Every March, we honor those who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible.
We invite you to join us by attending an event, volunteering, giving blood, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial donation.
Phone: 414-342-8680, or 800-236-8680
The Red Cross is here for you. Please call us at 800-236-8680.
Visit our Get Help page for additional resources.
Blood that is donated through the American Red Cross helps patients of all ages including cancer and sickle cell patients, trauma and burn patients, and patients with chronic diseases. Take a look at our eligibility requirements and schedule an appointment to give blood today. A one-time blood donation can save more than one life!
The American Red Cross provides help for members of the military, veterans, and their families to prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. Learn how our nonprofit helps active military members and veterans in Wisconsin.
The American Red Cross offers a selection of classes where you can learn and become certified in various lifesaving skills. Our nonprofit near you has both online and in-person options for CPR certification and CPR classes, first aid and water safety training, and child care training.
It’s easy to get involved with the Red Cross in Wisconsin. Local opportunities include becoming a trained disaster relief response volunteer helping people affected by home fires; supporting trauma, cancer, and other patients in need by donating blood, platelet, and plasma at our area blood drives; and learning CPR, First AID, and other lifesaving skills that will prepare you to respond to emergencies.
The best way to provide immediate relief to your neighbors facing emergency situations is through a monetary donation. Our disaster assistance programs rely heavily on the generous financial support of citizens in the Wisconsin region. Even if you only have a few dollars to spare, your donation to American Red Cross disaster relief will make a significant difference in the lives of those facing disasters. Make a one-time donation today either online, by phone, or by mail, or set up a recurring monthly donation to make an even bigger difference.
The humanitarian work that we do at American Red Cross would not be possible without our volunteers. We have a variety of disaster relief volunteer opportunities available, as well as potential positions focused on facility management, health and safety, service to the Armed Forces, and professional specialties like photography, IT, and more. Check out our current volunteer opportunities near you!
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Mark Thomas joined the American Red Cross of Wisconsin in December 2018 as both Regional CEO and Southeast Chapter Executive Director.
Thomas leads with a philosophy that people come first, starting with the dedicated Red Cross staff and more than 2,100 volunteers across Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. These teams make the Red Cross mission happen daily and thousands of times each year – for families displaced by a home fire, blood donors turning out for the first or 100^th^ time, service members returning home to be with family in their hour of need. High points for the Wisconsin Region during Thomas’s tenure so far include:
Thomas has deep nonprofit and for-profit executive experience, with strengths in sales and operations management, and strategic leadership skills. Thomas has led or participated in fundraising efforts for The American Heart Association, United Performing Arts Fund and The United Way. Most recently, he served as Vice President and COO for the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee. His professional background also includes leadership roles at The Milwaukee Business Journal, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A Milwaukee native who lives in Mequon with his family, Thomas has and currently serves on numerous nonprofit boards, and has been recognized on numerous occasions for his contributions to the community.
Board of Directors
John Griffith – Board Chair; V.P., Commercial Banking Officer, Old National Bank
Sue Shimoyama – Board Vice Chair; Retired
Steve Zamansky – Board Treasurer; V.P., Enterprise Risk Services, Kohl’s Corporation
David Pegorsch – Board Secretary; Director, Global Organization Development, Molson Coors
Patricia Ackerman – Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporation Responsibility & Sustainability and Treasurer A.O. Smith Corporation
Iain Boyd – V.P.,Operations Development, Snap-on Incorporated
David Ertmer – Senior Vice President, Claims, West Bend Mutual
Noah Fenceroy – Senior Managing Counsel, ManpowerGroup
Lisa George – Vice President- Total Rewards, WEC Energy Group/We Energies
Dr. Kenneth Harris – Concordia University
William Jessup – Police Chief, South Milwaukee Police Department
Phyllis King – Ph.D., OT, FAOTA, FASAHP, Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Christopher Kuranz – National Account Director, CSE powered by HALO
Aaron Lipski – Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department
Alexis MacDowall – Vice President and General Counsel, Global Litigation, Clarios
Sangeetha Rai – Technology & Customer Experience Executive, Northwestern Mutual
LaNelle Ramey – Executive Director, Mentor Greater Milwaukee
Colleen M. Reilly – V.P., Proposal and Presentation, Team Manager, U.S. Bank
Asra Sasmaz - Vice President, Internal Audit, Johnson Controls
Gregory A. Storm – Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Brian Suggs – Quality Director, Rockwell Automation
Mary Voelker – Ph.D., SPHR, Consultant, Consulting on Change
Leah Vukmir – VP of State Affairs, National Taxpayers Union
Peggy Williams-Smith – President & CEO, VISIT Milwaukee
Linda Cutler – Retired
Gregory Oberland – Retired
Mark Petrarca – Senior V.P., H.R. & Public Affairs, A. O. Smith Corporation
Red Cross Staff Members
Mark Thomas, Regional CEO
414-345-8640 (Office), 414-397-8901 (Cell), 262-242-5993 (Home)
Lisa Weisman, Regional Chief Development Officer
Michelle Goodwill, District Manager of Recruitment – Blood Services
For media inquiries, call (800) 236-8680, then dial 9
By Laura McGuire, American Red Cross Oscar Balderas and Kisiah Johnson are two long-time residents of the Monona Hills Apartments, and both woke to the sounds of smoke alarms and commotion at 3:42 a.m. on a Saturday morning, March 18 2023, in their respective apartments. Johnson called the fire department to confirm that the smoke […]Continue Reading
By Tom Ruse, American Red Cross Home fires claim an average of seven lives every day! As the American Red Cross of Wisconsin gears up for the annual Home Fire Campaign to encourage home fire readiness, we are sharing practical experiences from residents who’ve “been there”. Evelyn Rodgers from Milwaukee explains how she, and her […]Continue Reading