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Jill Palmer Named Executive Director of The American Red Cross Florida's Southern Gulf Chapter

The American Red Cross Chapter Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter has named Jill Palmer as its new Executive Director.

In this new professional role, Palmer will lead a team of Red Cross staff and volunteers who proudly serve more than 1 million residents in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. She will be responsible for guiding the chapter in ensuring the mission and goals of the American Red Cross are effectively delivered.

Palmer had been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for almost three years, serving as a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, she served as chair of the Volunteer Engagement & Mission Capacity Committee.

“I’m honored to be working with the American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter in this capacity to support our communities in preparing for and recovering from natural and man-made disasters,” said Jill Palmer. “I’m excited to be a part of the day-to-day team that plays such a critical role in helping Gulf Coast residents.

Palmer has worked in volunteer and community service for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Red Cross, she was employed as the Director of Volunteer Services, Auxiliary Development and Arts in Healthcare at Lee Health (formerly Lee Memorial Health System). She is a volunteer with several organizations including, serving as corresponding secretary for the Florida Association of Directors of Volunteers Board of Directors, the American Heart Association, and on the Lee Health Campaign Committee for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee.

Palmer received a Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS), Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.