Blake named head of Gulf Coast Red Cross

Charles K. Blake Jr., who has more than four decades of experience in disaster response, has been named chief executive of Texas Gulf Coast Region of the American Red Cross.
Blake has extensive disaster response experience. He was part of the national leadership team that deployed to Houston to help lead the local region during Hurricane Harvey. He also served with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as a senior relief delegate in Sri Lanka, managing the organization and distribution of supplies and equipment for the Cross. -Red during tsunami relief efforts.
Blake is a 24-year veteran of the Red Cross. He has spent the past eight years serving as the disaster division director for the organization’s Southwest and Rocky Mountain division covering 12 states, including Texas. Blake, a resident of Humble, Texas, will oversee Red Cross operations that cover 51 counties along the Gulf Coast. The Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross Region serves more than 9 million people in cities such as Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston and Rosenberg. With a team of over 3,000 volunteers, the region provides disaster relief and preparedness education; assistance to veteran military personnel and their families; and health and safety courses.
“I am so excited and honored to have been selected as Regional General Manager for the Texas Gulf Coast region,” Blake said. “Being from Houston, it’s such an honor to lead the incredible team of volunteers, staff and board members here on the Gulf Coast. As we enter hurricane season, I am thrilled to be able to lead the team from the front lines. “
For more information, readers can visit or, or on Twitter at @RedCross
Robin McCutcheongeneral manager of Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas was appointed to Solihten Institute National Board of Directors.
The Solihten Institute is an interfaith counseling network made up of more than 40 centers across the country. The Institute seeks to recruit, accredit and connect counseling centers in the work they provide. The work of the Solihten Institute practices one of the most effective paths to healing: spiritually integrated therapy. While each center designs services and programs to meet the needs of its communities, all Solihten member centers must obtain full accreditation to maintain strong organizational structures, effective management and professional accountability.
McCutcheon has served as Samaritan’s Executive Director since February 2018. She was asked to join the National Board of Directors because of her leadership in the areas of school curriculum and diversity work as well as health and development studies. of the brain. Samaritan Counseling provides mental/behavioral health services for all of Southeast Texas with offices located in Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur and Silsbee.
Jefferson County Judge Jeff R. Branick was re-elected to co-chair the National Association of Counties Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus which concluded its 2022 annual conference in Denver on July 24.
Many issues common to the nation’s 3,069 counties were discussed at the conference Branick attended. Association members have voted in committees on more than 200 resolutions aimed at shaping federal policies, laws and regulations important to county governments. The policy recommendations adopted in the committees form the associations’ national platform for 2022-2023 and are championed by association members in the U.S. Congress and in federal agencies.
Branick and Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales was reelected to co-chair the Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus comprised of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas coastal counties and coastal parishes of Louisiana.
Among the federal issues that the Gulf States caucus focused on in the environment, energy and land use committee that Branick attended were restarting oil and gas drilling in federal waters of the outer continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, new leasing and production of offshore wind and tidal energy, underground carbon capture and storage, federal wind and flood insurance policy, infrastructure water quality and public health and safety programs.
“It is an honor to help lead the Gulf States Caucus for a second term, as restarting offshore oil and gas leasing and preparing for offshore wind generation were important ‘must-have’ issues for Jefferson County,” Branick said. “Our region is also a leader in subsurface carbon capture and storage in the Gulf and shares water quality, flood control, and hurricane resilience policies with all coastal counties and parishes in the Gulf of Mexico. ”
For more information on these issues, readers may contact Branick at (409) 748-0247.

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