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Red Cross Hires Executive Director for Southwest Colorado Chapter

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We have some great volunteers working with us now but we need more.

Durango, CO – April 9, 2014 – The American Red Cross of Colorado is pleased to announce the hiring of Colleen Johnson as the Executive Director for the Southwest Colorado Chapter.

Johnson comes to Colorado from Highland, MI and brings along extensive experience in humanitarian services both nationally and internationally. She was inspired to work in nonprofit humanitarian services in college while working with Habitat for Humanity. After graduation she moved on to work for GreaterWorks and YouthWorks, two organizations that assist and mobilize volunteers to serve local communities.

Over the past decade, Johnson has spent time teaching and volunteering in Beijing, China and Suwon, South Korea. Recently she completed five weeks of volunteerism with Huruma Children’s Home in Kenya where she taught and cared for 180 orphans. “All of these experiences intensified my longing to pursue humanitarian work,” Johnson said.

As the Executive Director for the Southwest Colorado Chapter, Johnson will have responsibility for Red Cross activities in southwest Colorado. The Chapter territory covers Colorado counties of Delores, San Juan, Montezuma, Archuleta and La Plata and includes the cities of Durango, Pagosa Springs and Cortez. She will serve as the Red Cross liaison with local government, as well as, a variety of organizations that partner with the Red Cross.

Johnson has some important goals for the Southwest Colorado Chapter. First on her list is to enhance the Chapter’s ability to respond to disasters, big and small. To do that, Johnson knows she is going to need help. “I am really going to get out there and try to recruit volunteers,” Johnson said. “We have some great volunteers working with us now but we need more.” Once recruited Johnson has an ambitious plan to provide the skills and equipment they will need to continue the tradition of service to the people of Southwest Colorado.

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 join our blog at