Preston James has been named armed forces director by the American Red Cross of Oklahoma and Kansas.
He will operate out of the agency’s Oklahoma City office.
Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Mr. James worked 15 years in municipal public safety and has broad experience in community outreach, having been a community relations specialist, a policeman and a corrections officer.
He has been a hostage negotiator in Champaign County of Illinois, a crisis intervention team member, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and a Risk Watch trainer, among other positions.
Mr. James developed and directed the Resiliency Program of the city of Urbana, Ill., which works to increase community awareness of crime involving at-risk youth.
He was a Distinguished Honor graduate of a program of the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.
Mr. James is a graduate of the John A. Logan Junior College of Carterville, Ill.
The newly-named American Red Cross armed forces director volunteers with the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and with an Emergency Services Support Team.