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Carbajal new executive director of local Red Cross chapter

Staff report • Oct 7, 2019 at 9:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Heather Carbajal has been named executive director of the Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross in Kingsport.

Carbajal most recently served as the disaster program manager of the Mid-West Tennessee Chapter in Jackson.

“Heather has a very strong background in team development, volunteer recruitment and relationship management,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive director for the American Red Cross of Tennessee. “Her experience with the Red Cross in Tennessee these last three years will prove her well with her new chapter. In addition to managing the Disaster Cycle Services Program for the counties in the Mid-West area, she also served as a regional subject matter expert for information and planning.”

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Carbajal served as a team leader for AmeriCorps NCCC, where she managed a group of young adults as they traveled around the country completing service projects with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and nonprofit agencies.

Carbajal graduated from Austin Peay State University, where she earned her degree in public relations. In her spare time, Carbajal is an avid reader, volunteers with a local animal rescue and is on her church’s children’s ministry team.

“I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the people she will serve in those 13 counties in Northeast Tennessee and we look forward to her leadership in the area,” Sullivan said.

Carbajal assumed her new position as chapter executive on Tuesday.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee serves Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties in Tennessee.

 The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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