Local leaders join the Red Cross Board of Directors in multiple chapters

In early 2020, mere weeks before the pandemic hit, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern visited the San Francisco office for a Town Hall meeting, her first in the Bay Area in four years. She often speaks about the importance of leadership and the crucial role Board members fill. Photography by Eric Carmichael | American Red Cross

This June, individuals from all across the Northern California Coastal Region of the Red Cross stepped up to help lead their respective chapters. Each chapter’s Board of Directors elected new members and most installed new officers.

“As we dive into the next fiscal year, we look forward to the potential of our new members combined with the expertise of our officers,” says Jennifer Adrio, CEO of the America Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. “Their combined diverse experiences are critical to the work our Region does for more than 10 million people throughout 15 counties.”

The new board members bring a wealth of diverse experience to their roles, including decades of experience in IT, communications, technical consulting, social services, mental health expertise, the field of law, education, communications, design, real estate, government, environmental sustainability and more.

“During the past year alone, Red Crossers responded to 1,342 local disasters — many of them home fires — collected 103,240 units of lifesaving blood and trained 56,943 residents in first aid and water safety,” Adrio says. “And those are just a few of the many ways our region made a difference in our local communities.”

The new members began their terms effectively July 1.

For the Bay Area:

The newly elected board members are:

  • Nichole Jordan, Sr. Vice President, Global Partner Success at Via
  • Maurice Goodman, Executive Director at Operation Genesis, Inc.
  • Zeien Cheung, San Francisco Leadership Council Chair, Global Services, Commercial Contracts Management Lead at Juniper Networks
  • Shivum Kapoor, youth board member, Youth Consortium Call Lead, National Youth Council

The Bay Area Board officers elected for the 2021-2022 year are:

  • John Graetz, Chair, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Briana Taylor, Co-Vice chair, CEO, Raising Healthy Kids
  • Jeff Block, Co-Vice Chair, Board Development and Engagement, Chair

For the Central Coast:

The newly elected board members are:

  • Allie Kambic, Owner, ARK Interiors
  • Dr. Hortencia Jiménez, Sociology Instructor (Tenured) – Hartnell College
  • Christina Morales, Branch Manager for Coldwell Banker Realty Morgan Hill
  • Jillian Ritter, Analyst, Third District, County of Santa Cruz-Board of Supervisors
  • Brooke Wright, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program
  • Ann Bennett-Young, Mindshare Coaching

Last year the following Executive Committee members were appointed for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2020. They will now begin the second half of their service.

  • Dane Lobb – Board Chair
  • Anita Clerisse – Board Vice Chair
  • Rayvon Williams – Board Secretary
  • Megan Erk – Board Development and Philanthropy Chair
  • Lee Hedgepeth – Community Engagement Chair

For the North Bay:

The newly elected board members are:

  • Willow Farey, Clinical Education Manager, AMR/Sonoma Life, AMR Sonoma Life Support
  • Alisa Zhou from Marin Catholic High School

The new North Bay Board Chair is Miriam Tcheng, Director, Food and Nutritional Services, Sutter Health.

For Silicon Valley:

The newly elected board members are:

  • Rajesh Soundar, Soundar Management Consulting Group
  • Amit Srivastava, Sr. Enterprise Sales Director – Service Now
  • Carolina Camarena, Director of Communications – City of San Jose Manager’s Office of Communications
  • Kasey Halcon, Director, Victims Services – Santa Clara County 99Office of the District Attorney

The Silicon Valley Board officers elected for the 2021-2022 year are:

  • Terry Unter, Chair, Retired Hi-Tech Executive
  • Eve Dreyfuss, Vice Chair, Tax Partner, Moss Adams LLP
  • Joe Siecinski, Secretary , Owner, ActionCOACH of Santa Clara

Thank you to all of these leaders for stepping up!