Kara Nickens joined the American Red Cross North Texas Region as the executive director for the Texas Big Country Chapter in June 2023. Nickens is based in Wichita Falls, where she engages with community stakeholders and oversees Red Cross programs and services from Wichita Falls to Abilene, San Angelo, Brownwood and everything in between.
Before joining the Red Cross, Kara served as the chief executive officer for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. During her tenure at the food bank, they implemented several new programs including a mobile pantry program that delivered food to people in food deserts who might not otherwise have access to nutritious food. Under her leadership, the food bank doubled the amount of food distributed.
Kara received a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and spent the first 20-plus years of her career serving as the executive director for private living and day habilitation programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.