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Tempie Thompson named Executive Director of the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter

East Greenwich resident takes on new role with Red Cross


PROVIDENCE, RI (September 14, 2015) — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Tempie Thompson as executive director.

Tempie’s career with the Red Cross began 20 years ago as a volunteer. After several years, she accepted a full time staff position in Massachusetts. Most recently, Tempie served as the Volunteer Partner to regional leadership. As Volunteer Partner, Tempie worked side-by-side with Rhode Island leadership and advised on high-level strategy for the overall operations of the local Chapter.

“We are excited to welcome Tempie Thompson as the executive director for Rhode Island,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Tempie’s long career with the Red Cross in both volunteer and staff positions, will allow her to bring a unique perspective to our region.”

As Executive Director, Tempie is actively involved in the planning and celebration of the RI Red Cross Chapter Centennial, which starts this October and lasts throughout the year.  In addition, she will focus on continuing the development of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign within the region. Launched nationwide this campaign is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries due to fire. The Home Fire Campaign offers free smoke alarm installations to Rhode Island residents. 

“The Red Cross is in my DNA,” said Tempie. “The Red Cross in Rhode Island has deep roots in the community and I am excited to be here, not only to celebrate our centennial but to also continue to strengthen our presence in the community.”

Tempie has had a successful career in non-profit management, serving in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community relations, and is service-minded at heart. Her passion to make a difference by volunteering began in 1988, when she and two friends founded Ride for the Rainforest, a bicycle expedition spanning 3,600 miles across equatorial Africa to raise funds and awareness to the devastation of the rainforest.

“The Red Cross is a dynamic organization and I am thrilled to support the mission and continue to make a positive impact in the community,” said Tempie. “The Red Cross is there when people need them and we will continue to be there. I am dedicated to continuing and expanding the presence of the Red Cross in the great state of Rhode Island.”

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 @CTRedCross.