SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 11, 2014) — Rosie Taravella, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region, will be honored as an Executive of the Year at the 6th annual Nonprofit Awards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
Presented by M&T Bank, Business Journal News Network and BizEventz, the Nonprofit Awards celebrate and recognize area nonprofit executives, board leaders and volunteers for their leadership and impact on the community. Taravella is one of four honorees in the Executive of the Year category, along with Janet Agostini (Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo), Kerry Quaglia (Home HeadQuarters, Inc.), and Suzanne Williams (Syracuse Habitat for Humanity).
“It’s an honor to be included in a group that includes Janet, Kerry and Suzanne,” Taravella said. “We all share the common goal of making our community a better place to live and I look forward to celebrating the day with them on March 25.”
As Chief Executive Officer of the Central New York Region, Taravella oversees 1,800 volunteers, 70 board members and 35 staff members who provide Red Cross services in 16 counties: Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.
Red Cross services include preparing the public for disasters, responding to disasters, offering health and safety classes, providing 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and providing emergency communication and assistance for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
In 2013, the American Red Cross Central New York Region provided food, clothing, shelter and other assistance to 1,809 people from 649 families who were impacted by local disasters such as house fires and floods. The Red Cross of Central New York also provided emergency communications and other assistance to 610 members of the military and their families, and trained more than 4,000 individuals in CPR, First Aid and other lifesaving health and safety courses.
In addition to those everyday responses, the Red Cross of Central New York provided food, clothing, shelter, clean-up supplies, physical and mental health counseling, and other services to thousands of people who were impacted by the June floods in the Mohawk Valley and the December ice storm in Northern New York.
“As we’ve seen over the past year, Red Cross services are vital to residents in Central New York,” Taravella said. “I love this region, and I am proud to use my skills and experience to keep our community prepared for emergencies and be first in line to help when disasters strike.”
Looking ahead, Taravella is supervising the implementation of “Ready CNY,” a program aimed at teaching the 1.8 million residents of the Central New York Region how to be prepared for the first 72 hours following a community-wide disaster. Taravella is also developing partnerships with first responders, area businesses and other non-profit organizations so the communities throughout the region can strengthen their disaster response capacities.
Taravella joined the Red Cross in early 2012 after spending the previous 14 years in management positions at several organizations, including Los Angeles Opera, Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and WCNY, the public broadcasting station in Syracuse. She also worked as a writer and actor in Los Angeles, appearing in “Who’s the Boss,” “Married with Children,” “Full House,” and other popular television shows.
Taravella currently serves on the board of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse and the Women’s Fund of Central New York, where she chaired the Grants Committee this past year. In September, she joined the Health Foundation Leadership Program with nine other Central New Yorkers and 20 fellows from the Buffalo area. The 18-month professional development workshop is designed to foster collaborative leadership among healthcare and human service executives.
Born in western New York and raised in Cortland, Taravella graduated from Cortland High School in 1980 and will be inducted into the Cortland Senior/Junior High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame in April. She lives in Borodino with her husband, Scott Goodrich, and stepdaughter, Abby.
For a complete list of Nonprofit Awards honorees, how to purchase tickets and more information about the event, visit www.bizeventz.com.
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 www.redcross.org/cny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arccny.