Nominator: Uikki O’Bryant, Senior Disaster Program Manager
Fran has sustained superior and outstanding leadership in her roles over the years but particularly as a key FSI Leader and demonstrated the highest degree of collaboration. She is known for cultivating innovation in her time with us, especially around the NYC Housing Program. She truly seeks out and champions the best creative ideas, without that spirit of growth we would not have the success we do today in our level of readiness.
Every hotel agreement we've made over the last few years, every NYC hotel vendor meeting, every new trainee or training created have all been through Fran. We are so proud to have Fran on the team and she deserves our support for all her years of dedication leading the charge across lines, she is a key representative to our region for all stakeholders to the ARC mission.
We asked Fran a few questions about her experience.
Can you tell us about an experience that deeply affected you while volunteering?
My first day as an ARC/GNY Volunteer, I was so embarrassed getting out of the handicap vehicle with my cane hardly walking. Then when I got to the 2nd floor of HQ for my assignment, a Red Crosser passed me in a motorized wheelchair, said "Hi, I'm ---- have a great day!" Wow - so welcoming!
My first deployment, Hurricane Gustav & Hurricane Ike in LA, setting up a Mega-Shelter and working with a "Jump Team". This was the first time I helped set-up a huge warehouse shelter. Plus, the first-time helping others to get thru the roar of heavy wind & rain of hurricanes.
Airplane on the Hudson: It was so cold. I'm so glad ARC gives us training to supply passengers in need of help. Then answer them, when they're wondering how they're going to get home. Some said, "Did everyone survive?"
At the beginning of Superstorm Sandy, I worked for so many hours at HQ without sleep. I needed to help. Frequently, I went into the ECC and watched the news for updates. I was so surprised, some of my family & friends homes burnt to the ground. Helplessness, I was glad Mental Health was there for us.
What inspired you to join the Red Cross?
My Dad, Rev. Dewey McIntyre, partnered with American Red Cross during the Flood of 1955 in Connecticut. Plus, my Uncle Salvation Army, Lt. Col. B Barton McIntyre told me stories of the Salvation Army & American Red Cross working together to help people during wars, floods, disasters, etc.
Past family stories became personal to me, in July 2000, when my friends were killed 5 doors down from my house, in the "State Street Explosion". ARC/GNY Mike brought some water to hand out, it was hot, and we really appreciated it.
Next, I witnessed how ARC/GNY helped during 9/11, when my co-workers, friends and neighbors (FDNY Engine Co. 226, 201, etc...) were killed in the towers.
One day I saw an ad in my Local 802's paper, " Red Cross wants You". I thought "ME? I'm crippled". Then I laughed...few days later I was looking in the Daily News Newspaper and I saw Uncle Sam pointing, "Red Cross Needs You.”
Remembering all of this, I think I have a "calling" in my life to help others.