May Staff Spotlight: John Mayfield

Where are you originally from?

I grew up Watkinsville, Georgia in Oconee County where I attended Mars Hill Baptist Church and went to Westminster Christian Academy.

How long have you been living in Athens?

I moved here four years ago after I graduated college. I love the 5 Points area and enjoy running up and down the hills nearby.  You can’t go more than half a mile before another hill comes up.

Where did you go to college?

I started at the University of Mississippi, then transferred to Birmingham Southern College where I majored in Political Science and participated in Army ROTC.

What is your position at Red Cross and what do you do?

I am the Disaster Program Specialist. It is my job to work with Mike Riemann (Disaster Program Manager)  to make sure the disaster program is operating at full capacity and our volunteers receive the support they need. I also coordinate with other agencies for our volunteers and identify new opportunities for anyone that wants to make a difference for their community.

What inspired you to work at Red Cross?

I had started at the Red Cross as an administrative volunteer, and then moved into this position. I wanted to get involved with the Red Cross because it’s so evident how people are helped through this organization. I also identify with the values and leadership styles of the great folks that run the Red Cross in Athens and the state of Georgia. The National CEO, Gail McGovern, was once a Harvard Business School professor.  Why wouldn’t you want to work for an organization led by someone like that?


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