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Curt Luthye is the Executive Director of the Montgomery, Howard, Frederick Counties chapter. He comes to this role from the San Diego region where he served as the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. There, he led his team in recruiting and engaging a workforce of more than 1,300 volunteers. Curt develops volunteer leadership to serve in all areas of the Red Cross.
Previously, Curt served as a Senior Manager in Disaster Services at the Red Cross. Specializing in mass care, spiritual care, and information & planning, Curt helped lead 11 national-level disaster responses, including California wildfires; the Oso, WA mudslide; Moore, OK tornadoes; and Hurricane Sandy. Locally, Curt created two regional conferences focused on serving people with access and functional needs, resulting in the San Diego County Access and Functional Needs workgroup, designed to serve the whole community. In 2013, Curt kick-started the Prepare San Diego initiative, more than doubling the first-year goal with more than 250,000 disaster preparedness actions taken.
Prior to the Red Cross, Curt served for nine years as a minister with the Church of the Nazarene’s Caribbean regional office, helping both to strengthen local leadership development and coordinate hundreds of volunteer teams that built churches, homes, schools, and medical facilities in 20 Caribbean countries. He also served in Haiti during the earthquake response in 2010, overseeing volunteer teams who came to assist with rebuilding.
Curt graduated from Southern Nazarene University and has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is committed to people, and his goal is to create meaningful opportunities for people to give back to their communities. In his free time, Curt enjoys exploring beaches and hiking trails with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.