Two new Emergency Service Directors joined the Minn-Kota Region staff this spring. Charlie Allen has taken over duties in the northwest district and Sean Coffman oversees the southeast district of the region. Allen will be joining the team in Minot while Coffman will have an office in Fargo.
“We are excited about both Sean and Charlie joining our staff,” Regional CEO Randy Johnson said. “They both had experience in Disaster Service in western North Dakota during the floods of 2011, and have brought a wealth of knowledge to the region.”
Allen, a native of Pensacola, Florida, comes to the area after serving in the American Red Cross Chapter of Greater Los Angeles where he taught First-Aid and CPR courses. Allen was also the Red Cross Youth Club advisor.
Prior to the American Red Cross, Allen worked as a substitute teacher in Escambia County in Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of West Florida. He and his wife Lucianna and daughter Arianna, will reside in Minot.
“I am honored to continue my career with the Minn-Kota Region of the American Red Cross,” Allen said. “This is a line of work where I wake up every morning thankful for what I have and how I can help by living out the Red Cross mission.”
Like Allen, Coffman has a Red Cross background. He came to the Minn-Kota Region from the Red Cross in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he was responsible for the coordination and delivery of all services and programs for Preparedness, Health and Safety Services. Prior to that, Coffman was a Community Disaster Education and Disaster Response trainer for the Red Cross in London, Ohio.
“Disaster relief has become a passion for me,” Coffman said. “I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life, and made the decision to return that good fortune to the community. The Red Cross provides a wonderful opportunity for me to do just that.”
Prior to working with the Red Cross, Coffman was the Vice President of Creative Services for Mandalay Baseball Properties, where he administered and implemented marketing and advertising for sixteen professional and minor league sports franchises. Coffman has a long list of volunteering, from the Red Cross to being a volunteer firefighter to serving on various boards and committees.