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American Red Cross Hires New Disaster Program Specialist

Palmetto SC Region - Disaster Program Specialist
Franca has been a dedicated volunteer and I am pleased that she will be joining our disaster services team full-time.

Spartanburg, S.C., March 15, 2016 – The American Red Cross of Upstate SC has named Franca Meloncelli as the disaster program specialist for Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union and Laurens counties in South Carolina. Meloncelli brings more than 15 years of experience to the Red Cross.

“I decided to join the Red Cross after seeing the devastation and human suffering from the earthquake in Haiti,” says Meloncelli. “I wanted to help the community and I embrace the Red Cross principals of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service and unity.”

As Disaster Program Specialist, Meloncelli is responsible for the implementation of the disaster services program in the Spartanburg area. In her role, she will be working closely with government and community partners and lead a team of volunteers responsible for the disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs.

Meloncelli initially joined the Red Cross in 2010 as a volunteer, where she served as a part of Disaster Services Team. She underwent extensive Disaster Service Training and received the Disaster Volunteer Award in 2013.

“Franca has been a dedicated volunteer and I am pleased that she will be joining our disaster services team full-time,” said Ann Wright, executive director for the American Red Cross in Upstate SC.

Originally from Milan, Italy, Meloncelli worked for United Health Care for three years. She has been a member of the Rotary Club since March 2010, serving as President of Spartan West, a member of the Board of Directors, Club Secretary and Assistant District Governor. In 2012, Meloncelli was awarded “Rotarian of the Year” and graduated from Rotary Leadership Institute.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.