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Wednesday, September 24, 2003
RI Red Cross CEO Barbara McGann to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Rear Admiral Barbara E. McGann, USN (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, will be honored with The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Providence Tourism Council's Celebration of Women Awards Breakfast. The breakfast, to be held at The Biltmore this Friday, September 26th at 8:00 am, will recognize McGann for her outstanding career and personal accomplishments.

Born and raised in Newport, RI, McGann is a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, she served as Provost at the Naval War College, overseeing the College's academic and research programs, as well as a world-renowned faculty.  In July 2002, McGann was named Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island. As CEO, McGann is responsible for the overall management and direction of one of the 100 largest Red Cross chapters in the country.

McGann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA, and Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina University and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.  She has received many awards and accolades throughout her career including the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Roger Williams University.  This month, the Rhode Island Historical Society's Newell D. Goff Institute will present Barbara with the 2002 'History Maker' award for Ingenuity and Enterprise Studies.

The decision to select McGann as an honoree "was pretty easy," said George Donnelly, Executive Director of the Providence Tourism Council, "given all that happened in Rhode Island this year with the nightclub fire and the war." He noted that these events "affected every single Rhode Islander and the Red Cross has been there to comfort and provide the help and support they need."

McGann is deeply honored to be receiving this award and reflects on the influence her own role model.  "I am particularly grateful to my role model -- my mother for teaching all six of her children to care more about others than themselves."

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

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