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Robin Finegan to Lead Colorado-Wyoming Volunteer Efforts

Volunteerism is at the core of what makes our communities great.

DENVER, March 20, 2015— The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that it has hired Robin Finegan to serve as Volunteer Services Officer for the Red Cross Colorado  & Wyoming Region. Finegan will lead the region’s efforts to recruit, engage and retain the more than 2,000 local volunteers who prepare for and respond to disasters, train and educate the public, serve members of the military and support the mission of the Red Cross.
Finegan was appointed by President Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VIII from 2010-2013 and has more than 25 years of experience in disaster response and victim services.

“I’ve always admired and been amazed by Robin’s ability to build relationships that benefit her organization and the community at large. Having a leader of this caliber join our executive team is very exciting,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “Volunteerism in the Red Cross is a foundation of our work.  Robin’s experience in, passion for and knowledge of our important work will cement a critical strategy between our volunteer and employee workforce so that we are there to alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies.”

Prior to joining the Red Cross as an employee, Finegan served on the Board of Directors of the Red Cross Mile High Chapter and volunteered on the Colorado & Wyoming Regional Volunteer Leadership Committee.

"Robin's passion and background has been an incredible asset to our board, and we are thrilled to have her join the staff where our region will benefit even more from her expertise," said Ruth Rohs, Chair of the Red Cross Mile High Chapter Board of Directors.

“Volunteerism is at the core of what makes our communities great and I am honored to support the critical work of the Red Cross organization and the incredible volunteers that serve our community each and every day,” Finegan said.

In her last position, Finegan served as Regional Director of Emergency Management for a private Engineering Transportation firm.  As FEMA Regional Administrator, Finegan provided executive leadership of the Regional office and served as the focal point through which all programs and operational decisions were made. She supported State and Tribal governments during more than 50 Presidential disaster declarations, including the long-term flooding recovery effort in Minot, ND. 

Finegan provided consultation and direct services following many of our nation’s largest disasters, including the Oklahoma City bombing, September 11, the Columbine and Aurora shootings, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. In 1997, Finegan served as Co-Director and Public Information Officer for the community-based organization that coordinated agencies and resources for survivors and victims’ family members of the Oklahoma City bombing as they attended the bombing trials in Denver. Utilizing this innovative model, she provides training on issues related to victims of mass disasters, including the Pan Am Flight 103 trial in The Hague. 

Finegan holds a Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling for the Hearing Impaired from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and a Masters Degree in Non-profit Management from Regis University in Denver. 

As a subject matter expert and mentor in the areas of crisis management, disaster recovery, victim services and public information, she consults with community stakeholders, policy makers, and emergency personnel. Finegan has developed numerous training curricula, guidebooks, and manuals related to crisis management, large-scale disasters, school violence as well as working with the media. 
 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 visit us on Twitter at @redcrossdenver.