Celena Roldán Sarillo, M.S.W., M.Ed. | Chief Executive Officer
Kendra Henson | Regional Volunteer Services Officer
Heidi Mucha | Regional Chief Development Officer
Catherine Rabenstine | Regional Chief Operating Officer
Adam Runkle | Regional Disaster Officer
Crystal Smith | Regional Director, Service to the Armed Forces, International Services
Joy Squier | Regional Communications and Marketing Officer
Trish Burnett | Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving Quad Cities and West Central Illinois
Lyn Hruska | Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving Central Illinois
Leslie Luther | Executive Director, American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois
Brian McDaniel | Executive Director, American Red Cross of Illinois River Valley
Dawn Morris | Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving South Central Illinois
Celena Roldán Sarillo is the CEO of the Illinois Region of the American Red Cross, having joined the organization in March of 2016. The Illinois Region is the second largest region of the Red Cross, with an annual budget of $28M, serving 88 counties and having more than 3,500 dedicated volunteers. Annually, this region responds to approximately 2,000 disasters and teaches health, safety and disaster preparedness skills to 100,000 people. Roldán Sarillo has served in various leadership roles for the American Red Cross, including as an elected official liaison deployed to engage government officials in disaster impacted areas, and as a co-founder of the American Red Cross Latino Engagement Initiative.
Prior to joining Red Cross, Roldán Sarillo served as the Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House, founded to strengthen low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy, and collaborative action.
Roldán Sarillo has extensive and significant community development experience at the city and state level. In 2018, Roldán Sarillo served as a co-chair for the City of Chicago Universal Basic Income Task Force. She also served on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Education Transition Team and the Mayor’s Early Childhood Task Force, and in 2014, was appointed by Mayor Emanuel to the City of Chicago’s Community Development Commission.
In 2011, Roldán Sarillo was a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. In 2015, she participated in the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a month-long leadership development program in Europe focused on fostering the transatlantic relationship of the U.S. and Europe, she was selected as a fellow in the 2017 CEO Perspectives program, a nationally-recognized program that fosters and accelerates business leadership development.
Currently, Roldán Sarillo serves as a board member for National Louis University and is the past board chair for Illinois Action for Children. In 2019, she was named to the board of directors for Wintrust Wealth Management and was elected to The Robert R. McCormick Foundation Board.
Most recently, Roldán Sarillo was recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work with their 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Roldán was also named as one of Chicago’s “Most Powerful Latinos,” on the 2019 Crain’s Chicago Business inaugural list. Roldán Sarillo was also honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as the 2016 Community Leader of the Year.
Roldán Sarillo holds a master's degree in early childhood administration from National Louis University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Chicago with her husband and has a son at Saint Louis University.
Regional Volunteer Services Officer, Kendra Henson is from Central Illinois and has been with the American Red Cross for eight years. Kendra’s heart is drawn towards working with humanitarian organizations and has served as a medical social worker for the Vermont Dept. of Health, a Public Relations Specialist for Meals on Wheels, as well as working to support underserved populations in both Vermont and Illinois. Kendra is proud to serve the Illinois Region as the Volunteer Services Officer and believes firmly in our incredibly giving, talented, and compassionate volunteer workforce!
Heidi joined the Red Cross in 2001 serving in several development roles in the organization before being named CDO in 2008. She has managed direct marketing, annual giving and special events programs and has led the marketing and communications team. She launched the Heroes Breakfast which brings significant support and visibility to the Region, and is now an annual event. Before joining the Red Cross Heidi served as associate director of annual events at the Newberry Library in Chicago
Catherine Rabenstine joined the American Red Cross in 2016 and became the Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Region in 2018. As a Red Crosser, Cat has deployed as a Public Information Officer to support the response for Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma, as well as local tornado and flooding disasters. Most recently she deployed as the Chief of Staff of the Hurricane Ida response in Louisiana. She is a member of the COO Forum, and has served on the board of Public Narrative and as a coach for students with One Million Degrees. Cat has worked in nonprofits since 2004, teaching journalism courses for a year in the West Bank, helping build a service learning and study trips program in Rome for a few years, partnering with people experiencing homelessness to help them transform their lives at Cara Chicago, teaching English for a year in southern India, and coordinating a conservation leadership training program in the Pacific NW. Cat earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Peace Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Adam Runkle joined the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois in 2009 and served in senior management roles before being named RDO in 2018. In April of 2020, he became the new Illinois region’s Disaster Officer across an 88-county service area. In this role, Adam leads our region’s Disaster Cycle Services team across a 21-county service area. With this team, he works to strengthen the capacity of the Red Cross in all aspects of the disaster cycle, from preparedness to response to recovery. Adam came to our region from California where he was the Planning & External Relations Manager for the Greater Los Angeles Region from 2008-2009. Prior to his work in LA, Adam was with the American Red Cross based out of New York City from 2006 to 2008. His service dates back to 2005 when he found his passion for the Red Cross as a volunteer supporting families affected by Hurricane Katrina. During his time with the Red Cross, Adam has helped lead dozens of relief operations across the country and currently serves as a Deputy Director on the Divisional Response Management Team for the North Central Division. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director for the statewide response in Florida following Hurricane Irma. Here at home, Adam has been the job director for numerous relief operations which included responses to historic flooding, tornados, winter storms, mass casualty events, and more. Over the course of his career he has also responded to hundreds of home fires and has managed over fifty emergency shelters. Before joining the Red Cross, Adam worked with the Southeastern Alaska Guidance Association where he led team of AmeriCorps volunteers on remote conservation projects with the US Park and Forest Services.
Crystal joined the disaster team at the American Red Cross in 2014 and became the Service to Armed Forces & International Services Director in 2016. In this role, she oversees the SAF and IS programs throughout Illinois. Crystal manages a team that provides outreach, emergency communications, and resiliency programs throughout the region. Additionally, she works closely with the Illinois National Guard to provide support to military members and their families throughout the deployment cycle. She has helped facilitate and launch networking groups for organizations supporting military and veterans throughout the state. As the Disaster Program Manager in Central Illinois from 2014-2015, Crystal managed relationships with community partners, assisted with community disaster planning, and oversaw disaster responses throughout Central Illinois.
Joy is a seasoned marketing and communications executive who oversees all communications and marketing functions including traditional and social media relations, government affairs, events marketing and programs, and internal communications for the organization. Joy is a national spokesperson for the American Red Cross. Previously, she served as Director of Field Marketing for the Top Ten Regions of the Red Cross, where she oversaw the planning and development of integrated marketing and communications strategies and programs for the largest regions within the Red Cross. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Joy was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Waste Management leading the $4B Public Sector and Recycling business segments' strategic marketing and communications initiatives. She also gained valuable expertise at Hewlett Packard charged with directing marketing and communications strategy and execution for category-leading and award-winning consumer product lines. Joy holds an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in advertising.
Peggy Hardek, Board Chair
University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
Sarah Lynn Cinquegrani
Bank of America
U.S. Cellular Corporation
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Mary Ann Korenic
Chubb Insurance, LTD
Corporate Leadership Center
Dr. Kyle Mack
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Better Media Group / Make It Better Foundation
Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.
Zurich North America
Sidley Austin LLP
LaSalle Investment Management
Heidrick & Struggles
Enerpac Tool Group
IEMA | Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Motorola Solutions Inc.
CIBC Bank USA - retired
Christopher D. Bowers
Brian J. Cook
Theodore L. Dysart
John P. Grube
Janis K. Tratnik
James A. Unnerstall
James H. Wildman
Sarah Herczog, Guaranteed Rate | Executive Leadership Chair
Maggie McNally, JDRF | Mission & Membership Chair
Katie Casey, Horizon Therapeutics | Mingling Co-Chair