Leadership & Staff

Idaho Chapter Staff

Nichole Sirak Irwin, CEO American Red Cross Idaho Region

Nicole Sirak Irwin, Regional CEO

With 19 years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, Nicole has raised more than $10+ M for organizations such as New England Homes for the Deaf, OXFAM America, Balkan Community Initiatives fund, Family Advocates and the American Red Cross domestic and international programs. Nicole worked to strengthen fundraising programs with Red Cross National Societies in Fiji, St. Lucia and Bulgaria from 2000-2003. Nicole moved to Idaho in 2006 after working in the Balkans for the ARC and as a Grant-making Program Officer for the German Marshall Fund’s Balkan Trust for Democracy program. As Executive Director of Family Advocates, the organization found innovative ways to mobilize volunteers for child abuse prevention through the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and a home visiting early education program. Nicole was elected Vice President of her Leadership Boise class, was a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award winner in 2012 and is the volunteer Treasurer for the Whitney Foundation. Nicole is a University of Montana graduate an active tennis player and spends time her husband John enjoying all that Boise has to offer.

Email: nicole.irwin@redcross.org

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Ann Callanan, Development Officer

Ann comes to us from the Bio-Medical side of the Red Cross where, for the last ten years, she has held the role of Account Manager/Donor Recruitment Rep. While in this role she has built multiple strong relationships with large companies in our area and she is excited to use these relationships to build revenue streams for the Red Cross. Prior to this position, Ann lived in the Seattle area where she held various sales and relationship building positions.

E-mail: ann.callanan@redcross.org

Christopher Davis, Idaho

Christopher Davis, Regional Chief Development Officer

Christopher came to the Red Cross in early 2010 as the Development Director for the Greater Idaho Chapter. Prior to coming to the Red Cross, he had seven years of nonprofit fundraising with four years of additional responsibilities in government relations, operations and program delivery. His past experience was in both the medical and human services fields. Christopher was appointed the Chief Development Officer for the Red Cross of Greater Idaho in 2011. Currently he sits on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Idaho Chapter. Christopher holds a degree in Marketing from the Marriott School of Business management at Brigham Young University.

Email: christopher.davis@redcross.org

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Rusty Devereaux, Disaster Program Manager (Eastern Idaho, South Central Idaho)

Rusty brings to the Red Cross over thirty-five years of combined onboard and business experience in the commercial maritime and logistics industries. He has extensive experience in working in the Pacific Northwest, the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska. His international experience spans over 20 years and 18 countries. In 1989, Mr. Devereaux was project manager working a remote offshore team of over 100 employees supporting cleanup of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. In 1992, he became one of the first American businessmen to begin working on the ground in Russia after Perestroika. While there, he assisted in aid response to the local Russian population involved in an earthquake in Neftegorsk on Sakhalin Island. He has also been directly involved in aid response to the victims of the Haiti earthquake, the Katrina and Rita hurricanes and the Indonesian and Japanese tsunamis. He has also served as a captain of a volunteer fire department in WA State and as a coordinator for a non-profit in support of wounded warriors in Texas. Rusty and his wife moved to Idaho in 2008 in order to be close to their grandkids.

Email: rusty.devereaux@redcross.org

Anna Fernandez-Gevaert

Anna Fernandez-Gevaert, Regional Communications and Marketing Director

Anna joined the American Red Cross in 2012, after many years in corporate communications and marketing. She joined the Montana chapter as director of communications and currently directs communications and marketing for the Idaho and Montana region. Anna moved to Bozeman in 2009 and loves to spend time outdoors whenever possible. She was educated at Middlebury College and Harvard University.

Email: anna.fernandezgevaert@redcross.org

Red Cross Idaho Wendy McGrew

Wendy McGrew, Volunteer Services Officer

Wendy spent the last 4 years with the Metro Atlanta Chapter doing everything from DAT, maintaining systems (NSS, CAN and the recent CAS2.0 resource guide), sheltering drills, instructor, RFL, FEMA liaison during hurricane staging, and staffing. Most recently she served as the Activity Lead for Community Partnerships heading up our involvement with VOAD. She derives tremendous satisfaction from deployments (and has a dozen national deployments under her belt). Red Cross has become a life mission for Wendy, which follows a long career in travel management and real estate development.

On a more personal level, Wendy and her husband, John, have an 8 lb. Pomeranian. He is a certified therapy dog and they enjoyed visiting children’s hospitals, elder care facilities and hospice. In addition to hosting a radio show for the visually impaired, Wendy served on the Board of Directors of an elder housing complex until her move. Wendy and John have joined St. Paul Lutheran Church (which is the family church of her husband’s grandparents, parents, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins). She looks forward to taking up cross country skiing and is actively looking for good Zumba classes.

Email: wendy.mcgrew2@redcross.org

Red Cross Idaho Danielle Pozernick

Danielle Pozernick, Senior Volunteer Services Specialist

After working for 4 years in the mental health industry as a developmental therapist and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, Danielle decided to help people in a different way by joining the American Red Cross. Danielle Pozernick has been with the American Red Cross serving as the Administrative Coordinator at the Greater Idaho chapter since early December 2014. In January 2017, Danielle was promoted to the Sr. Volunteer Services Specialist for the Idaho and Montana Region. Danielle is passionate about serving the volunteers in the region and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come.

Email: danielle.pozernick@redcross.org

Catherine Rawsthorne

Catherine Rawsthorne, Senior Disaster Program Manager (Lewiston)

Catherine returned to the Red Cross in 2016, following an AmeriCorps term with the Red Cross in Eastern Washington in 2013-2014. Catherine is the Disaster Program Specialist for North Central Idaho, and is a recent transplant to Lewiston, Idaho. During her AmeriCorps term, she deployed to events within Washington state, and did casework following the mudslide in Oso, WA. Catherine is a professional bowler, and competes in tournaments around the country. Catherine received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in 2013 in Applied Biology, and her Master’s in Emergency Management from Arizona State University in 2016.

E-mail: catherine.rawsthorne2@redcross.org

Jennifer Shurbet, Administration Coordinator

Jennifer Shurbet, Administration Coordinator

Jennifer was raised in Idaho Falls. College took her to Arizona where she lived for 15 years. During that time, she worked in advertising, public relations and office administration. In 2012 the opportunity to move back to Idaho came. Boise has introduced her to volunteering with the Red Cross in Volunteer Services and also with DAT Administration. Jennifer looks forward to deepening her involvement with the Red Cross as an employee.

Email: jennifer.shurbet2@redcross.org

Colleen Tone Montana

Colleen Tone, Regional Disaster Officer

Colleen Tone became an employee of the American Red Cross in 2005. Prior to employment with Red Cross, she partnered with the Red Cross as an Aquatics and CPR/First Aid instructor, working at the Missoula YMCA as a swim coach and head water safety instructor and managing Missoula City Pools. Colleen also worked as a paraeducator in a Missoula public school. Colleen is a University of Montana graduate with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative with Harvard University. Colleen served as the president of the Montana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster from 2011 to 2015.

Email: colleen.tone@redcross.org

Anthony Trimarco, SAF Regional Director

Anthony Trimarco, SAF Regional Director

Anthony Trimarco is a native of Chicago IL and has lived in Boise ID since 2014. Anthony has served 17 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Major. Anthony was stationed around the world to include Honduras, Panama, Germany, and sunny Iraq. Like the Jonny Cash song he has “been everywhere man”, he’s traveled the country for 3 years as the Yellow Ribbon Program Manager for an Engineering Command. In his most recent duty assignment, he ran the Army Reserve Professional Marksmanship Program, which won National Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Anthony worked for major retailers in the field of demand planning, spending a year buying women’s footwear … yes he does know the difference between a pump and a wedge! Anthony is frequent speaker at the Midwest Academy of Management and has published research on motivation in the workplace. He earned his Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University in 2011 and his Bachelors in Advertising and Public Relations from Marquette University in 2004. As an Eagle Scout, Anthony will always buy popcorn from the Boy Scouts even though he already has too many boxes in the pantry.

Anthony brings a multitude of core competencies to any team. When Anthony isn’t glued to a computer screen, he spends time working outdoors, cooking, and trying very hard not to be the worst square-dancer in Boise.

E-mail: anthony.trimarco@redcross.org

Chris Volmer, Disaster Program Manager

Chris Volmer, Disaster Program Manager (Southwest Idaho, North Central Idaho

Chris comes to us with over a decade of operational leadership, project management and professional development experience gained through his service in the Armed Forces. A native of Idaho Falls, he has served in a multitude of stateside and overseas assignments. Prior to joining the Red Cross team in 2017, Chris specialized in logistical support and equipment distribution throughout the Idaho, Montana, and Utah. He is also a past Senior Vice Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 63, and continues to serve that organization as a trustee. Chris and his wife are both Boise State Alumni, and enjoy spending their time in the great outdoors.

E-mail: christopher.volmer@redcross.org

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Ben Wight, SAF Regional Program Coordinator

Ben grew up in a small town of Acton, Massachusetts. He later attended school at Norwich University in Vermont where he met his wife Laura. They moved to South Dakota in 2001 where they attended South Dakota State University. Ben and Laura continued their education to complete their Masters Degrees in education, and Ben received his teacher certification. Ben was a history teacher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for almost six years. Ben and Laura then moved to Montana with their three children; Logan, Mira and Deacon. They have lived in Great Falls for five years. Ben is a member of the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls and was part of the Army National Guard for six years both here in Montana and South Dakota. Ben has been a volunteer in various capacities from the Disabled American Veterans, Brookings Backpack Project for school age Children, and CASA-CAN Guardian Litem.

E-mail: ben.wight@redcross.org