The Heart of 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:
2014 – 2015 Board Officers include:
Alan Hardison - Board Chair
Lisa Trail - Immediate Past Chair
Jay Barger - Philanthropy Chair
Ray Wiley - Service Delivery Chair
Glenda Meredith - Communications Chair
Chantho Sourinho - Governance Chair
Jim Calder - Chair of Volunteers
Roy Boyd – Secretary
Current members include:
Josh McCollum, M.D.
“We would like to thank each of these talented, respected community and business leaders who are committed to helping others,” said Mike Cowles, Chapter Executive for the Heart of 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 Heart of Tennessee Chapter Board currently has 25 volunteer members and serves residents across Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and Rutherford Counties. The Heart of 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 Heart of Tennessee Chapter has assisted 133 families with immediate emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, emotional support and replacing medications after disasters like fires, floods and tornadoes. Over 2,998 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 226 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.