At the annual meeting and volunteer recognition program for the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, Dr. Mark Daddona, director of the Center for Academic Success at Clayton State University, was recognized with the Exceptional Service Award.
"It is truly an honor to receive this award and a privilege to represent the American Red Cross while serving the residents of DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton Counties during their difficult time of need,” says Daddona.
Daddona has served as the Disaster Action team assistant captain for DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties for the last two years. He has responded with his team to more than 40 local fires and disasters providing emergency assistance such as food, shelter, and clothing to victims.
Most recently, Daddona was promoted from assistant to captain of the Disaster Action team. Now, he coordinates six disaster response teams. He provides leadership, guidance, supervision at large fires, and mental health services to clients and other Red Cross volunteers.
Over the years, Daddona has also responded to many national disasters as a Red Cross Mental Health volunteer. He served as a volunteer in a two week deployment in Hattiesburg, Ms., following Hurricane Katrina. Also, in March 2007, he spent three days assisting grieving families after the tragic Bluffton University bus crash in Atlanta.
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.