Steve Pair was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas and is a proud graduate of Tascosa High School. He went on to attend both Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.
Steve was hired at the local ABC affiliate, KVII-TV, when he was just 16 as a weekend studio cameraman. He quickly developed a passion for storytelling and joined the news department as a photographer. Steve held many positions at KVII before moving to Austin to start a video production company with a longtime friend. However, after a short time, KVII came calling again. Steve was asked to come back and take the reins of the news department as the station’s News Director, a position he held for almost three years. Most recently, Steve worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.
Is his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Katy and giving back to his community. Steve is currently the President of the Amarillo Education Foundation and also serves on the board for Share the Road Amarillo and the Plemons-Eakle Neighborhood Association.
Steve considers it a blessing to begin his new career with the American Red Cross. He said after spending many years reporting on disasters that impacted the lives of people across the panhandle, he is looking forward to helping those same people when disaster strikes.
T.D. Smyers is proud to lead a team of volunteers and employees, which, in his words, "reflects the best America has to offer. They’ve chosen to serve something noble and selfless —the legendary mission of the American Red Cross."
Smyers joined the North Texas Region in January 2012 which marked a transition from a successful career in the US Navy to a continued life of service with the American Red Cross.
His Navy career included numerous senior leadership roles in global operations and logistics; human resource management; strategic planning; resource optimization and requirement validation in diverse, remote locations as well as the Navy Headquarters at the Pentagon.
He was a four-year track letterman at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; earned the Alden C. Markey Memorial Trophy as the outstanding graduate from advanced navigator training; donned his Naval Flight Officer “Wings of Gold,” and launched on a career in naval aviation that ultimately led to the reception of the Legion of Merit for his leadership of Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB) as the installation’s eighth Commanding Officer. In 2009, Fort Worth’s Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross selected Smyers as their Military Member of the Year.
T.D. Smyers holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Annapolis and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Sue Oestreicher is the Executive Assistant to the Regional Chief Executive Officer. Prior to transitioning into this role she has provided support in many areas during her 11 years with the American Red Cross.
Sue started her American Red Cross career as Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer working in the Emergency Services Department at Chisholm Trail Chapter. After 3 years she joined the Accounting Department and in January of 2007 became the Director of Volunteer Services. In 2009, Sue joined the Dallas Area Chapter as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.
Her humanitarian spirit transcends her service with the Red Cross. Prior to her work with the Red Cross, Sue served in a variety of staff and volunteer positions for several non-profit organizations.
Sue and her husband Bob make their home in Arlington where they have lived for the past 32 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
The Red Cross Creed states, "Wherever disaster calls there I shall go. I ask not for whom. But only where I am needed". Anita Foster has spent her career abiding by these words alongside a team of volunteers and staff who take this creed to heart.
During 16 years with the American Red Cross, Foster has responded to nearly every type of disaster spanning the country. She serves as the primary Public Information Officer during times of disaster.
Foster's extensive deployments include notable disasters responses like the massive tornado outbreak in Alabama in 2011; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; the downtown Fort Worth and Arlington tornadoes; the Wedgwood Baptist Church shootings and the events of September 11 in New York City.
On top of responding to disasters, Anita sets the communications strategy for the North Texas Region, spearheads their digital media efforts and manages a team of two paid staff and 35 Public Affairs volunteers.
Anita is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and makes her home in Arlington, 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, Rosemary 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.
David Emerson has been a business management executive for over 20 years. In 2010, he started his American Red Cross career as the Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Chisholm Trail Chapter before transitioning into his current role where he oversees Emergency and Volunteer Services as well as Business Operations.
Prior to the Red Cross, Emerson served in a variety of US and International corporate management roles in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
A native of Arkansas, Emerson earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a master’s in international management from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.
David Emerson and his wife Stacie live in Fort Worth with their two children, Adam, 17 and Michaela, 15 and their dog, Genevieve.
Flora E. Davis spends her days working with the Executive Directors and leadership volunteers across all 111 counties to ensure they are engaging with the communities and building relationships that advance the American Red Cross programs, services and fund development opportunities. She also serves on the Fund Development Best Practices for Rural Communities National Headquarters Advisory Committee.
Prior to her current role, Davis served as the Regional Chief Development Officer with the American Red Cross Chisholm Trail Chapter where she oversaw the fundraising initiatives of the Chisholm Trail Chapter in the Fort Worth region.
Previously, Davis served as the Regional Vice President of Development with the American Lung Association of the Central States. In this role, she directed the Association’s strategic plan for resource development including annual campaigns, major gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving and board and workplace giving campaigns for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region.
Davis has 20 years of non-profit management experience with nonprofit and national healthcare organizations. She held positions as Executive Vice President of Donor Development, Division Director and Director of Faith Based Initiatives.
Flora Davis is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a master’s degree in community psychology and is married to Reverend Joseph Davis with whom she has 2 children.