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 Red Cross 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.
As the Preparedness, Health and Safety Services representative for Idaho and Montana, Chris Bolton procures safety training for organizations (corporations, schools, governments, non-profit organizations). The courses include CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training.
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 experience 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. 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.
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, Rusty 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 Washington 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.
Anna joined the American Red Cross is 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.
Wade Gayler, Senior Disaster Program Manager, began working for the American Red Cross in October of 2011. Previously, Wade served as the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Director for Utah and Idaho for nine years. He is also the outgoing chair of the Idaho Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and past chair of the Utah VOAD.
Dawn arrived at the American Red Cross by way of International Experience, an International Student Exchange program, were she worked as the Western Regional Director. She has over 8 years’ experience working with volunteers and managing employees. A recent job opportunity for Brian, Dawn’s husband, brought her back to the mountains and valleys of Idaho. An avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, Dawn is excited to call Idaho home again. Her husband and two dogs couldn't be happier.
Dawn attended Boise State University where she earned a degree Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and developed a love for Boise State football. During weekends, you will find her watching football, golfing, or playing in the wonderful back country of Idaho. Dawn is excited to work for the Red Cross. Having watched her home town of Los Alamos burn down in 2001 during a wildfire, Dawn understands the American Red Cross’s important role in providing for the communities and citizens impacted by disasters.
Wendy spent the last 4 years with the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross 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.
Danielle Pozernick was born and raised in Idaho. She joined American Red Cross of Greater Idaho in early December 2014. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology which resulted from a desire to help others. After working for 4 years in the mental health industry as developmental therapist and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, Danielle decided to help people in a different way by joining the Red Cross. Danielle supports the Red Cross’s operations as a chapter administrative assistant.
Catherine returned to the Red Cross as a Disaster Program Specialist in 2016, after an AmeriCorps term in Eastern Washington from 2013 to 2014. Catherine received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia, and her Master’s in Emergency Management from Arizona State University. Catherine has responded to disasters within Washington state, including the landslide in Oso, WA. She is passionate about preparedness and interfacing one-on-one with clients. Catherine moved to Lewiston from Tacoma, Washington, and enjoys bowling competitively throughout the country.
Colleen Tone became an employee of the American Red Cross in 2005. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Colleen 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. Colleen also serves as the president of the Montana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
Originally from Nebraska, Jennifer has travelled the world and served many missions as a volunteer, civilian, and military officer. Now a permanent Idaho resident, she comes to us with a wealth of experience. As a civilian, she has expertise in the legal and quality management fields. As a 20 year U.S. Army officer, she gained extensive experience in logistics, leadership, and training management. Jennifer possesses the ability to build, manage, lead and empower teams of both employees and volunteers. She has a B.S. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and is also currently working toward a graduate degree in Environmental Education.
Ben joined the Red Cross in October of 2015 as Regional Program Coordinator for our Service to Armed Forces program. He grew up in Acton, Massachusetts, obtained a BA from Norwich University in Vermont and a Master’s of Education from South Dakota State University
Ben was a history teacher in Sioux Falls South Dakota for almost six years before moving to Montana when his wife was named director of the Great Falls College-MSU (Montana State University) library and e-Learning Center. Ben also taught with the Great Falls School District at Loy Elementary as the T.R.O.O.P.S and assessment coordinator. He is a member of the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls and was part of the Army National Guard for six years in Montana and South Dakota.
Ben has volunteered for Disabled American Veterans, Brookings Backpack Project for School Age Children and CASA-CAN Cascade County, Great Falls Montana. He enjoys all that Big Sky Country has to offer - hiking, biking, camping, running, fishing and coaching soccer, and baseball.