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McCluskey Named Executive Director

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Rosie Taravella, American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Regional CEO, is proud to announce the appointment of Carlos McCluskey as Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Chapter. Carlos has been working with the American Red Cross for nearly two years in the nearby Southern Tier Chapter as Tompkins County Manager and Major Gift Officer.

“I am thrilled to have someone with Carlos’ skills and experience leading our Finger Lakes Chapter,” Taravella said. “I know he will help ensure the Red Cross will continue to be a vital presence in this community.”

“I was raised with and always felt a moral obligation to be active in the community where I live and work,” McCluskey said. “I am excited to be a part of an organization with a great history and tradition of helping those in need and is at the forefront of alleviating human suffering.”

McCluskey started with the American Red Cross as Tompkins County Manager in November 2013 and was named Major Gift Officer one year later. McCluskey was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and moved to Florida in 1995. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., in 2005 with Criminology and Criminal Justice degrees. He played soccer at the school and served as an assistant coach for the men’s team for three seasons.

McCluskey and his wife, Justine Petry McCluskey, have one child. They reside in Cayuga Heights. McCluskey is a firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department.

As Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Chapter, McCluskey will oversee Red Cross services in Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties. In the 12-month period between July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015, those services included: providing direct assistance to 124 families following 78 fires and other disasters; teaching 6,035 life-saving Health & Safety skills such as CPR and First Aid; installing 156 free smoke alarms in area residences; opening 86 cases to help members of our military and their families; and helping collect 16,819 blood donations.