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I currently serve as the Blood Donor Recruitment Director for the American Red Cross for North and South Carolina. I have a Community Engagement background with national non-profit experience..

I have been married to my husband, John, for over 35 years. We have two wonderful sons and daughter-in-laws. In 2018 we were blessed with our first grandchild.

I was born and raised on a farm near Shelby NC. I attended college at UNC Charlotte where I was active in several campus groups and received a BS degree in Biology. My husband, John, and I met at UNCC and married in 1983. We have two sons, Adam and Elijah and a lovely daughter-in-law, Elizabeth. I took a job after college with the American Red Cross where I worked for 26 years. I left the Red Cross to work for the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match handling all community engagement activity for the Eastern US and Puerto Rico and was there for 8 years. I worked for a short period as the Volunteer Coordinator for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and am now back with the American Red Cross. I am loving this time of my life.
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A long standing marriage to the love of my life and two amazing sons who are hard workers and self sufficient.

Non-Profit Job Experience, People management and team building skills.

Always be networking. My jobs have not always involved local relationships - more regional and national level relationships. When I lost my job unexpectedly in 2015 I found myself without a strong local network and have had to work hard to build one. Always be networking. You never know when you will need that network and besides - you meet a lot of really nice and interesting people!

Sandy Rees - founder of "Get Fully Funded". She is a business consultant out of Tennessee. She is funny and sharp, tailors things to her audience and makes you happy when you are with her. She is an expert in her field but makes learning fun.


Attitude is everything. No one wants to be around someone who is sad, down or negative. It is important to be a person people enjoy chatting with, working with and being around.