and 70 professional communications volunteers to support Red Cross efforts nationwide.
Foster has responded to countless large-scale disasters across America. Most recently, she led the statewide public affairs effort in response to the spring tornadoes and floods in Texas. She also led efforts for the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and Superstorm Sandy from Long Island, New York.
A few of Foster’s other notable disaster responses include Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; the Wedgwood Baptist Church shootings, the 2011 Alabama tornado outbreak and the events of September 11 in New York City.
On top of responding to disasters, Foster sets the communications and digital media strategies for the region. Her social media program was recognized by the White House in September of 2012, highlighting how local agencies can save lives in the digital space.
Foster is a graduate of UT Arlington and makes her home in Arlington, Texas with her cat, Ladybird.
Ariane Einecker is the Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross North Texas Region. She assumed this role in August of 2014, having previously served as the Director of Major Gifts and Deputy Chief Development Officer. She joined the Red Cross team in November of 2012.
In her tenure with the Red Cross, Einecker is particularly proud of the work that she and her team are doing to build partnerships with new donors, exposing them to the vital work of the Red Cross.
Einecker serves as the Governance Committee Chair on the board of directors for Family Gateway. She is an active member of the Dallas Junior League, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is an alumnus of Leadership North Texas.
Einecker is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and makes her home in Frisco, Texas with her husband, Bill and English Mastiffs, Walter and Otis.
Stacey Wood serves as the Regional Chief Administration Officer for the American Red Cross North Texas Region, leading the team in strategic decision making and operations for optimal performance and service delivery relative to the American Red Cross mission. Wood also is responsible for managing the 130+ fleet across the region.
On a monthly basis Wood forecasts expenses and budgets for the region and ensuring financial grant compliance, diligently establishing the accountability of budget performance. Currently, Wood is spearheading the region-wide real estate strategy and overseeing any construction, renovation and improvements for ARC facilities.
Wood attended the University of Missouri and received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology. After, she enrolled at the University of Nevada and acquired her CPA in the fall of 1990. She and her family make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Susie Spartano, SPHR serves as the Regional Director of Volunteer Services with the American Red Cross North Texas Region with responsibility for overall planning, recruitment and retention strategy for the Red Cross’ volunteer workforce spanning 121 counties across North Texas. During times of disaster she is a Supervisor in the Staff Relations function within the Disaster Responder network.
Previously, she served as the Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Management at the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross with full responsibility for directing the Human Resource and the Volunteer Management function within the chapter’s 12 county jurisdiction.
She holds her Masters in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas.
She served 4 years on the Diversity Committee with Dallas HR, the local SHRM affiliate as the Chair of the Publicity and Outreach Committee.
Notable is her 20 years of people management and her 15 years of service to the American Red Cross during which she aided in the relief to victims of 9/11, Katrina, Gustav/Ike and several other disaster relief operations.