The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois today announced the appointment of U.S. Army Brigadier General Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the executive director at the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communications, to the organization’s Board of Directors for the greater Chicago and northern Illinois region.
“General Tate-Nadeau brings a combination of public safety experience and more than three decades of military service to our leadership team, who helps guide the strategic direction of our humanitarian services and programs,” said Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois.
As the top commander at OEMC, Tate-Nadeau is charged with protecting the lives of more than 3 million people and property in Chicago. She was appointed in June by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as executive director to lead the city’s 911 emergency operations.
An advocate for service members and their families, Tate-Nadeau advises hundreds of relatives before loved ones deploy to access the Red Cross Hero Care Network – the organization’s Service to the Armed Forces emergency message system – as a lifeline to keep families connected in any part of the world. While stationed in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2014 as an Army liaison officer, the Red Cross notified Tate-Nadeau her brother, Ryan, was scheduled to undergo major heart surgery. Doctors were uncertain if he would survive, and she wanted to be with him. Two years later, while her brother still waits for a new heart, Tate-Nadeau is grateful the Red Cross helped her family – never thinking she would be the one to get that call for request for leave.
“I’ve experienced the benefits of the Red Cross in my own life and that’s why I’m connected to the mission of an organization that takes care of our military members, helps saves lives with by installing smoke alarms, and teaches people skills, like first aid,” Tate-Nadeau said.
Tate-Nadeau acted on the first aid skills she learned from the Red Cross during her deployment with the Army to Israel when she used administered CPR on a man until first responders arrived. With more than three decades in national security, emergency management, and public safety issues under her belt, Tate-Nadeau worked her way up the ranks, at the Pentagon under Secretary of Defense William Cohen, to an Army liaison officer to the Israeli Defense Force specializing in foreign humanitarian assistance, and recently serving as the lead on FEMA’s regional response team for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2015, Tate-Nadeau made history by becoming the first female in Illinois to be promoted to the position of General in the Army National Guard.
Tate-Nadeau also maintains rank as the Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, and concurrently the Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The volunteer Board includes more than 30 civic and corporate leaders from a range of professional backgrounds for the region that serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties in northern Illinois. The Board is led by Chairperson Jill Schaff of Baxter Healthcare (Retired). A full list of members is located at http://www.redcross.org/il/chicago/about/leadership.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.