The American Red Cross Serving Central and South Texas today announced two new members of its regional leadership team. Alex Villa is the new Regional Chief Operating Officer and Reihaneh Hajibeigi is the new Regional Volunteer Services Officer. Both Villa and Hajibeigi will support an 80-county region of the American Red Cross, spanning the Austin, San Antonio, Waco, College Station, Laredo and Midland metro areas.
“These two will make excellent additions to our leadership team, and their impact is already being seen in positive ways across our region,” said Marty McKellips, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Serving Central & South Texas. “They are both mission-driven, results-oriented and bring a breadth of experience that will lend itself to innovation.”
Alex Villa has been with the American Red Cross for more than six years and has worked in nearly every line of service, including Health & Safety, Disaster Preparedness, Service to the Armed Forces, Communications and Volunteer Services. Most recently he served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the Central California Region. Villa is also responsible for the development and implementation of the Home Fire Program, which has resulted in the installation of more than 320,000 smoke alarms across the country and at least 102 lives saved.
“In my time at the Red Cross, I’ve been lucky enough to deliver upon our mission in various ways. I look forward to taking those experiences and building an even stronger operational foundation for the Central & South Texas region—one that fosters employee and volunteer engagement, supports professional development for our staff and galvanizes our ability to support our community as a whole,” Villa said.
Reihaneh Hajibeigi began her Red Cross career nearly a decade ago, when she was a founding member of the Red Cross Club at her high school and then served as Vice President of the Red Cross Club at the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, she helmed the International Services program in the Central & South Texas Region, utilizing volunteers in new and innovative ways to serve our refugee communities and reconnect families separated by international conflict or crises.
“I am humbled everyday by the dedication, selflessness and talent exhibited by Red Cross volunteers,” Hajibeigi said. “I look forward to bridging all lines of service across our expansive geography to help make the volunteer workforce more engaged, efficient and celebrated.”
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.