Jones hired as new regional Director of Emergency Services

Jillian Fennimore, Communications Manager, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts,

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is proud to announce that Leighton Jones has been hired as the new regional Director for Emergency Services.

Leighton most recently served as the Regional Emergency Services Director for the Finger Lakes region of the American Red Cross; managing the disaster, military, international and human service programs for a nine county area. Leighton is also the chair of NYVOAD (New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and co-chair of Monroe County Citizen Corps Council.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Leighton grew up along the south coast of England. A graduate of the University of Plymouth he settled in the United States in 1992. Prior to joining the American Red Cross Leighton was the Executive Director for the Salvation Army in Allegany County NY. Previously he also worked with the Salvation Army as Youth Programming Director and New York State Training Facilitator.

In addition to the daily assistance that is given to those impacted by house fires in the Finger Lakes region Leighton’s experience with disaster relief spans from serving at Ground Zero in the days following the World Trade Center attacks, assisting with many flooding and hurricane responses and responding to several transportation incidents including Flight 3407 outside Buffalo in 2009.

About the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts:

The Eastern Massachusetts Regional Chapter operates a number of critical programs and services that are essential to improving the lives of women, men and children. It is one of the largest chapters in the National Red Cross network, providing services across 190 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts with a combined population of 4.9 million. The chapter trains and mobilizes nearly 3,000 volunteers a year who support the delivery of services to over 500,000 people each year. The Regional chapter is headquartered in Cambridge and oversees two community chapters in Beverly and Hyannis. The chapter also has locations in Boston, Brockton, Braintree, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Peabody, and Waltham that serve as local sites for community programs, volunteer recruitment, and disaster preparedness and response.

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