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Greater New York Red Cross Welcomes Dorothy L. Alpert, Tim Castelli and John B. Rhea to its Board of Directors

The American Red Cross Greater NY Region recently welcomed three new members
I’m confident that the wealth of experience these remarkable leaders bring to our Board of Directors will help further our humanitarian mission in innumerable ways.

The American Red Cross Greater NY Region recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Dorothy L. Alpert, East Region Deputy Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP; Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; and John B. Rhea, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority.

The Greater NY Red Cross Board of Directors comprises 24 business and community leaders who volunteer their time to help oversee the organization’s mission in New York City, Long Island and parts of the Lower Hudson Valley. Responding to anywhere between five and 25 disasters every day and serving more than 13 million residents, the Greater NY Red Cross is the largest and busiest region in the country for the Red Cross. Last year, the organization provided emergency relief to more than 13,000 residents affected by local disasters. This does not include the tens of thousands of people the Red Cross assisted following Superstorm Sandy.

“I’m confident that the wealth of experience these remarkable leaders bring to our Board of Directors will help further our humanitarian mission in innumerable ways,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross. “I’m delighted to welcome them to the Red Cross."

Dorothy L. Alpert

Dorothy Alpert currently serves as Deloitte’s East region deputy managing principal responsible for strategic and marketplace Initiatives. She is a member of Deloitte’s Retirement Committee as well as the Technology Working Group.

Alpert has over 30 years’ experience in professional services, and prior to her current role, she led the US Real Estate Services practice. Alpert has served some of Deloitte’s most significant clients.

Alpert is active in numerous civic organizations. Of particular note is her involvement as a Board member, Treasurer, and member of the Executive and Finance Committees of the New 42nd Street, and as a trustee of The Canterbury School, a private secondary boarding school in New England. Alpert and her husband, Morrey Halfon, and two children reside in New York City.

She said of the Red Cross: “It is my honor to serve on this board of dedicated leaders and advocates for the Greater New York Red Cross. I am so proud to be associated with this vital and impactful organization serving people and communities in critical need.”

Tim Castelli

Tim Castelli is President of National Sales, Marketing & Partnerships for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. As one of the industry’s top digital media sales executives, Castelli ensures the close integration of Clear Channel’s national sales, marketing and partnership operations.

Castelli has more than 20 years of experience in building advertising solutions for major U.S. clients and previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales for AOL’s Eastern US Region. Prior to AOL, Castelli led advertising and partnership activities for technology, wireless and consumer electronic partners as the Technology Industry Director for Google. Before Google, Castelli was the publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine. He also spent 13 years at Ziff Davis Media in various management positions.

Castelli graduated from Duke University with a BA in psychology. A native of Weirton, West Virginia, he now lives with his wife and three children in Connecticut.

"The American Red Cross has a long history of providing critical support to families and children in need,” he said. “As a New Yorker, I admire their efforts and have seen their work firsthand in the face of our city’s most trying emergencies. Joining the board will allow me to be a part of an organization that I have grown to respect and will provide me an opportunity to contribute to its future growth and to serve my local community.”

John B. Rhea

John Rhea is the former Chairman and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Rhea was appointed to lead NYCHA – one of the nation’s largest public benefit corporations – by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in May 2009 and served until January 2014. At NYCHA, Rhea managed over 11,700 unionized and non-represented employees and a $3 billion annual operating budget, ensuring affordable rental housing for over 650,000 low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Rhea was a senior executive in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers), where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Consumer & Retail Group. Prior to Barclays Capital, Rhea was Managing Director and Co-Head of Consumer North America in the Investment Banking Division at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Rhea was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate by the New York Observer in 2012 and 2013. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan; the New York Business Development Corporation; and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

"I am delighted to join an incredible group of directors and senior leaders who demonstrate passion and excellence in supporting individuals and families struck by disaster,” Rhea said. “The opportunity to bring my experience in both the public and private sectors to the American Red Cross Greater New York Region is truly exciting and allows me to give back to a community that has given so much to me and my family."

Attached Photos: Dorothy L. Alpert, Tim Castelli and John B. Rhea

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 @redcrossny.