Local Red Cross Names New Director of Disaster Services - Southern Maryland Headline News

Local Red Cross Names New Director of Disaster Services

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 29, 2007) — The American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter, on Wednesday announced that Gregory Jones Sr. has been selected to be the Director of Disaster Services, effective December 1, 2007.

“On behalf of the entire Board, the Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross is delighted to welcome such a capable and compassionate leader whose proven experience and leadership skills will bring valuable expertise to better prepare the Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross to prevent, prepare and respond to the nation’s critical needs,” said Mike Zabko, CEO of the Southern Maryland Chapter American Red Cross, in a statement. “We know Greg will bring new energy and drive terrific results when his tenure officially begins next month.”

According to Zabco, Jones brings to the Red Cross an accomplished management record in both the public and private sectors with a broad and diverse civilian, volunteer, and military background that is well suited to meet the challenges of this position.

Zabco says Jones has had extensive formal training and real-world experience with disaster services and emergency response in a wide range of roles. He has managed and supervised multiple organizations at senior levels, which have included the full range of personnel administration responsibilities, federal budget planning, justification, and execution, strategic planning, and is certified as a Red Cross Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Incident Command Liaison for local government EOC’s and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Jones has been an active volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1971. As a former paramedic and MIEMMS Emergency Medical Technician and ambulance instructor for 12 years, he maintains his Maryland EMT certification and has completed numerous disaster, fire, and rescue courses. He also serves as a certified instructor, mentor, and examiner for a nationwide emergency communications training program.

For over 6 years, Jones has been active as a volunteer with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court Program, serving as the senior adult volunteer, jury monitor, bailiff, and most recently, as a Community Judge.

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