The Southeastern Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States. We serve approximately 4.2 million people in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. We provide food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of our armed forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills, and more. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Our Mission: The Southeastern Pennsylvania region seeks to fulfill, on a regional level, the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We are guided by seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
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Guy J. Triano is the Regional CEO for the American Red Cross based in Philadelphia. Guy has been with the Red Cross since 2004.
Prior to being named Regional CEO, he was the Director of Donor Recruitment for the Penn-Jersey and New York-Penn Blood Regions. He first joined the Red Cross as an Account Manager for Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey. Before joining the Red Cross, Guy worked as a manager for Hyatt Hotels in Princeton, New Jersey, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Guy earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and General Management from the State University of New York at Delhi.
Guy says he is proud to be part of the American Red Cross because it is an organization that helps so many people in so many different ways. In Philadelphia, he is a member of the Sunday Breakfast Club as well as a board member for the Philadelphia Emergency Food and Shelter Program. He lives with his wife and two boys in Bucks County.
Jennifer M. Graham is the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley Chapter. She has been with the American Red Cross since 1998, starting her career in Biomedical Services, and moving to Humanitarian Services in May of 2019 as Executive Director.
Prior to this role, Graham was the District Manager of Donor Recruitment covering parts of Southeastern Pennsylvania where her team was responsible for 50,000 blood donations per year. She also held a role in Program Development, including a focus on education programs, community outreach, and volunteer management within the Penn-Jersey Biomedical Region of the American Red Cross.
Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Spanish from Muhlenberg College and lives in Chester County with her husband, two children, and dog. She loves to participate in water sports during the summer, and contributes as an alpine ski coach during the winter. Her strong belief in the mission fulfillment of the Red Cross keeps her motivated every day, and she will continue to focus on preparedness as a key driver in keeping communities safe, strong, and ready in the face of disaster.
Clifton Salas is the Regional Chief Operating Officer for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Clifton oversees all Red Cross fleet and facilities operations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. This includes ten service delivery sites, one of which is the largest Red Cross facility in the country on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
Clifton grew up near El, Paso Texas and graduated with a master’s degree in business from Columbia College. In addition, Clifton studied broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Clifton joined the Red Cross in 1994. Throughout his Red Cross career, he has served on the leadership teams for many large disasters and national tragedies, including Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terror attacks, and the Delta Airlines/Comair crash in Lexington, KY.
Clifton resides in Center City Philadelphia. With his commitment to serve others, he became a Rotarian in 2012. In his spare time, Clifton has a passion for travel and an eye for photography. He is an avid bike rider and an active member of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Joy Cauthorn is the Regional Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a position she has held since March of 2015. Cauthorn’s role includes working with corporate partners to help carry out the many programs and services offered by the Red Cross.
Cauthorn says what initially drew her to the American Red Cross was her passion for the organization’s mission. She said she enjoys finding and securing resources that will help those in need. Cauthorn began her Red Cross career in 2009 as the Executive Director of a local Red Cross Chapter, transitioning to Senior Director of Major Giving and eventually earning her current position as Regional Chief Development Officer.
When not working, Joy treasures spending time with her husband Ryan, sons Zion and Zane. Her love for live music, theater, travel, community and sports keep her occupied otherwise.
Susan Kalkhuis-Beam joined the Red Cross in 2010 as a Disaster Action Team volunteer. Shortly afterward, she was employed by the Red Cross as a Data Manager for the Valley Wide Help program in the Lehigh Valley.
She joined the Volunteer Services team in 2012 and has been the Regional Volunteer Services Officer for Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2018.
Prior to the Red Cross, Susan worked at a hospital as a Research Coordinator and spent several years working overseas in international development. Susan and her husband, Ferdinand, have two adult daughters and currently live in the Lehigh Valley with Bella (the dog) and Sabai (the grumpy old cat).
Dave Skutnik has been the Regional Communications Director of the Philadelphia office and Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2017. He joined the American Red Cross as a Communications Manager in the northeast part of the state in March 2015.
Dave is a member of the national Advanced Public Affairs Team, deploying to help people affected by large disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Dave worked for more than 15 years in local television as a broadcast meteorologist. The tie between weather disasters and the Red Cross made it a natural fit. Dave has his degree in meteorology from Penn State.
When not working for the Red Cross or watching the weather, Dave is an avid Philadelphia and Penn State sports fan, but also enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys by the pool or at the beach. Dave has also been known to spend a lot of time doing good, old-fashioned yardwork.
Lisa McGee joined the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region as Regional Disaster Officer in Spring 2022. She came to Philadelphia from nearby New Jersey, where she served as Deputy Regional Disaster Officer.
Lisa oversees a staff of a dozen as well as hundreds of volunteers in Disaster Cycle Services that help our communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small. The team provides emergency services for those displaced by disaster including sheltering, individual assistance, emotional and recovery support and more.
She began her career at the American Red Cross in 2007 and has held numerous leadership positions. Prior to the Red Cross, Lisa worked in IT in both the private sector as well as the federal government as part of the Department of Defense.
Jaime Boris is the SAF Regional Program Manager for the American Red Cross based in Philadelphia. Jaime has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade, having previously served with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as the Retreats Program Manager and Team TAPS Manager, and as the Marketing Director for the Ambler Area branch of the Greater Philadelphia YMCA.
She has also worked in marketing for the US Army’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program and began her career as a Registered Clinical Dietitian. Jaime earned her MBA from Baylor University and Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware.
Jaime enjoys serving the military community in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region. She lives in Philadelphia with her rescue dog, Dutch.
For more than 100 years, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region has been providing comfort and relief to those most in need. Local chapters started in 1916 and 1917 as chartered units of the American National Red Cross. Today, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania serves approximately 4.2 million people in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
The Chapter was founded on January 22, 1916 as a result of a meeting at Mr. and Mrs. Charles Custis Harrison’s house. This meeting was attended by former President Howard Taft, the chairman of the American National Red Cross, who urged the Red Cross in Philadelphia to get into action. Official recognition was received by Washington on March 4, 1916.
During wartime, canteen volunteers were extremely active, and between September 1917 and November 1919, more than 3.8 million men were served. One of the most notable individual services rendered by the canteen was the hot roast beef dinner, requested by the City of Philadelphia, served at Shibe Park on May 15, 1919 to 16,000 men of the returning 28th Division by 300 Canteeners in 110 minutes. A new world record!
In September 1918, the Spanish Influenza epidemic struck Philadelphia. In response, the Red Cross Disaster Service opened 32 emergency hospitals within 24 to 48 hours. In addition, 67 hospitals were supplied with volunteers and equipment. Also in response to the epidemic, five overseas Base Hospitals were equipped wholly or in part by the Chapter.
During the Depression of the 1930s, the Chapter distributed 34.5 million pounds of government flour to the poor, as well as 1.8 million articles including more than 100,000 bedding and cotton garments made by the production volunteers. The Canteen Service, assisted by Junior Red Cross in the Branches, ran canning centers and filled containers with vegetables and fruits, which were distributed to the needy.
Blood Donor Services began in May of 1941. That month, the very first blood donors in our region gave 201 pints of blood. The Philadelphia blood donation center was the second center to open in the U.S.
Volunteer numbers were astronomical during World War II. As an example, the Chapter recorded 46,481 volunteers served 470,504 hours in December of 1942 and 78,056 volunteers served 585,334 hours in February of 1943.
From March 1943 to June 1945, 1,000 volunteers worked in shifts around the clock to fill 7.9 million Prisoner of War Packages in the factory at the southwest corner of 23rd and Chestnut Streets as part of the national “Prisoner of War Package Service.” During the war, the Chapter occupied part of a building at 511 North Broad Street as headquarters.
On December 1, 1944, the SEPA Chapter relocated to 119 North Broad Street in Philadelphia.
From May 1941 through August 31, 1945, the SEPA Blood Service Center had collected 702,488 units of blood for the American Armed Forces.
In June 1946, the American National Red Cross Convention was held in Philadelphia. This was the first convention since 1941 due to the war. It was the largest ever held at the time, only surpassed by the Wilkie Republican Convention.
On April 18, 1949, the Philadelphia Regional Blood Center opened and Blood Program Chairman, Arthur Kaufmann, became SEPA’s first donor. As of April 1949, after 9 years of operation, the Philadelphia Red Cross Blood Center had collected 1,110,772 pints of blood.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, along with the Philadelphia Regional Blood Center, was given its own home – a large house at 1710 Spruce Street to serve as headquarters.
A very special event took place at City Hall in May 1967 with the celebration of the birthday of Henri Dunant on World Red Cross Day. Part of the program was a parade of uniforms dating from 1916 to those current at the time.
Plans were formulated by a building committee, to build a new building to serve as headquarters and a Capitol Fund Drive was launched.
The Philadelphia Red Cross Blood Program became the Pennsylvania Jersey (Penn-Jersey) Regional Red Cross Blood Program in 1970.
Hurricane Agnes (which cost the American National Red Cross over $26 million) struck. Devastation was brought to communities from Florida to New York state, including Pennsylvania. At the peak of the disaster, the Red Cross housed 178,312 people in 668 mass care shelters.
On November 3, 1972, an open house was held at the new Chapter Headquarters located at 23rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, during which the cornerstone was filled with a list of historical items.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter became the headquarters for the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Division, which comprised 48 Chapters in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey with the SEPA Chapter’s Executive Director, Angelo F. Menna, serving as manager of the division.
As of July 1975, the Penn-Jersey Regional Blood Program was meeting 70% of the blood demand in the region.
The Penn-Jersey Blood Center relocated to 23 S. 23rd Street, next to Red Cross headquarters.
On January 11, 1979, Penn-Jersey Blood Services was awarded a $1.5 million capital grant from Mabel Pew Myrin Trust to construct a new building for blood services on South 23rd Street. The grant was the largest capital grant ever received by an American Red Cross organization.
On September 29, 1981, SEPA headquarters expanded to include a six-story annex building at 23rd and Ranstead Street, Philadelphia.
As of June 1983, there was an 11% decrease in the blood supply in Penn-Jersey region due to AIDS concerns.
On April 1, 1985, the Penn-Jersey Region began AIDS testing on all new and stored blood products.
Nancy Crosson became the first woman to hold the CEO position for the SEPA chapter.
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm escalated Service to Military Families. One Chapter staff member accepted an assignment in Saudi Arabia. Following the cease-fire, our volunteers and staff spent time at the airport round the clock to greet returning troops. Roughly 1,180 volunteers met 73 flights and greeted 19,480 service members.
As of July 1, 1991, a restructuring occurred to create two separate administrative units, each with its own board of directors for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter and the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. Also in 1991, American National Red Cross selected Penn-Jersey Blood Services as one of 14 central testing laboratories.
In July 1994, the Penn-Jersey Blood Region moved from Chapter Headquarters to the Musser Blood Center at 7th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia.
Chapter volunteers and staff assisted in the massive response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Red Cross House – the first of its kind in the country – opened in 2003 to provide temporary housing for victims of disaster.
The Philadelphia Fire Department honored the Chapter with its Community Partnership Award. Hundreds of volunteers from the Chapter participated in disaster relief operations along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In October, Hurricane Sandy makes landfall along the New Jersey coast. Chapter staff and volunteers set up shelters in Southeastern Pennsylvania and provide assistance to neighboring New York and New Jersey.
In 2014, the SEPA and NEPA Regions combine to better serve the 17 counties making up the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross.
On May 12, an Amtrak train from Washington to New York carrying 238 passengers derails in Philadelphia. Red Cross staff and volunteers rushed to the scene to help passengers as well as set up a family assistance center for those who lost loved ones. In September, Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, with the Red Cross playing a key role in helping the hundreds of thousands of people who came to the city for the historic visit.
Chapter staff and volunteers respond to a historic fall disaster season, including Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria in addition to devastating wildfires in California.
The COVID-19 pandemic strikes the U.S., with the Philadelphia area being one of the nation’s so-called hot spots. The Red Cross continues to collect lifesaving blood during the public health emergency, as well as respond to disasters using new technology to keep people safe.