Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Welcome New Regional Executive and CEO

We are pleased to announce that longtime Vermont health and human services leader Larry Crist will be joining the American Red Cross as Regional Executive of the Vermont/New Hampshire Valley Region and CEO of the Northern Vermont Chapter effective September 27th.   

In the course of his career, Larry has managed organizations with budgets ranging from $100,000 to $40 million and staff teams ranging for 17 to 400 employees.  He began his career with community-based organizations engaged in reform within the corrections system in New Orleans and Boston.  Larry moved to Vermont in 1986, and since that time, his work has been valued by several administrations in the Governor’s office.  Larry was Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health from 1990-91, and from 1991-96 served as Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Aging & Disabilities, during which time he successfully led long term care reform efforts in the state.  Larry rejoined the Vermont Department of Health in 1996 as Director of the Division of Health Protection and has been Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Medical Services since 2007.  Larry has worked tirelessly with and on behalf of communities across the state, building coalitions with diverse constituencies, managing and mobilizing community-based volunteers, and advocating for vulnerable and underserved communities.  He has partnered extensively with the Red Cross through his work leading Vermont’s response to the H1N1 Pandemic, and in roles such as Incident Director of the State Operations Center and Chair of the Vermont Terrorism Task Force.

Larry holds a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University, a Master of Science and Social Services from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Nicholls University.

Please join us in welcoming Larry to the American Red Cross.