American Red Cross serving Greater San Antonio TX

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Welcome to the American Red Cross serving Greater San Antonio TX

The San Antonio Area Chapter was founded in 1916 to provide support and assistance to the military stationed in and around San Antonio.

Ninety six years later, our Chapter serves 2.4 million people in 22 counties across South Central Texas from our offices in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Del Rio and Laredo.

The San Antonio Area Chapter is committed to perpetuating Clara Barton’s original vision for the American Red Cross: a humanitarian organization led by volunteers to assist people when they need help the most.

We respond to an average of 10 emergencies each week, offering free assistance to the victims of single family and multi-family fires, extreme weather conditions, and natural disasters.

In the past year, we taught over 22,000 people in our service area how to save lives with first aid and CPR courses.

Nearly 4,000 people enrolled in Red Cross safety courses to learn how to swim, become a lifeguard, and receive babysitter training.

The San Antonio Area Chapter is committed to perpetuating Clara Barton’s original vision for the American Red Cross: a humanitarian organization led by volunteers to assist people when they need help the most.

A Brief History

The history of the San Antonio Area Chapter parallels the calamities and disasters that have befallen the area. Hurricanes, floods, explosions, fires and the effects of war on local residents are backdrops to our story.
  • 2010
    San Antonio became the hub for the 44-county Southwest Texas Region, encompassing Branch and Chapter offices including El Paso, Midland, Del Rio, Laredo and New Braunfels.
  • 2004
    Mike Bennett assumed leadership of the San Antonio Area Chapter as its Chief Executive Officer.
  • 1998
    A massive flood in San Antonio overtook our Chapter headquarters, prompting a relocation to Fort Sam Houston until renovations could be completed.
  • 1987
    San Antonio Area Chapter purchased and moved into its current location, the former headquarters of Diamond Shamrock
  • 1916
    San Antonio Area Chapter was founded to provide support and assistance to the military stationed in and around San Antonio.


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Monica Reyes, Executive Director - American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio

Monica recently joined the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross where she serves as Executive Director, supporting communities in the 13 counties surrounding the San Antonio area. In her capacity, Monica works with regional staff to provide communities with volunteer development; fundraising; relationship management and board development and management.

Previously, Monica served as director of volunteers for the VNA of Texas Meals on Wheels program in Dallas. In addition, Monica worked as manager of community and public affairs for Fluor Corporation in Dallas.

Originally from San Antonio, Monica has a great deal of passion for community service and volunteerism and has served on a multitude of nonprofit advisory groups, committees and boards. When not at work, Monica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors and traveling.

Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer

Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer

Marty has been with the Red Cross for more than a decade. First as a volunteer, then as a staff member, she has served a wide range of roles including Disaster Responder, Public Information Officer, member of the Board of Directors, Chief Marketing Officer and now Regional CEO. She has responded to every type of disaster from single family fires to major events like hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Marty taught public school and owned a small business.

Red Cross Central Texas Debra Murphy-Luera

Debra Murphy-Luera, Regional Chief Administrative Officer

Debra has served in a variety of capacities within the American Red Cross for more than 15 years. Prior to being appointed Chief Administrative Officer, Debra served as Interim Regional Chapter Executive, Regional Support Manager of the Corpus Christi Region; Chapter Solutions Manager for the Southwest Service Area and Executive Director of the Webb County Chapter. Prior to her service with the American Red Cross, Debra spent more than twenty years in the broadcasting industry. Debra earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University. A native of Wyoming, Debra currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas and is married with three step-children and four step-grandchildren.

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Katie Braymer, Regional Disaster Program Officer

Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas and began her career with the Red in 2009 as an Emergency Services intern in the Chisholm Trail Chapter in Fort Worth, TX. Katie has worked her way up through Disaster Cycle Services and across the state of Texas. She has deployed to more than 15 national disaster relief operations including tornadoes in Mississippi, the 2011 Bastrop Wildfire, Hurricane Sandy, the West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion, and the 2014 Washington Wildfires. Katie has most recently served in leadership roles during the 2013 Halloween Floods in Central, TX, 2015 Texas Memorial Day Floods and the Fall 2015 Halloween Floods. Katie is a Fort Worth native and proud to now call Austin her home.

Red Cross Central Texas Debbie Immel

Debbie Immel, Regional Chief Development Officer

Debbie has more than six years of fundraising and public relations experience in the nonprofit arena, all with the American Red Cross. She managed fundraising efforts for the Central Texas Wildfires in Fall 2011 and she deployed to Alabama to assist in the relief and fundraising efforts as a result of dozens of tornadoes in the Spring of the same year. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing, where she worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years. She also possesses a strong background in financial development, communications, promotions and relationship building.

Jose Dominguez

José Dominguez, Regional Volunteer Services Officer

Jose has served the Red Cross for nearly ten years and held leadership roles in both Volunteer and Disaster Services. Jose began his Red Cross career in Volunteer Services in New York, then joined the disaster team here in Central Texas. In his role as Regional Volunteer Services Officer, Jose firmly believes that dedicated and engaged volunteers are the foundation of Red Cross’ success. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University (Go Bobcats!), Jose and his husband Craig make their home in Lakeway.

Red Cross Central Texas Bristel Minsker

Bristel Minsker, Regional Communications Director

With more than seven years’ experience in communications and journalism, Bristel’s background includes agency public relations, corporate communications and broadcast journalism. She joined the Red Cross team in 2013 as the Communications Director and has led public affairs for the organization during local responses such as the 2013 Halloween Floods, the 2014 SXSW Crash and the 2014 Fort Hood shooting. Bristel is passionate about using traditional and digital media to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies in Central Texas. She is a California native, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and proud Texas transplant.

Red Cross Central Texas Frank French

Frank French, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) is central to the mission of the American Red Cross. In his role, Frank overseas SAF staff and volunteers in Central & South Texas (CSTR) in providing emergency messages, outreach programs, financial assistance, and other support to our military service members, veterans at their families. Frank also overseas International Social Services in CSTR, including Restoring Family Links, a free international family tracing service. Before joining the Red Cross, Frank was a Battalion Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army.