Northern Valleys Chapter

Welcome to the American Red Cross of the Northern Valleys

The American Red Cross Northern Valleys Chapter is dedicated to provide its communities with the response necessary to meet their most demanding needs. The Community Chapter serves Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Verdugo City counties. We also serve the military installations of Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Weapon Center, and Air Force Plant 42.

We are headquartered in Glendale, CA with an additional office location in Palmdale, CA.


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Senior Management

Raul Claros, Executive Director, Northern Valleys Chapter

Raul Claros, Executive Director, Northern Valleys Chapter

Raul Claros is the Executive Director for the Northern Valleys Chapter of the American Red Cross. His new found passion for the work of the American Red Cross has led him to join the ARC team, full-time. For over a decade, Raul Claros has served the Los Angeles area as a classroom teacher, community organizer, non-profit director and government liaison (both the state level with the California State Assembly and city level with the City of Los Angeles). Developing and executing a sustainable resiliency plan for the community of Van Nuys, the neighboring communities of Pacoima, San Fernando City and beyond, is Raul's primary vision as the new Executive Director of the Northern Valleys Chapter. His commitment to ARC's mission, as well as his understanding of the Prep LA campaign, is demonstrated in his 90 - day plan for the Northern Valleys. This plan includes ambitious, yet attainable fundraising goals, a detailed volunteer recruitment strategy, and continued development of existing partnerships with government entities and community based organizations. With Raul's work experience in organizing diverse communities, he plans on quickly establishing a high functioning working relationship with the Board of Directors of the Northern Valleys Chapter and the ARC leadership team.

Board Members

Anne Ambrose
Director of Administrative Services
City of Palmdale

David Arevshatyan
Community Relations Coordinator
Glendale Water & Power

Karen Brandt, CNO
Vice President of Clinical Services
Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Nicol Gerstein
Director of Communication & Development
Antelope Valley Community Clinic

Connie Lackey
VSA Director
Providence Health & Services

Adel Luzuriaga
Realty Benefit Systems

Michele Ramirez Saelak
Asst. Director/Asst. Professor
Glendale Community College

George Reams (Bud)
Building Manager
Monte Vista

Linda Wang
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Warner Bros. Entertainment