New Board Officers Elected for Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region

July 13, 2011


Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region Elects 2011-2012 Board Officers at June 29 Annual Meeting



(Nashville, Tenn., July 13, 2011)


The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross elected three Board Officers to serve 2011-2012 at its annual meeting on June 29.


Valisa Thompson is Board Chairman.  Valisa runs Unlimited Publicity, a public relations firm she started in 2006.  Prior to that, she served as Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and as CEO/President of the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce.  Valisa is currently serving a five year term on the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  She is also a member of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus and CABLE.  Valisa is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she earned a degree in speech communications.


“I was honored to be a part of the American Red Cross Board of Directors and now the recent vote to appoint me as the 2011-12 board chair is an awesome opportunity. The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region needs its community to be dedicated to giving the Gift of Life. I will be a committed leader to help ensure further and deeper connections to our community to bring life long donors to this region,” says Thompson.

Kamaria Mack is Vice Chair.  Kamaria currently works as an admissions recruiter for Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy.  She previously worked at WKRN News 2 and McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations.  Kamaria volunteers with various non-profit organizations, including the Nashville Area Chapter of the Red Cross and was honored as one of Nashville's 2011 Top 30 Under 30 professionals and philanthropists by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nashville chapter.  She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Tennessee State University and is completing a graduate degree at Lipscomb University.

Matt Holt is Secretary.  Matt Holt is Secretary. Matt is the Alien Certification Unit Program Specialist at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This is Matt's fifth year serving on the board. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.  


Newly elected Board Members, who will serve three year terms (2011-2014), are:

  • Laurel Harris, UPS Loss Prevention Manager
  • Teresa Campbell, Client Services Senior Supervisor at Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC); Roosevelt Noble, TN Department of Labor
  • Leslie Shelby, Asst. Director of Career Development at Lipscomb University
  • Dr. Gregory Stallworth, Director of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights Office at Fort Campbell Army Base
  • Charles Bloodworth, Asst. Public Defender for the State of Tennessee returns for a second term as Board Member.


The Annual Meeting took place at Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, and for the second year was held jointly with the Nashville Area Chapter of the Red Cross. 


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