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New Executive Director to Lead Local American Red Cross

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, DECEMBER 9, 2011— The American Red Cross, Coastal Bend Chapter is pleased to announce that this week Peter Wyro assumed the position of Executive Director. As Executive Director, he will serve in a leadership role to improve the resiliency of the communities served by the chapter to respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters as well as promoting the growth, quality and constituency of American Red Cross programs and services throughout part of the Texas coastline.

“Peter was selected for this position based on his business expertise, community involvement and knowledge of the community. We are excited to have someone so engrained in the community to direct our services when they are needed most,” said Steve Vetrano, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Gulf Coast Region of the American Red Cross.

Wyro said his focus will be on relationships. “I want to strengthen our current relationships and develop new relationships for the future,” said Wyro. “I am looking forward to serving our community through the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. You can continue to count on your American Red Cross to respond to disasters, large and small,” said Wyro.

“We are thrilled to have a seasoned fund raiser join us at the Coastal Bend Chapter. Peter has the talents, skills and experience to lead our chapter and help provide vital services to our community,” said Marc Hinojosa, Chairman, Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Wyro served as Public Affairs Officer with the 101st Airborne Division, Louisiana National Guard and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. A veteran fundraiser, Wyro recently served Executive Director of the Texas A & M University Kingsville Foundation.

As a part of the newly established Texas Gulf Coast Region and a nationwide network of chapters, the Coastal Bend Chapter with headquarters in Corpus Christi, Texas provides lifesaving Red Cross services to over half a million people within 13 Coastal Bend counties.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at