Leadership

Red Cross Executive Director Jon Farr

Jon Farr, Executive Director

Jon Farr is the Executive Director of the South Plains Regional Chapter, a division of the American Red Cross North Texas Region. His selection for this distinguished Red Cross post in 2014 marked the continuation of Farr’s 29 years in non-profit management.

Farr’s non-profit history includes numerous senior leadership positions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America beginning in 1986. Starting as the Unit Director at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club, Farr moved into several higher positions including Executive Director, Chief Professional Officer and Regional Service Director. In 2008, Farr was named the non-profit’s Director of Organization Development, gaining responsibility for ongoing development throughout West Texas and New Mexico.

While working with the Boys & Girls Clubs, Farr often brought in the Red Cross to teach CPR training classes. However, it wasn’t until his close friend was affected by the Moore, Oklahoma tornado in 2013 that Farr became interested in the Red Cross for career opportunities. After the tornado hit Moore, Farr saw the effort of the Red Cross to help the community and felt inspired by the Red Cross mission.

Excited to re-energize the volunteer base and build trust within the community, Farr’s leadership philosophy is modeled after the belief that his team is only as strong as the weakest link. Keeping this in mind, Farr strives to bring the team together, believing that together the Chapter will achieve more. Today, Farr works with community members, donors and volunteers to strengthen their foundation by helping them prepare and respond to disasters in the South Plains area.

Farr holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Kinesiology from Lubbock Christian University. Farr has received the Non-Profit Leadership Award, Contribution to the Profession Award and the Jim Wetherinton Southwesterner Award for his efforts in working with non-profits. He is a former college basketball player who enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, fishing and traveling.

Farr resides in Little Field, Texas and has three children, Allison (22), Justin (17) and Carson (8).


T.D. Smyers

Tracy D. (T.D.) Smyers, CEO, American Red Cross North Texas Region

T.D 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.

As CEO, Smyers’ fundamental leadership philosophy is focused on four essential elements: transparency, integrity, risk tolerance and managing continuous change. Seeking to optimize the efficiencies of a national enterprise while building a culture of collaboration among the different locations, Smyers works to strengthen the local presence of the Red Cross and is passionate about gaining the local communities’ trust.

Smyers believes his biggest accomplishment thus far is structuring a team that can manage a geographically dispersed and complex workforce spanning 96,000 square miles.

Dedicated to what the Red Cross does nationally, as well as the mission in North Texas, Smyers serves as a member of the national Real Estate Strategy Development Team and the Service to the Armed Forces Strategy Team.

Smyers chaired the commissioning of USS Fort Worth and now leads Fort Worth’s support of her namesake ship as President of the USS Fort Worth Support Committee and a Navy League Vice President. He’s holds board positions with the North Texas Commission 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 the Fort Worth Executive Roundtable. He is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Texas.

Smyers holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The United States Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

T.D. Smyers and his family make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.


Anita Foster

Anita Foster, Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region

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

Rosemary Mote, Regional Disaster Program Officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region

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.