Meet Gina. She is a disaster program manager for our region. Her kindness, compassion and dedication make her an asset to our region and the communities we serve.
Q: What does your title mean?
A: As a Disaster Program Manager, my title means I’m responsible for program management and the engagement of volunteers. I also focus a lot on the planning, recruiting, training and development of community relationships.
Q: How long have you been with the Red Cross?
A: I've been with the Red Cross for a total of 12 years. I started as a volunteer for two years and I have been a staff member for 10 years.
Q: What do you like most about your work?
A: I enjoy building sustainable relationships and working with exceptional people. I like the variety of tasks my job holds, opportunities given and how every day is different. I also enjoy working with individuals who have common interests, while also serving our mission in our communities.
Q: What do you listen to during the day?
A: My dogs fighting and playing.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t working?
A: I'm working on my house, gardening, caring for my pets and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings-SKOL! I also spend time with my son.
Q: What has most surprised you while working with the Red Cross?
A: The compassion and kindness of others. And the team atmosphere at the Red Cross of both employees and volunteers.
Q: What is a Red Cross moment that has stuck with you?
A: When I was deployed to North Carolina for a shelter task force, I met a Vietnam veteran who gave me his service coin because I took a personal interest in him and his story.
To learn more about how you can be part of the Red Cross mission, visit redcross.org/volunteer.