June 2014 Volunteers of the Month

June Volunteer Spotlight

Central Texas Chapter: Lisa Bovee

Lisa Bovee is a go-to public affairs volunteer who never hesitates to try something new. She works with the media like she was born to do it and supports her fellow volunteers when they need backup. Lisa leads by example in everything she does, and is never afraid to try something new. If there is a job that needs to get done, she is happy to pitch in and help.

West Central Texas Chapter: Tammy Haines

Tammy is one of our newer volunteers but definitely does not act like it.  She has taken up any opportunity to increase her role within the Red Cross and is also an active DAT responder and helps cover the office on Fridays.  In addition, she has been an active voice for the Red Cross in the community and through her we have added additional volunteers to the chapter. Thank you for your service!

Hill Country Chapter: Kathleen Marshall

Kathleen, or “Ms. Kathy” as we affectionately call her, is one of our office squad volunteers and is a friendly face who greets our visitors on 333 Earl Garrett.   She is very helpful around the office and is always eager to keep herself busy.   She is reliable and really seeks to improve things throughout the chapter office.

Heart of Texas Chapter: Bill Madden

Bill Madden has been a dedicated volunteer with us for many years. From helping maintain our Emergency Vehicle to lending a hand at any event we have, Bill is ready and willing to help! Recently, he spent a few weeks in Arkansas helping with Mass Care/Feeding after the tornadoes.  His generous and open personality helped make the Red Cross’ efforts there a huge success and we are grateful to have such an amazing volunteer with us!


May Volunteer Spotlight

West Central Texas Volunteer of the Month:  Fred Anderson  

FVolunteer_May_Fredred has been with the West Central Texas chapter for more than a year and has recently assumed an increased leadership role.   He is currently a Disaster Assessment Team member who has responded to several fires.  Additionally, he took on the role of Disaster Assessment Lead and has been analyzing potential points of concern within the chapter area.


Hill Country Volunteer of the Month:  Jacquelyn Lacefield

Volunteer_May_JackieJackie has been volunteering with the Red Cross for only a few months, but has become active in many different areas. She primarily volunteers with Preparedness Health and Safety Services, and she recently completed a large inventory project and helped out with a first aid tent at a large event over the Easter holiday.




Heart of Texas Volunteer of the Month: Edward Jaworksy

Ed JaworskyEdward Jaworsky has been a fantastic Red Cross volunteer with us since October when h​e immediately stepped up to help during the Austin Flooding. Aside from being a Disaster Assessment volunteer, he recently became one of our newest Disaster Services Technology volunteers in Waco! Edward has spent part of the past month whipping our office technology into shape. We are so thankful for his expertise and service.




Central Texas Volunteer of the Month: Jo Anne Ortiz

Volunteer_May_JoAnneJo Anne is a fearless leader of the Public Affairs team and a skilled Red Cross instructor. From teaching workshops to responding to fires to attending community outreach events, she never hesitates to represent the Red Cross in our community. Thank you, Jo Anne!

Red Cross volunteers facilitate shelter operations

Providing Help and Hope After Disaster: One Year Ago, Six Months Ago and Today

A Letter from Marty McKellips, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Central Texas Region

Dear Friends of the Red Cross,

Today marks the six month anniversary of the deadly Halloween floods in Austin. We have just passed the one year anniversary of the tragic fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.  Today the American Red Cross is deeply involved in assisting people in Midwestern and Southern states begin their recovery from devastating storms and tornadoes.  During each of these disasters the Red Cross has supplied food, water, shelter, medications, mental health assistance and hope.

The support of our entire community is what has made this assistance possible.  Even as we continue to work in all these communities, I wanted to update you on how your support is being used to help families survive and recover.  Below are reports about Red Cross services and programs in all three of these disasters.  I have included the story of one flood victim, Viola Brown.  Ms. Brown is a great example of an extremely resilient person who just needed a little boost from the Red Cross.  Your help gave her that boost.

I invite you to read these stories to appreciate how much you have helped people on their very worst day.  From the bottom of my heart,  thank you for making these stories possible.  If you are moved to support us now as we work with the victims of spring storms and tornadoes,  visit www.redcross.org or call us at (512) 929-4271.

Central Texas Halloween Floods: Six Months Later Mental Health Visit

In the 6 months since record rainfall caused flash flooding in the early morning hours of Halloween, more than 1,200 have begun rebuilding their lives after their homes were damaged or destroyed by the flood waters. American Red Cross responders and caring Central Texans sprang into action and worked tirelessly to help families touched by the disaster get back on their feet.

Today, six months after the flood waters began rising Halloween morning, the American Red Cross is a partner in long range recovery efforts and continues to provide services for some affected families. The Red Cross is also working with community groups and officials to strengthen the resilience of affected communities and Central Texans generally. We say thank you to everyone who participated in or donated to our response efforts!

Your support came at a critical time for the American Red Cross of Central Texas and helped disaster clients like Viola Brown, whose home was devastated by the 2013 Halloween floods. Your support has made a difference! Your generosity tells our families that someone believes in them, someone they might not even know and that is powerful. You are moving the Red Cross mission forward, thank you!


Spotlight: A Story of Survival


Response by the NumbersATXFloods_CleanUp

The American Red Cross gave shelter, food, water, relief supplies and other support to families-thanks to the generosity of our donors:

  • Served 101,514 meals and snacks
  • Handed out 14,153 relief items
  • Mobilized 328 workers
  • Provided 1,608 health and mental contacts


One Year Update: West, Texas Fertilizer Plant ExplosionMark Felton in front of Apartments

One year ago, an explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the close-knit community of West, Texas. Known for its deep Texas roots and Czech heritage, the town of West has proven its resilience and strength as the residents heal and rebuild after experiencing the unthinkable. Please click here for the West One Year Report.


Spring Storms:  Red Cross is on the Ground

The Red Cross has opened and supported shelters in seven states.  As weather permits the Red Cross is distributing snacks and relief supplies in the impacted communities.  Two Emergency response vehicles  from the Central Texas Region have been sent to help with this distribution.  Trained mental health volunteers are being deployed from across the United States to provide mental health and emotional support for those who have lost so much.  Preparedness messages are being sent throughout the regions where additional storms are predicted for the coming hours and days.  We will stay with these communities as they begin the long road back to recovery.

Again, thank you for making all of this possible.  Without you, the Red Cross could not fulfill our humanitarian mission.





April Volunteer Spotlight

Heart of Texas Chapter: Beverly Dull


Beverly is our power house Disaster Lead for the Heart of Texas Chapter. From handling shelter agreements, setting the training schedule, and teaching new software, there is not much that Beverly can’t do.

Beverly is in the office almost every day and single-handedly ran the Waco office Disaster Action Team response without a blink of an eye for a good part of March. Beverly Dull truly embodies the heart of the Red Cross. Her passion and commitment to helping others sets the bar high for what the Red Cross looks for in volunteers.


West Central Texas Chapter: Jeanette Chesser

Jeannette Chesser

Based in Brownwood, Jeannette is a Disaster Action Team Captain and an invaluable asset to the chapter.  She has responded to numerous fires and has mentored new team members.   With her help, the Brownwood area volunteer base has grown into an energetic and vibrant group.


Central Texas Chapter: Mike McDiarmid

Mike McDiarmid

Mike is a new volunteer with our Logistics team in Austin. Seconds after his application finished processing and be became an official volunteer he was driving the trucks around and helping to fix them. He’s done multiple blanket runs to San Antonio and Waco while simultaneously completing his introductory training. He has quickly become a go-to Logistics driver.


Hill Country Chapter: Patti Morin

Patti Morin

Patti is one of the volunteer leads with the Hill Country Chapter in Kerrville.  She works at the Veterans Hospital and has been a great representative of the volunteers in a time of transition for the chapter.  She has helped keep the Red Cross mission moving forward over the past year in the Hill Country.




Would you like to become a Red Cross Volunteer? Visit our website for more information!


Austin Red Cross Raises Record $294,000 at Luminaria 2014

On Friday, April 4th the American Red Cross of Central Texas hosted Luminaria, its annual fundraising gala, at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. The organization raised a record $294,000 for disaster relief services in the Central Texas community.

In addition to raising funds for its lifesaving mission, the Red Cross honored distinguished individuals and organizations that provided outstanding support of the Red Cross in Central Texas over the past year, including Admiral Bobby R. Inman, Lady Bird Johnson Humanitarian of the Year; Whole Foods Market, Public Partner of the Year; and Tom Davis, Greg Coleman Tribute Award recipient (posthumously).

The evening was made possible by the following generous sponsors.


Presenting Sponsors


Emerson Logo 2



Radiant Sponsors





Illuminating Sponsors

Ann S. Butler/Beth & Tom Granger


Eleanor Crook

Dean Thomas Gilligan & Christie Skinner

Robert L. Hutchings/Robert M. Chesney/William Inboden

Greg & Cindy Kozmetsky

LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Ltd.

Lyndon Olson & Jack Martin

Robert & Maia Reeves

Moreland Properties

Eric & Keri Stumberg


Brilliant Sponsors

Hamilton, Pyle & Bowman, LLP

Husch Blackwell, LLP

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Dr. Gordon Jones

Red & Charline McCombs

Nationwide Insurance

Randalls Food Markets

Sabre Commercial, Inc.

Hank & Lyssa Seale


Shining Sponsors

Capital Metro

Pat & Bill Derrickson

Bill & Marianne Dorman

Hugh Forrest

Frost: Banking Investments Insurance

GSD&M & Judy’s Foundation

Admiral & Mrs. Bobby R. Inman

Stanley & Kelly Kolodzey

Raymond James Financial, Inc.

St. David’s HealthCare


Mark Your Calendar for Amplify Austin 2014


Your American Red Cross of Central Texas is excited to participate in Amplify Austin 2014, a citywide online day of giving hosted by I Live Here, I Give Here. Last year, Amplify Austin raised $2.8 million for 300 Austin nonprofits. This year’s goal is $4 million for the more than 400 nonprofits participating.

When is Amplify Austin?

Amplify Austin will begin at 6:00pm on March 20th and ends at 6:00pm on March 21st.

Why Give through Amplify Austin?

Giving on Amplify Austin day helps your donation go further in assisting Austin nonprofits through its incentive pool:

  • Four “Drum Solo” Grand Prizes
    • $5,000 for the nonprofit with the most total dollars raised during the entire 24 hour Amplify Austin event
    • $5,000 for the nonprofit with the most dollars raised during the first six hours of the event: 6pm, March 20 – Midnight March 21
    • $5,000 for the nonprofit with the most individual donors
    • $5,000 for the nonprofit with the most individual fundraisers
  • 48 Hourly “Bass Booster” Prizes
    • $1,000 for the nonprofit with the most unique donors
    • $1,000 for the nonprofit that raises the most dollars

How Do I Get Involved with the Red Cross for Amplify Austin?

  • Mark your calendars for March 20, 2014 at 6:00pm
  • View our Amplify Austin profile and add us to your list of favorites
  • Use the set it and forget it feature to schedule your donation for the American Red Cross of Central Texas at any time before the event
  • Sign up to be an individual fundraiser for the Red Cross through our profile page and recruit your friends

February Volunteer Spotlight

Central Texas Chapter: Shirley Maguire


Shirley is a new volunteer with the American Red Cross, and she jumped right in to support Service to the Armed Forces. She helps conduct family follow-up for emergency communications messages and volunteers at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic.

Heart of Texas Chapter: Deb MacDonald


Deb is always willing to turn her hand to anything. She currently serves on the AOC roster, the Killeen DAT team and as an SAF case worker.  Deb is currently working on becoming an instructor for Disaster Services. She can always be trusted to assist when the need arises, whether it be office support or covering for the Disaster Program Specialist.   Deb is always taking classes to expand her knowledge and skills.  She is a great asset to the Killeen community and the Red Cross.


West Central Texas Chapter: Diana Jernigan


Diana is a relatively new volunteer with the Red Cross. Since joining last summer, she has tackled many new responsibilities, including responding to her very first fire as a DAT responder and deploying to help with the Austin flooding on the chapter Emergency Response Vehicle.


Hill Country Chapter: Vicki Cobb


Vicki Cobb has been a Red Cross Volunteer for well over 5 years and has had several deployments as DOVE. Vicki is passionate about the Red Cross and uses her organizational skills to keep her beloved JC out of trouble and keeping individuals affected by natural disasters fed! Vicki has a true servant’s heart that overflows into the smile she gives when greeting clients coming to our ERVs for food.
Vicki was recently added to our Regional Disaster Instructor Team and looks forward to training other volunteers. She is also working on completing CAS training to help with client data entry at the local chapter!

Would you like to become a Red Cross Volunteer? Visit our website for more information!

No50kL Giveaway

Night of 50,000 Lives Ticket Giveaway

Win two tickets to an unforgettable evening at one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013!

On February 13th, the American Red Cross of Central Texas will host an exclusive dinner at Sway to raise funds for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, a global health partnership that aims to eradicate measles worldwide by 2020.

Sway Executive Chef Alexis Chong will prepare and present a spectacular 5-course menu, featuring award-winning modern Thai cuisine and hand-selected beverage pairings. For $250, this special evening offers 100 guests the opportunity to dine at one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013 while helping to dramatically reduce mortality rates for measles and rubella. Click here to purchase tickets.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still make a contribution of any amount towards our goal of saving 50,000 lives by the evening of February 13th.  With $1, you can vaccinate one child and save a life. With your help, we can save 50,000 lives in one special evening. Visit our Crowdrise page today to make a donation.

Now for the giveaway details…

Between now and midnight on Sunday, Febraury 9th, anyone who donates $20 or more to the Night of 50,000 Lives Crowdrise page will be entered to win two tickets to the exclusive dinner at Sway! Anyone who has already donated will also automatically be entered to win.

The winner will be chosen and announced on Facebook on Monday, February 10th.

CleanUp supplies

January Volunteer Spotlight

Central Texas Chapter: Laura Flores

Laura is a fairly new Volunteer with the Central Texas Chapter. She has taken a very proactive approach and submerged herself in all lines of service. During the Halloween Floods, Laura volunteered in Mass Care Sheltering and Client Casework with great success. She rallied her fellow AmeriCorps members to help with the flooding as well. We look forward to seeing her Red Cross career flourish as she continues to participate on our Team! Thank you Laura!

Heart of Texas Chapter: Allen Butcher

This well-deserved nomination is for Allen Butcher’s unwavering dedication to the Heart of Texas Chapter. Allen Butcher has shown great dedication. Many of our volunteers go the extra mile and help during disasters, Allen has been helping prepare for them. Cleaning and organizing the office, stocking the garage with enough supplies to respond to a medium size disaster. He has been a great help. Few people know that Allen is also the National Fleet Officer for the emergency response vehicles in Mississippi. His passion to serve his community is only matched by his love for the Red Cross.

West Central Texas Chapter: Larry Paddock

Larry has been with the American Red Cross for about 9 years. He is a DAT captain with the American Red Cross. This past month he led a to an MFD in San Angelo and worked tirelessly to help set up a shelter and provide services for clients. Larry also is someone who likes to improve and increase efficiency within the chapter disaster response. He is full of great of ideas. His knowledge outside of the American Red Cross has proved to be a vital asset to our DAT team.

Hill Country Chapter: Mary Ann Sultemeier

Mary Ann Sultemeier has been a tremendous asset to the Hill Country Chapter in her role as training coordinator. This is an exceptionally challenging task as it involves coordinating three different training rooms. In three Junction, Kerrville and Fredericksburg. She is a DAT member helping cover Blanco County. Since September 2013 she has been gradually taking more of a leadership role with the chapter.