San Diego, January 21, 2010 – Tenured American Red Cross disaster respondent Bonnie Gillespie arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Tuesday to assist ongoing relief efforts following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the nation’s capital.

Gillespie brings years of experience working on international relief operations to the Red Cross teams on the ground, including working in Banda Aceh in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Gillespie will be available for scheduled interviews regarding the ongoing work of the American Red Cross and other partners in Haiti.

Most recently Gillespie has worked as an Advocacy Director for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications programs leading strategic communication efforts in Washington and globally for increased funding for global health programs. Gillespie also has years of experience working with American Red Cross disaster relief operations.  She has responded to more than 30 international disasters, and has also traveled throughout Africa as a Red Cross Measles Initiative team member.

Gillespie received her undergraduate degree from Delta State University in Mississippi and taught English in China upon graduation.  She later received her master’s in journalism at Johns Hopkins University. She is a trained in psychosocial support crisis intervention and malaria programming and continues to work as a professional photographer and freelance writer when her schedule permits.

WHAT:  Bonnie Gillespie, experienced American Red Cross disaster respondent available for interviews on relief effort in Haiti.

WHERE:  Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Red Cross operations center

WHEN:  Thursday, February 4 – Saturday, February 20, 2010 (Exact end date TBD)

HOW:  Contact the local Red Cross Chapter at 858-309-1271 or ellen.agey@sdarc.org with the following details:

  • · Request date(s), time slot(s)
  • · Taped/live feed, broadcast channel, inquiry deadline
  • · Requester contact information including direct phone, email
  • · Name of organization
  • · Availability of crew member on ground or required use of feed

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.

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Ellen L. Agey
Manager, Development and Communications +American Red Cross
San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
3950 Calle Fortunada
San Diego, CA 92123-1827 Main Office: (858) 309-1200
Direct Line: (858) 309-1271 Fax: (858) 309-1280 E-mail: ellen.agey@sdarc.org

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