Eric Corliss joined the American Red Cross of Central Florida as CEO in March 2019 where he leads a team of staff and volunteers serving 19 counties through five chapters. Eric began his employment with the Red Cross in 1996. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Hurricane Irma Recovery Program where he led a team providing direct financial assistance to families and grants to organizations across Florida and Georgia. Prior to that, he served as Division Disaster Director for Florida, Regional Disaster Officer for Georgia, and Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Cascades. His commitment to the organization started at an early age as a teenage youth volunteer where he supported disaster relief, health and safety, and emergency services to the armed forces. Eric is an Army veteran.
Regional Chief Administrative Officer
Rachael Broadwater leads the Business Operations team in administering the facilities, fleet, and finances of the region. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Analyst for the Red Cross for four years and was in the accounting and business management field for ten years. She hails from Washington, D.C., but now calls Valrico home with her husband and two dogs.
Executive Director, Florida's Space Coast Chapter
Rebecca DeLorenzo joined the Red Cross in March 2017 after a decade with the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce where she served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently President and Chief Executive Officer from 2013-2017. Under her leadership, the Chamber fostered collaboration with many community partners and helped the business community thrive. Her professional associations include the Flagler Business Women, The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals and the Florida Society of Association Executives. DeLorenzo is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and lives in Palm Coast with her husband, Jason and daughter, Lorelei.
Executive Director, Greater Orlando Chapter
Janice Moran started her career with the Red Cross as a public affairs volunteer in 2005 in Texas, where she served for about 2 years. After relocating to Florida, she rejoined as a volunteer in 2017 in Florida’s Space Coast Chapter, located in Daytona Beach, where she supported the disaster action team, community preparedness and public affairs. Later that year, Janice was selected as the Regional Communications Manager for Central Florida, and in 2019 she was named Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Chapter.
Regional Director of Communications and Marketing
Rachel Nelson brings more than 20 years experience in communications to the Red Cross, including a decade in the nonprofit arena. Most recently, she served as a member of the management team at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, the top-attended zoo in the Southeast, leading award-winning public relations efforts for 11 years. Prior to that, she held professional roles with several public and private entities in Florida and Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a proud Florida transplant. She lives in Tampa with her husband, two sons, bonus stepson and feisty little dog.
Regional Volunteer Services Officer
Chris started her career with the American Red Cross in 2005 as a volunteer. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership roles including Board Member for the Southwest Florida Chapter, Volunteer Manager, and Director of Staff Services and Workforce Engagement. Chris lives in Bradenton and her husband of 30+ years, a fellow Red Crosser. She has two children, a son-in law and a grandson, Colton.
Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces
Lou Rodriguez leads a team of staff and volunteers who serve the military communities of Central Florida by facilitating emergency communication services and providing support to active duty, guard, reserve and military families at military installations across central Florida including: MacDill and Patrick Air Force Bases, U.S. Coast Guard Stations in St Petersburg and Clearwater, the C.W. Bill Young State Guard/Reserve Center, and the Tampa Military Entrance Processing Station. Rodriguez previously served as a U.S. Air Force Health Services Manager and is a graduate of Trident and Western New England University. He lives in Tampa with his wife of 35 years and their two cats. They have two daughters and a grandson.
Regional Disaster Officer
Katie Sherk began her Red Cross career in 2007 as the Disaster Specialist in Tallahassee with a goal to increase disaster capacity after Hurricane Katrina. She has since served in several roles including Emergency Services Director, Disaster Program Manager, Regional Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager and most recently as Senior Disaster Program Manager in the Arizona, New Mexico & El Paso Region. She has worked several major relief operations including Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storms Debbie & Faye, and Operation Deepwater Horizon. Katie is a graduate of Florida State University and lives in Casselberry.
Megarie van Sickel
Executive Director, Southwest Florida Chapter
Since 1999, Megarie D. van Sickel has guided a volunteer-led team through numerous disasters including Hurricane Charley, the largest hurricane to strike Southwest Florida in decades. Under her leadership, the century-old chapter has grown its active volunteer base, expanded its community partners, and increased its response capability throughout its five counties. van Sickel has also served in advisory roles with, the Florida Blood Centers Advisory Council, the Charlotte County 211 Board, and various local FEMA Grant Allocation Committees.
Executive Director, Mid-Florida Chapter
Tina Sweeten joined the American Red Cross of Central Florida as Executive Director of the Mid-Florida Chapter in October of 2019. She began her work with the Red Cross as a youth volunteer in Washington and continued her service over the next 20 years while living in several states. In 2017, she became an employee, serving as Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the Red Cross of Mississippi. Tina is a graduate of Western Washington University (BA) and Hamline University (MA) and holds a professional designation in Volunteer Administration (CVA). She is married and has an 11-year-old daughter and three dogs.