Milton resident Joyce Gallagher Sullivan was recently appointed as the Director of Institutional Giving and Development Operations at the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
Gallagher Sullivan will be tasked with fundraising almost $2 million to support various Red Cross initiatives, annually. She has served as the interim director since January 2012.
The 25-year Milton resident recently spoke with Milton Patch about the her background, the job and future goals.
How long have you lived in Milton?
Our family has lived in Milton for 25 years. My husband Gene and I have two daughters, ages 21 and 30.
Please share a little of your professional background that led you to this new position.
I began my career in the Public Affairs department at WBZ-TV. During my tenure there, I won two New England EMMY Awards for public service campaigns, which I wrote and produced. My work in the non-profit sector includes stints at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the American Cancer Society.
What are the basic responsibilities of your position as the Director of Institutional Giving and Development Operations?
I will be working with area corporations and foundations, generating support for the American Red Cross, our programs and our mission: to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Programs include comprehensive disaster assistance, two food pantries, youth programs, and healthcare job training.
What is the most rewarding part of working for the American Red Cross?
I have been very impressed by the high caliber of the volunteers and staff, who are so dedicated to serving the community. Being a part of the team is an honor.
What are some of your future goals now that you've taken over the position on a permanent basis?
My goals include increasing corporate and foundation support for the Red Cross, and also raising awareness about the many ways that they can become involved with the Red Cross, from volunteering in one of our two food pantries, to taking a CPR course.
In addition, we are already planning our annual signature corporate event for women, Women Who Care. The breakfast is set for September 27, 2012, at the Westin Hotel in Boston. I hope we will be able to build on its past success.