Volunteer tends to emotional needs during disaster

red cross boston volunteer Christine Tebaldi
Working with the Red Cross has been a very rewarding and humbling experience.

Christine Tebaldi was always interested in working with the Red Cross.

It was 2001 and she was living in Rochester, NY. A colleague had told her all about volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team, but it was the events of 9-11 that truly inspired Christine to jump in and help.

Christine quickly became a volunteer – she was assigned to a mobilization training in Philadelphia and was then deployed to a respite center in New York City near Ground Zero. She has worked with the Red Cross ever since.

“Working with the Red Cross has been a very rewarding and humbling experience. I have had the great fortune of working with many talented and compassionate volunteers and staff, as well as experiencing the resilience of the clients we encounter,” she said.

Christine is Director of Community Hospital Programs for McLean Hospital, where she oversees Psychiatric Emergency & Consultative Services.

She most recently served as volunteer co-lead for Disaster Mental Health in Eastern Massachusetts, and is now taking on the role of State Advisor. The position allows her to support disaster-related mental health matters while also serving as an ambassador for disaster mental health with the state.