Candy Pierce-Watson began her Red Cross career as a 13-year-old candy striper in a military hospital at Fort Lee, Va. As the daughter, wife and mother of U.S. Army officers, she continued her volunteer and paid staff service throughout the world in military and civilian communities. As a Recruiter, Station Chairman, Territory Chairman, Station Manager, Government Liaison and AFES Reservist she has worked with Service to the Armed Forces, Blood Services and Disaster services.
Continuing her nonprofit work, Candy was the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County, Florida (the Florida Keys) and the Director of Development for the Mel Fisher Historical Society and Museum. Before returning to the Red Cross she worked for the U.S. Government as a government civilian and a contractor in Bahrain, Panama, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
As the South Florida Region Service to the Armed Forces Director she provides regional leadership and guidance about programs that allows the Red Cross to help military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. Other areas of service include reconnecting families separated due to armed conflict or disasters. These programs include but are not limited to emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans and access to community resources, which help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.