Henry Van de Putte has a long history of personal and professional public service experience. Prior to joining the Texas Gulf Coast, he led the San Antonio Area Red Cross chapter as Executive Director. While there, Henry increased community partnerships, renewed confidence with elected and community leaders and supported local staff in growing a strong volunteer base. A proven leader in times of crisis, he provided leadership during the Red Cross response to the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas. His other past accomplishments include serving as Director of Development at Central Catholic High School where he engaged stakeholders, managed an annual giving program and provided strategic leadership. He was also Director of Operations and Corporate Accounts at Dixie Flag in San Antonio and began his career at ESPN in New York with the Corporate Communications and Outreach team. Henry has a proven ability to cultivate partnerships in the public and private sectors, excellent communication skills and focused planning to accomplish short- and long-term goals with extensive experience in event planning and marketing. Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and is a proud lifelong Texan who enjoys spending time with his wife and twin infants.
Chief Operating Officer
Jake leads the Texas Gulf Coast region as COO in achieving performance targets essential to delivering American Red Cross services to those in need and overseeing business operations. Jake has served in a variety of leadership roles within the Red Cross for more than 15 years, including Regional Volunteer Services Officer for the Texas Gulf Coast Region, Executive Director of the Mid-Central Service Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma and of the Canadian Valley Chapter in El Reno, Oklahoma, Major Gift Officer for the Central and Western Region of Oklahoma and Chief Development Officer of the Central and Western Region of Oklahoma. Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. A native of Oklahoma, Jake currently resides in Houston, Texas where he enjoys exploring the Texas Gulf Coast.
Regional Communications Officer
Jacqueline leads the communications and marketing team for the Texas Gulf Coast region. She is responsible for internal and external communication strategies, crisis management, community engagement and education. Prior to joining the Red Cross in 2018, she had the opportunity to handle public relations and community affairs for a petrochemical company, was Community Affairs Director for Fox 26 in Houston, was once appointed to a political position as a Communications Director, and started her career in broadcast as a news reporter, anchor and executive producer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from McNeese State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston. A native of Louisiana, Jacqueline currently resides in Rosharon, Texas with her husband and two sons.
Director of Transportation Services
Steve is responsible for managing the transportation of senior citizens, people with disabilities and chronically ill individuals to critical medical appointments throughout the Greater Houston area. His leadership results in thousands of trips per year for those who would not have other transportation options without the help of the Red Cross. Before joining the Red Cross as Manager of Customer Services in 2007, he spent 25 years in business leadership roles and co-owned an industrial packing and shipping firm. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of the South and is married with two children and five grandchildren.
Chester R. Jourdan, Jr.
Chester serves as the Executive Director for Southeast and Deep East Texas, where he works closely with community partners and is the face of the Red Cross in local communities. Previously, he was Executive Director for the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center and Executive Director of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, addressing regional initiatives through collaboration and cooperation with government and private sectors. Chester also served as the Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and worked for the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas. Chester was a member of the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division, respectively. In 2005 he engaged in relief efforts for thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina and helped lead efforts in the Hurricane Rita response that followed a month after. Chester holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Affairs from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. Chester resides in Port Neches, Texas and is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Alex is the Executive Director of the Coastal Bend Chapter, a community in which his family is firmly rooted, where he works closely with partners and is the face of the Red Cross in local communities. Alex Garcia was born and raised in Corpus Christi, managed his first grocery store at 15 and owned his first business (a laundry mat) at age 16. As an adult he went on to own five grocery stores, a restaurant, and several other businesses. As a dedicated leader and advocate, Alex was elected to the Corpus Christi City Council from 1997-1999 and served on various boards and committees. He currently works with a number of community organizations such as the Buccaneer Commission Scholarship, YMCA, Junior Achievement, Airport Advisory Board, Botanical Gardens, WBA and American Heart Association, just to name a few. Alex is a graduate of AA Del Mar College and University of Houston. He has been married to his wife Betty for 39 years, they have five children and five beautiful grandchildren.
David Luna serves as Executive Director of the South Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross which has offices in Harlingen and McAllen. David is no stranger to public service, he previously served as Executive Director of the Trauma Regional Advisory Council (TRAC), focusing on the coordination of emergency health care with EMS providers and hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley. Prior to TRAC, he worked for 15 years with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission as the Director of Border Affairs, coordinating health and human services for the Texas/Mexico region. He also worked for 25 years with the Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department as a clinician and administrator in various community and state programs.
David has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio TX. He is a Licensed Social Worker and a member of the Harlingen Lions Club. David and his wife Leticia live in Harlingen and have 3 children and 1 grandson.