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TN American Red Cross Announces New Hires

The changes will better equip the Region to respond to disasters and play a greater role in assisting with recovery.

The Tennessee Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross is announcing some recent additions to their staff. Having recently undergone a restructuring of the Disaster Cycle Services Department, the entire Tennessee Volunteer Region is now better equipped to prepare individuals and communities for disasters. Additionally, the changes will better equip the Region to respond to disasters and play a greater role in assisting with recovery.

Tonie Reynolds has been promoted to serve as the Disaster Workforce Engagement, Regional Manager; located in Memphis with the Mid-South Chapter. Previously, she served as the Disaster Program Manager for the Natchez Trace Chapter headquartered in Franklin. Prior to that, she served as a volunteer, deploying to numerous large-scale National Disaster Relief Operations including Hurricane Sandy.

Other new positions include Mass Care, Regional Manager and Recovery, Regional Manager, both of which will work out of the Nashville Area Chapter Office. The Mass Care position has been filled by Andy Perlman, who comes to the Red Cross with an extensive Emergency Services background, as well as an extensive background working in the nonprofit arena. The Recovery position has been filled by Rick Loyd, who previously served as a long-time volunteer in this area. Rick has served in many large-scale National Disaster Relief Operations. Before beginning to volunteer with the Red Cross, he had an impressive career with the FBI.

Both the Mass Care and Recovery roles, as well as additional roles, will be managed by the newly promoted Direct Support Services Manager II, Chris Robins. Chris previously served as the Logistics/Planning and Response Manager at the Nashville Area Chapter.

“Chris’ leadership will be a key component to our success moving forward. He has an extremely impressive knowledge base and skill set; a great addition to the overall management team,” said David Kitchen, Regional Disaster Program Manager.

The last new position is the Disaster Program Manager assigned to the Nashville Area Chapter. This position will be responsible for 8 counties that make up the Nashville Area Chapter territory including Cheatham, Davidson, Macon, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson Counties. This role has been filled by Bobby Young. Bobby was a long-time volunteer, most recently serving as the Volunteer Counterpart to the Chief Emergency Services Officer and serving as the Volunteer Lead for Government Operations, specializing in staffing the Tennessee State Emergency Operations Center. Prior to volunteering for the Red Cross, he was employed by TVA.

“I have never seen such an impressive team of individuals join this organization at the same time! Those whom they serve in the Volunteer Region and throughout the Nation are truly lucky to have the assistance of individuals of their caliber!” said David Kitchen, Regional Disaster Program Officer.

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 @RedCross.