Rosie Taravella, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross, Western and Central NY Region, is proud to announce the appointment of Chuck Marra as the Executive Director of the Western New York Chapter. Marra first joined the organization in June as Chief Development Officer.
“I am excited to engage the Western New York community in my new role,” Marra said. “That means providing the leadership to raise the needed financial resources and assuring the community of our commitment to deliver our core services with the same timeliness and quality they’ve come to expect from the American Red Cross.”
A graduate of Niagara University, Marra served as Director of Appeal Operations and Director of Advancement for Catholic Charities of Buffalo from 2012-2014. Previously, Marra was Major Gifts Officer at the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
“Chuck’s experience and relationships across Western New York will help the American Red Cross continue our mission of helping our neighbors in need,” said Taravella. “His knowledge of the non-profit sector will help add an even deeper connection to those in the Western New York community, and I look forward to working with Chuck, his staff and volunteers to support this wonderful part of our state.”
As Executive Director of the Western New York Chapter, Marra will oversee Red Cross services in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. In the twelve month period between July 2013-June 2014, those services included: providing direct assistance to 625 families following 383 fires and other disasters; teaching 18,620 people life-saving Health & Safety skills such as CPR and First Aid; opening 403 cases to help members of our military and their families; and helping collect 48,296 blood donations.
The Red Cross is looking to build upon its strong corps of 871 volunteers to ensure it can continue to serve the needs of the Western New York community. Anyone interested in opportunities to help their neighbors can learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Taravella, currently Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New York, will now be working with Chapter staff and volunteers across the 26-county Western and Central NY Region. A Western New York native who attended Nazareth College, Taravella will work to increase both the number of people the Red Cross serves and the resources available to them by shifting donor dollars from costs associated with delivering service to the actual services themselves.
“I am particularly excited to be a part of the Red Cross mission in these great Western New York communities,” Taravella said. “Having been born in Dansville, I have always felt an extra connection to Clara Barton, since she opened the first Red Cross Chapter there. I am delighted to renew friendships and assure Red Cross services in Western New York.”