The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross movement.
Since the first Arkansas Red Cross Chapter was established in 1917 in Hot Springs, our incredible volunteers have been a lifeline for Arkansans. From historic responses starting with the Great Flood of 1927, requiring three years of disaster relief to Arkansans, to mass feedings during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, Red Cross volunteers continue to lifesaving care for Arkansans.
Arkansas volunteers proudly lend caring hands to others across the country in need of care after weather related and man-made disasters, putting into action American Red Cross care down the street, across the country, around the world.
A native of Oklahoma City, he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa but returned home after high school to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.
“To lead these people — it’s an opportunity of a lifetime. Too few people understand the broad scope of programs and services the Red Cross offers our communities as well as to our men and women in uniform. That is about to change.”
The American Red Cross is ready to reach new heights under the leadership of recently appointed Regional Chief Executive Officer, Brad Barghols. Barghols is the CEO of a region that encompasses both Oklahoma and Arkansas. Those two states comprise the most disaster-prone region in the country. He brings more than 26 years of non-profit leadership and business acumen to the region.
“I have spent my time initially traveling our region and meeting and learning from the volunteers and paid staff that makeup the Red Cross,” Barghols said. “I stand in awe of those selfless people who work tirelessly to ensure that the needs of their communities are met before, during, and after disaster.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Barghols worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he began as a district director in Tulsa and ended 26 years later as chief executive of the Western Division at the national MDA headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.
Barghols’ leadership centers around building positive cultures internally and lasting, mutually beneficial relationships externally. The Red Cross has been there for Oklahomans and Arkansans for 100 years, and his goal is to expose and engage more people in its critical and lifesaving mission.
“My career began in Oklahoma,” he said. “I am proud of my professional accomplishments, but I am most proud of this moment. I have a chance to lend my experience to this noble organization and positively impact people in an area of the country that is very important to me and my extended family”
Brad and his wife Shannon have been married 23 years and have three children.