Carlos McCluskey has been named manager of the American Red Cross of Tompkins County, American Red Cross of the Southern Tier Community Executive Shelley Bierwiler announced today.
McCluskey’s duties include developing and maintaining community partnerships, recruiting and supervising the volunteers who provide Red Cross services, and promoting Red Cross services in Tompkins County. American Red Cross services include preparing the public for disasters, responding to disasters, offering health and safety classes, hosting blood drives, and providing emergency communication and assistance for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
“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 that’s at the forefront of alleviating human suffering and has such a great history and tradition of helping those in need.”
McCluskey will work daily at the American Red Cross of Tompkins County’s new office at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca. As part of a reorganization effort that occurred this past summer, Tompkins County became a part of the Red Cross’ Southern Tier Chapter and a full-time manager was hired for the Tompkins County office. McCluskey replaced former Tompkins County manager Toni Sacco, who resigned to take another job.
“One of our goals as we restructured the region was to have a full-time manager devoted to service delivery, volunteer recruitment and fundraising in Tompkins County,” Bierwiler said. “We’re thrilled to have Carlos in Tompkins County, where he can continue Toni’s great work and build on the strong relationships we have developed with the Tompkins County communities.”
McCluskey was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and had lived in Florida since 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 spent the past seven years working for the Florida Guardian ad Litem program in Broward County, where he represented the best interests of children who were abused, abandoned, or neglected in Dependency Court. As part of that job, he managed and trained volunteers who were needed because of the large amount of children in care.
In 2008, McCluskey received the Child’s Hero Award from the Florida Guardian ad Litem program. He was appointed to the state of Florida Guardian ad Litem Training Task Force in 2009, and in 2012 he was named to the state’s Volunteer Advocacy Committee.
McCluskey lives in Ithaca with his wife, Justine Petry McCluskey, who grew up in Trumansburg and graduated from Trumansburg High School before attending the University of Oregon and Florida Atlantic University. In his spare time, McCluskey enjoys traveling and the outdoors.