Regional Leadership


Linda Jorge Carbone, Regional CEO

Linda Jorge Carbone serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central Florida Region, as well as Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Tampa Bay. In her regional leadership position, Ms. Carbone is responsible for leading a team of paid and volunteer staff who ensure Red Cross services are provided in 19 counties across Central Florida, including Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. Before joining the Tampa Bay Chapter as CEO in 2009, Ms. Carbone practiced law for more than 15 years and served as a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for more than 12 years. Her passion and commitment to the Red Cross mission are unwavering. Ms. Carbone is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Clark University and has two young sons.

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Margaret Boyles Brown, Regional Director of Volunteer Services

Margaret Boyles Brown serves as Regional Director of Volunteer Services for the 19 counties comprising the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. Ms. Brown guides the Office of Volunteers’ team to ensure every volunteer feels welcomed and has a meaningful experience with the Red Cross. A 14-year staff member, she has logistics and managerial experience with both Preparedness Health and Safety Services and the Office of Volunteers. A long-time Florida resident, Ms. Brown and her husband have three married daughters and six grandchildren.


Emily Simons, Regional Disaster Officer

Emily Simons serves as Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Central Florida Region. This role includes ensuring the effective delivery of Red Cross disaster services (i.e., preparedness, response, and recovery) to 19 counties in Central Florida with a population total of nine million residents, not including the many traveling visitors. Prior to joining the Central Florida Region, Ms. Simons supported many federally declared disasters, providing disaster leadership, policy guidance, technical writing, and communication strategies to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During this time, she also served as a volunteer for the Red Cross Palmetto Region in South Carolina. Ms. Simons is a Massachusetts native and holds a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York, as well as a M.A. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.


Rachael Zern, Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer for the American Red Cross Central Florida Region, Rachael Zern oversees the Business Operations department, which includes facilities, fleet, and fiscal management. Prior to her current role, Ms. Zern was a Senior Analyst for the Red Cross for four years. She has been in the accounting and business management field for 10 years of which six have been in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Zern hails from Washington, D.C., but now calls Valrico, Fla., home with her fiancé and dog.