Katrina Farmer’s introduction to the American Red Cross came over 30 years ago when she become a certified lifeguard through Red Cross in order to apply for a summer camp job.
Ever since then, Katrina has dedicated her life to serving others and teaching skills and programs to citizens that build a strong foundation in any community.
Her professional career began with the Girl Scout organization, where she served for 13 years and became the Chief Operating Officer. In 2009, Katrina relocated to Wichita Falls to begin working as the chapter’s executive director.
Each and every day, Katrina feels privileged to continue her life’s passion that all began in a swimming pool 30 years ago. Today, she works with community members, donors and volunteers to strengthen their foundation by helping them prepare and respond to disasters in the Wichita Falls area.
Katrina graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Brian Moeschler is the Regional Chief Operating Officer of the American Red Cross North Texas Region.
Prior to starting his current position in September 2017, Moeschler served the organization in many capacities, supporting Humanitarian Services, Service to the Armed Forces, International Services and Disaster Services.
He has also led business operations in support of real estate planning and project and corporate initiative design, implementation and analysis.
Moeschler earned a bachelor degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master of science in emergency management from Millersville University (Pennsylvania).
Moeschler will use his wealth of knowledge and decade of Red Cross experience to bring leadership and passion to the North Texas Region.
Celisa Alston joined the Red Cross in 2015 and, after starting as a volunteer coordinator, has been promoted twice and filled her current role in the winter of 2016. Alston is responsible for overall planning, recruitment and retention strategy for the Red Cross North Texas volunteer workforce spanning 121 counties across North Texas.
Alston holds a bachelor of science in early childhood education from Mercer University and has spent her entire career in service to others starting as an educator with Head Start and later serving as the executive director of Omosaze, an agency dedicated to delivering remedial reading instruction to low-income students. She later served as assistant director of development for the Georgia Ballet prior to moving to Texas.
- Walter Lambert, Board Chair
- Steve Beard
- Betty Clark
- Woody Gossom
- David Lepchitz
- James Irl Montgomery
- Jennifer Nash
- Bob Thomas
- Rod Waldrop
Texas Big Country, San Angelo Board
- Joanna Alexander, Board Chair
- Bill Blagg
- Gene Deason
- Judy Sikes
- Doyle Carter