Indiana Region of American Red Cross announces departure of Southwest Chapter Executive Director Theo Boots

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross today announced that the southwest Indiana chapter’s executive director Theo Boots will leave the organization effective Dec. 31 to pursue personal opportunities. She will continue to support the Red Cross mission in a volunteer leadership capacity after her departure.

Theo Boots

“Theo Boots has provided extraordinary leadership to the Southwest Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross over the past five years. Her transformative leadership has alleviated human suffering and supported the development and sustainment of resilient communities in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois,” said Chad Priest, CEO of the American Red Cross – Indiana Region. “We are grateful for her humanitarian service, and her willingness to continue as a volunteer leader.”

Chad Priest

Boots joined the Red Cross as executive director in 2016. During her tenure, she created five leadership councils, a first in the Indiana Region, to focus on strategic programming addressing the needs of local communities, developed multiple community partnerships, raised millions of dollars to support humanitarian needs, and was responsible for inspiring a new wave of volunteers and blood donors in communities throughout southwest Indiana. She also served as president of the Southwest Indiana Community Organizations Active in Disasters (SWICOAD) – a network of local businesses, community organizations, and other nonprofits that fosters more effective response and recovery from disasters.  

Karen Hamilton

“Theo has been a visionary and trusted leader, whose acumen built a more safe, equitable, and transformative chapter,” said Karen Hamilton, board chair of the American Red Cross – Indiana Region Southwest Chapter. “The southwest chapter is well-positioned to drive the Red Cross mission forward throughout the communities we serve thanks to Theo’s leadership over the last five years.”

The organization will immediately begin the search for the southwest chapter’s next executive director. Interested candidates can apply at: