TD Smyers is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross North Texas Region. His selection for this distinguished post in 2012 marked Smyers’ transition to the independent sector from a successful career in the US Navy. Smyers retired from the Navy, at the rank of Captain, following his tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth.
As CEO, Smyers’ fundamental leadership philosophy is focused on four essential elements: transparency, integrity, risk tolerance and embracing continuous change. Seeking to optimize the efficiencies of a national enterprise while building a culture of collaboration across a dispersed workforce, Smyers is passionate about strengthening the local presence of the American Red Cross.
Dedicated to the Red Cross mission, Smyers leads his team in managing a complex workforce spanning 121,000 square miles. Nationally, Smyers serves as a key member of the Red Cross Real Estate Development and Service to the Armed Forces Strategy Teams.
A 2014 graduate of Leadership North Texas (LNT), Smyers now serves as president of the LNT Alumni Association. He also holds board positions with the North Texas Commission (NTC) and North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD), as well as serving on the Executive Council of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and Fort Worth Executive Roundtable. From 2012 through 2014, Smyers led the City of Fort Worth’s effort in the commissioning of USS Fort Worth and support of the Ship’s crew as Chairman of the Commissioning Committee.
Smyers holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The United States Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Resourcing from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
TD Smyers and his family make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rosemary Mote turned a job she needed after graduating with degree in social work into one of the most well-respected careers in the American Red Cross.
Driven by a commitment to ensure every disaster victim, military family member or displaced loved one gets quality attention, no matter if it is day or night, rain or shine, Mote oversees all details of the Emergency Services department including Disaster, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services.
Her career started 27 years ago when she served in her first role as a caseworker with the organization and through seven promotions, she has operated with the client at the forefront of her mind.
Mote has served on numerous disaster operations including Hurricane Andrew, North Dakota floods in 1997, Oklahoma tornadoes in 1999, downtown Fort Worth tornadoes and the events of September 11 in New York City. In addition to deployments, she led the local efforts to shelter thousands of evacuees during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.
Rosemary Mote is a graduate of the University of North Texas Denton.
Anita Foster is the Chief Communications Officer for the American Red Cross North Texas Region. She started her career as a disaster response volunteer in 1996 and became a paid staff member two years later. Today, she works alongside three paid staffers and 70 professional communications volunteers to support Red Cross efforts nationwide.
Foster has responded to countless large-scale disasters across America. Most recently, she led the statewide public affairs effort in response to the spring tornadoes and floods in Texas. She also led efforts for the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and Superstorm Sandy from Long Island, New York.
A few of Foster’s other notable disaster responses include Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; the Wedgwood Baptist Church shootings, the 2011 Alabama tornado outbreak and the events of September 11 in New York City.
On top of responding to disasters, Foster sets the communications and digital media strategies for the region. Her social media program was recognized by the White House in September of 2012, highlighting how local agencies can save lives in the digital space.
Foster is a graduate of UT Arlington and makes her home in Arlington, Texas with her cat, Ladybird.
Ariane Einecker is the Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross North Texas Region. She assumed this role in August of 2014, having previously served as the Director of Major Gifts and Deputy Chief Development Officer. She joined the Red Cross team in November of 2012.
In her tenure with the Red Cross, Einecker is particularly proud of the work that she and her team are doing to build partnerships with new donors, exposing them to the vital work of the Red Cross.
Einecker serves as the Governance Committee Chair on the board of directors for Family Gateway. She is an active member of the Dallas Junior League, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is an alumnus of Leadership North Texas.
Einecker is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and makes her home in Frisco, Texas with her husband, Bill and English Mastiffs, Walter and Otis.
Stacey Wood serves as the Regional Chief Administration Officer for the American Red Cross North Texas Region, leading the team in strategic decision making and operations for optimal performance and service delivery relative to the American Red Cross mission. Wood also is responsible for managing the 130+ fleet across the region.
On a monthly basis Wood forecasts expenses and budgets for the region and ensuring financial grant compliance, diligently establishing the accountability of budget performance. Currently, Wood is spearheading the region-wide real estate strategy and overseeing any construction, renovation and improvements for ARC facilities.
Wood attended the University of Missouri and received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology. After, she enrolled at the University of Nevada and acquired her CPA in the fall of 1990. She and her family make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Susie Spartano, SPHR serves as the Regional Director of Volunteer Services with the American Red Cross North Texas Region with responsibility for overall planning, recruitment and retention strategy for the Red Cross’ volunteer workforce spanning 121 counties across North Texas. During times of disaster she is a Supervisor in the Staff Relations function within the Disaster Responder network.
Previously, she served as the Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Management at the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross with full responsibility for directing the Human Resource and the Volunteer Management function within the chapter’s 12 county jurisdiction.
She holds her Masters in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas.
She served 4 years on the Diversity Committee with Dallas HR, the local SHRM affiliate as the Chair of the Publicity and Outreach Committee.
Notable is her 20 years of people management and her 15 years of service to the American Red Cross during which she aided in the relief to victims of 9/11, Katrina, Gustav/Ike and several other disaster relief operations.
Val Martinez serves as the Manager of Executive Administration for the American Red Cross North Texas Region, supporting Chief Executive Officer, T.D. Smyers within the Executive Team. As the North Texas Region works to optimize the efficiencies of a national enterprise and build a culture of collaboration across 96,000 square miles, Martinez works with Smyers to optimize his time and to strengthen the dynamic of more than 75 paid staff members, 37 metropolitan board members and more than 7,000 volunteers.
Dedicated to what the Red Cross does worldwide, as well as the local mission, Martinez serves as a digital volunteer, shelter volunteer and a volunteer spokesperson.
Martinez spent nine years of her professional career with Pier 1 Imports where she served as a Project Manager for the Customer Relations team before moving on to become an Executive Administrator for one of Texas’ fastest growing accounting firms, Whitley Penn.
Martinez is earning her degree from Tarrant County College. She and her family make their home in Arlington, Texas. At home, her direct supervisor is her five year old daughter, Gracie. With Gracie’s direct and no-nonsense approach to feedback, Martinez has blossomed as a parental figure.