Greenwich, Conn., April 3, 2023 - The American Red Cross Metro NY North Chapter is proud to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors. Each elected new board member will serve a three-year term.
- Carolyn Dewing-Hommes, Consultant/Facilitator and Executive Coach
- Col. Brianna May Perata, Commander/Director of Kelly Army Community Hospital
- Rich Higgins, COO & Associate Broker of The Higgins Group Private Brokerage
“We are so excited to welcome our new board members to the leadership body. Their valuable contribution combined with the unwavering support of our volunteer workforce enables us to grow our capacity and adapt our mission to help communities in need,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashley, CEO, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter.
“I am excited to join forces with an outstanding group of local leaders to serve the 1.3 million people who live in this chapter. Together as a team, we will work relentlessly to help families receive lifesaving services,” said Lisa Cooper, Board Chair, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter.
The Metro NY North Chapter serves Rockland and Westchester counties, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Greenwich, Conn. During the past fiscal year, Red Cross responded to 105 emergencies, providing food and emergency supplies to affected neighborhoods; installed 976 free smoke alarms to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries; and collected 8,665 blood and platelet donations to help save lives.
Carolyn Dewing-Hommes is a Consultant/Facilitator in Leadership Training and an Executive Coach. Carolyn is passionate about the people skills that make leaders truly extraordinary. She works with senior leaders and new managers to create inspirational leadership. She also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, where she teaches a course on leadership for first-time managers. Carolyn’s leadership training builds on a 20-year corporate and private banking career and the founding of a consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness and employee engagement. In her banking career, she was a Senior Vice President with HSBC’s Private Bank. Prior to HSBC, Carolyn had a 15-year international career with Citigroup. Carolyn holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and Languages from Georgetown University, and a Master's in Political Economy and Latin American Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University.
Col. Brianna May Perata
COL Perata assumed duties as the Keller Army Community Hospital Commander and the Defense Health Agency’s West Point Market Director in June 2022. COL Perata commissioned into the United States Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. She is Inpatient Obstetrics-Board Certified (RN-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. COL Perata’s leadership experience spans 23 years. She commanded Public Health Activity Rheinland-Pfalz from June 2018 thru June 2020 and she most recently served as the Regional Health Command- Atlantic Regional Nurse Executive. Her leadership style places People First. COL Perata thrives off mentoring future leaders and members of the team; encouraging individuals to “Be All You Can Be”.
Rich Higgins is the COO & Associate Broker for his family's company, The Higgins Group Private Brokerage. The brokerage has 12 offices and 500 premiere real estate advisors all throughout Fairfield County. He’s the fourth generation of the Higgins Family to make this his vocation. He’s been surrounded by exceptional mentors throughout his life, including his aunt, Barbara Corcoran the Emmy Award-winning star of ABC's show - Shark Tank. Rich has developed into a knowledgeable and true professional in the real estate industry and is licensed in three states, Florida, Connecticut, and New York. Rich has been elected to serve on the Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate Board of Directors, an international real estate network with over 130,000 agents and over 450 companies. He has attended Fairfield Country Day School, St. Georges in Newport, RI, and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.