David is the Executive Director for the American Red Cross El Paso and Southern New Mexico Chapter. He has over 17 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience including 13 years with the American Red Cross in multiple senior leadership positions across the country, including positions as the Regional Chief Operating Officer in Dallas, Regional Chief Executive Officer in Tallahassee, Florida, Senior Director of Chapter Operations at the Red Cross National Headquarters, and Executive Director in Corpus Christi, Texas. David began his Red Cross career as the State Director of Government and External Relations in Illinois. In 2006, he was selected to serve on the Red Cross Presidential Advisory Council, providing chapter insight and suggestions to the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.
In addition to his time with the American Red Cross, David has also served as the Executive Director for The ALS Association Texas Chapter where he led statewide efforts to help ALS families and their caregivers in their battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Before joining the nonprofit world, David worked for six years in state and local government in Illinois, including positions with the Office of the Lt. Governor, and the Illinois General Assembly. In 2000, David was elected to the Divernon Village Board in his first-ever campaign for public office. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Blackburn College where he taught State and Local Government. Chayer also served as a volunteer firefighter, and, for five years, served as the Head Cross Country Coach at Auburn Junior and Senior High School in Illinois.
Originally from St. Anne, Illinois, David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blackburn College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
He and his wife Crissy have been married for 12 years. He has one daughter, Katelyn, two grandsons, Wesley and Owen, and an adopted dog, Barney.