National Young Professionals Council

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The American Red Cross National Young Professionals Council (NYPC) builds the capacity of the American Red Cross by engaging and supporting volunteers and donors between the ages of 21 and 40. The group is led by young professional volunteers and staff members and local young professional Red Cross leaders and regional members, as well as subject matter experts in disaster management, fundraising, humanitarian initiatives, volunteer engagement and youth marketing. The Council leverages the work experience and broad skill sets of young professionals in order to further the mission of the American Red Cross.

Meet the 2016 – 2017 members of the NYPC below.

Cristen Hodgers, Chair

Cristen Hodgers was appointed to serve as NYPC chair in July of 2015.  She first joined the Red Cross as a volunteer with the Nevada Region, where she served in leadership positions with Disaster Services and Service to the Armed Forces. She received the region’s 2014 Volunteer Leadership award in recognition of her efforts, and was recognized with a for her contributions towards Building Community Resilience by the Senior Vice President of Disaster Cycle Services in 2015. In 2016, Cristen started a disaster recovery procurement consultancy called Fight Floods Inc., operating in Texas and Washington DC. Prior to Fight Floods, she worked at Pebble Black North America as Director of Development.  Her professional affiliations include American Association for Political Consultants, International Association of Emergency Managers, National Center for Crisis Management and World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

Nathan Bauer

Nathan Bauer began his Red Cross volunteerism as a member of his local Club Red chapter in Omaha, Nebraska where he volunteers with fundraising and on the regional biomed committee. He is actively involved in both orchestrating blood drives and raising awareness for the Red Cross, as well as coaching a team for the Special Olympics.  Nathan is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and is a former Business Analyst for Gallup, Inc.

Jordan Cline

Jordan Cline began her Red Cross service as a volunteer in San Antonio, TX in 2014. Her Red Cross volunteer experience included becoming a member of the Disaster Action Team and community outreach programming. She also served as an intern in Volunteer Services. Jordan served as the founding president of the Red Cross Club at the University of Texas San Antonio, leading the club to be awarded “Most Outstanding new Student Organization” in their inaugural year.  In 2015, Jordan was honored to receive the Youth Leadership Award from the Greater San Antonio Area Chapter. She is a participant in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Division’s Disaster Cycles Services Mentoring Program.  Jordan currently works for the Red Cross as Service to the Armed Forces Specialist in the Central and South Texas Region in San Antonio, Texas. Outside of her Red Cross work, Jordan is working on a master’s degree in nonprofit management.

Austin Creswell

Pursuing his passion of disaster response and recovery, Austin Creswell began his Red Cross career as a volunteer and worked his way to become a Disaster Program Manager based in Phoenix.  Austin has been on many disaster responses carrying out the Red Cross mission to those affected by devastating severe weather incidents.  Over the years at the Red Cross in Arizona, Austin has worked to build up his region’s disaster department and is very enthusiastic about supporting Red Cross volunteers to develop strong partnerships with staff by serving as volunteer partners.  He is passionate about the Home Fire Campaign, a life saving initiative to keep communities safe from the danger of home fires.  Outside of the Red Cross, Austin is involved with Rotary and Alpha Phi Omega, an international service fraternity.

Taelor Duckworth 

Taelor Duckworth began her Red Cross career in May of 2015 when her home state of Texas was experiencing torrential rains and devastating damage from floods and tornadoes. She worked as a volunteer on the public affairs team for two weeks until her first official day as a staff member. Jumping in head first, she was tasked with managing Red Cross social media communication in Texas. Taelor has deployed physically or virtually to 14 disasters across the U.S. in her first year with the Red Cross. She is passionate about helping others tell their stories and building engaging online communities. She currently serves as the Digital Communications Specialist for the American Red Cross North Texas Region where she manages the operation of the Dallas Digital Operations Center (DigiDOC), one of three Red Cross social media
listening centers. In 2016, Taelor received the Employee Rookie of the Year award by the North Texas Region.  Taelor also volunteers as an alumna member of Kappa Delta sorority as a recruitment advisor.

Julia Duncan 

Julia Duncan began her engagement with the Red Cross as a youth volunteer with the Palo Alto, California (now Silicon Valley) Chapter. She currently serves as the vice chair of the National Capital Region’s Rally for Red young professionals group. She is a CERT member and a HAM radio operator. She
co-founded and is now chair emeritus of the LifeMoves NextGen Advisory Board focusing on homelessness in Silicon Valley. Julia is a volunteer with Covenant House, DC and is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She currently works for the U.S. State Department in the Office of Global Food Security. Previously, she has worked at Google, The White House and on Capitol Hill.

James Knowles

James Knowles has worked as Manager of Donor Relations for the American Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming region since September of 2012. In addition to managing a portfolio of individual donors and key accounts, James is the staff liaison for the Mile High chapter’s young professionals group, Behind The Red. While at the Red Cross, James has deployed to the Northern California Wildfires of 2015, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in 2014 as a part of the Colorado Wyoming Fund Development Team, and shepherded Behind The Red to exceeding its goals for the past two years. As a community volunteer, James currently serves on the Young Professionals Committee of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He is also a former member of the board of directors of the Colorado Professional Researchers for Advancement and the Colorado MahlerFest.

Elena Luca

Elena Luca is passionate about philanthropy and community engagement.  She serves in leadership positions in the American Red Cross, Junior League of Miami, and Tri Delta Sorority.  A dedicated volunteer with the Red Cross for over nine years, Elena is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, a third year member of the National Young Professionals Council and a Community Volunteer Leader for her home region.  She served a three year term on the National Council for Tiffany Circle. As a member of the National Council for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, she served on the committees for Holiday Mail for Heroes, Membership, Governance, Summit, and currently serves as the New Member Liaison.  Elena received the Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award at the 2015 22nd Annual Spectrum Awards for Women.  Outside of her philanthropy work, Elena is the Vice President for a private research center focusing on nutrition.

Daniel Terrio

Born and raised on the Stockbridge Munsee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin, Dan Terrio began his Red Cross journey at the age of 14 following his recovery from injuries he sustained in a car and train accident. After his accident, Dan experienced the power that the American Red Cross has to save lives when he was the recipient of five lifesaving units of blood. He made a vow to devote his life to the organization that saved him. More than 19 years later, Dan has continued his involvement with the Red Cross in a wide variety of ways as a volunteer and fundraiser. He has served as a blood drive coordinator, and now serves as a member of the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Board of Directors and a member of the local Club Red young professionals group.  He also coordinates his chapter’s annual Throwback Prom fundraiser.  Most recently he raised $30,000 as a participant in the 2016 Dancing With Our Stars Fundraiser in Green Bay, WI. Dan is employed as a National Learning Facilitator with Humana. He is also an award winning motivational speaker, leadership trainer and a strong advocate for blood donation.

Jeany Zhao

Jeany’s volunteer engagement with the Red Cross began by assisting with the Santa Monica Chapter’s Red Tie Affair in 2011. She helped form the Los Angeles Region Young Professionals group (Red Cross NextGen) and is the current chair. She is passionate about connecting people with opportunities to give back. She has over twelve years of expertise in data technology solutions and analytics. She is also a small business owner in the fuel solutions industry, having founded Green Vision LLC six years ago.

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