The Southern Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross has announced members of its Board of Directors for 2014 – 2015. The Red Cross Board of Directors is comprised of respected business and civic leaders, who together, contribute their time, their talents and their resources to ensure the organization’s mission is met every day with compassion, care and responsiveness to the needs of the community to help alleviate suffering and to save lives.
New members include:
Tripp Weigel - Owner of Top Gun Arms
2014 – 2015 Board Officers include:
Blake Barnett - Paramedic - Lawrence Co. EMS (Director of Volunteers)
Kim Bracey - AvKare Pharmacuticals (Assistant Board Chair)
Jason Kimbrall - District Manager: Hardee’s (Board Chair)
Ben Luna – Weatherman: WLX Radio Personality ( Past Board Chair – Disaster Action Team)
Peggy Moore – Owner: MooreCare Ambulance Service (Secretary)
Mary Owens - Retired (DAT – Client Case Work)
Pat Quillen – Paramedic/Captain Lawrenceburg Fire Dept. (Director of Health Services)
Sandra Wright - Supervisor: MooreCare Ambulance Service (Immediate Past Chair – Disaster Action Team)
Current members include:
Terry Beecham – Captain: Lawrenceburg Police Dept.
Margaret Campbell – Marketing: Fast Pace Medical
Jeremy Holley - Deputy EMA: Giles County Emergency Mgmt.
Jeff Noblin – COE: Southern Tennessee Regional Health System
Derrick Thomas - Loretto City Police Department
“We would like to thank each of these talented, respected community and business leaders who are committed to helping others,” said Ginny Benson, Chapter Executive for the Southern Middle Tennessee Chapter. “Together, we will ensure the American Red Cross can continue its vital humanitarian mission and is there for families and individuals down the street, across the country and around the world in their hour of greatest need.”
Board members are elected for three-year terms by local Red Cross chapters. The Southern Middle Tennessee Chapter Board currently has 14 volunteer members and serves residents across Lawrence, Giles and Wayne Counties. The Southern Middle Tennessee Chapter is part of the Tennessee Volunteer Region which includes one regional chapter, the Nashville Area Chapter, and eight community chapters that span a 62 county area across Middle and West Tennessee.
Over the past year, the Southern Middle Tennessee Chapter has assisted 33 families with immediate emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, emotional support and replacing medications after disasters like fires, floods and tornadoes. More than 500 local citizens were trained in lifesaving CPR, AED, babysitting, water safety and other caregiving courses to help make the community a safer place to live, work and play. Through the Service the Armed Forces program, the Red Cross provided 61 various services to help link service members and their families during emergencies such as a death or a birth in the family. Internationally, the Tennessee Volunteer Region Restoring Family Links Red Cross program helped open a total of 106 cases and provided 229 different services to help connect family members separated by crisis, conflict, or migration.