Deshun Avery joined the American Red Cross as the executive director for the Panhandle Plains Chapter in August 2023. The chapter consists of 41 counties with over 434,000 residents.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Avery served at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for 18 years. Avery helped create a values-based culture and provide leadership training and development classes to over 5,000 employees, who were located on various campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Midland, Odessa, Dallas, San Angelo and many more satellite locations throughout Texas including employees at 27 correctional facilities.
Avery has gleaned a wealth of inspiration from activist and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of his favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Working for the American Red Cross Avery plans to ‘do for others’ by helping to alleviate human suffering across the panhandle plains community.