Two Louisiana Women Named to National Council

The Tiffany Circle reflects a growing movement across the United States that women are leading the way when it comes to philanthropy, said Kay W. Wilkins.

The American Red Cross announced that Deidra Jackson and Kacie Kelly have been named to the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle National Council.

Jackson serves as the Government Affairs Manager for BASF in Louisiana. Deidra develops and leads the implementation of strategy, relationship development, public policy engagement and overall business advancement initiatives with key state and local policy makers. She is a member of the board of directors at the American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area Chapter and is starting her second year as a Tiffany Circle member.

Kelly is the Program Manager for Veterans Affairs / Department of Defense Integrated Mental Health in Mental Health Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Central Office inWashington, D.C. Kelly, a member of the board at the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter, was a founding Louisiana Tiffany Circle member and serves as the Chairwoman for the society in the New Orleans area.

The Tiffany Circle is a society of women leaders and philanthropists from across the country who commit a minimum of $10,000 a year to support the important work of the Red Cross. As National Council Members, Jackson and Kelly will help ensure the future success of the Tiffany Circle program as the group embarks upon their eighth year in 2013-14. Since its inception just seven short years ago, the Tiffany Circle has grown from eight to 60 regional chapters throughout the country and is also expanding internationally into countries such as Canada, Mexico, France, Great Britain and Australia.

The Tiffany Circle hosts its annual summit in Washington, D.C. Each year philanthropic women across the country come together in celebration and remembrance of how their work and contributions have impacted the American Red Cross, and the many lives across the country and the world that the Red Cross has touched.

The South Louisiana Region Tiffany Circle Society is one of the most activeTiffany Circle groups in the nation. The society is named for the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. These windows, produced by the Tiffany Studios, were commissioned by Red Cross President Mabel Boardman in 1917.

About the Tiffany Circle:

The Tiffany Circle is a society of women leadersand philanthropists. By investing $10,000 annually in their local American Red Cross chapters, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of womenleaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services. For more information about joining, contact susan.currie@redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly 40 percent 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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