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Local American Red Cross CEO Announces Retirement after Four Decades of Service

After nearly four decades with The American Red Cross, Frank L. Miller, Jr., Regional Executive of the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region announced his planned retirement effective October 26, 2012.

Mr. Miller began his career with the Red Cross in 1973 as the Division Representative for the Knoxville, Tennessee Chapter. He subsequently served as Regional Manager at Red Cross Eastern Operations Headquarters, was the Director of Financial Development for the Red Cross Eastern Field Office and has served in Chapter Management in Savannah, Georgia and Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Miller became the Executive Director of the Red Cross of Central Maryland in 1992 and has since then oversaw the chapter’s growth into the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.

He has served as a Disaster Fund Specialist on 15 national disaster relief operations including multiple tornadoes, the Appalachian Flood of 1977, the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake and Hurricane Andrew. In 2005 Mr. Miller served in an administrative role in Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure with the Red Cross, Mr. Miller has directly and indirectly improved the conditions of millions of Americans affected by disasters. His work has also saved countless lives through Red Cross preparedness training.

“The volunteers and staff are deeply committed to the Red Cross mission and it has been an honor to serve with them and be a part of this great organization,” Mr. Miller said. “I take great comfort in knowing that the work of the Red Cross will continue thanks to the people who support it by giving their time, their blood and their financial support.”

Joe Becker, Red Cross, Division Six Vice President, and The Red Cross Chesapeake Regional Board of Directors have named a Succession Committee to fill the position. At the request of the committee, Mr. Miller will assist with the transition.

More than twice a day the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides basic needs to Maryland families after disasters such as emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information or to donate, please visit our main page or Tweet us @RedCrossMD.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.