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.
Diane Wright joined American Red Cross in 2010 when she moved to Montana. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit expertise particularly in the areas of fundraising, marketing/brand management, volunteer management, media relations, communications, strategic planning, and operations. She previously worked for United Way in Charlotte, North Carolina and Spokane, Washington, where she served as Senior Vice President of Resource Development and Regional Operations, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Volunteer Center Director.
Wright is a University of North Carolina-Charlotte alumnus with a BA in Human Services. She is Rotarian and spends most of her leisure time snow skiing, fly fishing and figuring out other ways to be in the beautiful Montana outdoors.
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.
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.
Melissa’s office is in Moline, IL and she serves and is shared with Central & Southern IL Iowa and Idaho-Montana Regions. She focuses on retaining relationships with donors who give annually. Melissa began her Red Cross journey as a volunteer in 2011, and has been with the Central & Southern Illinois development team as an employee for 4 ½ years.
She lives in Rock Island, IL with her 11-year old daughter, Riley, and their pets Button (cat) & Rocky (bulldog mix). She enjoys reading, and playing volleyball and playing softball. She’s a huge advocate for youth sports and has been a volunteer girls’ softball coach for going on nine seasons. She can’t wait to get to know everyone with the Red Cross of Idaho & Montana, and is excited to learn more about this region.
Rick is based in Ilinois and serves the Idaho-Montana and Iowa Regions. His position is responsible for growing relationships with donors who have major giving capacity and are currently giving in the $1000-2500 range.
Rick is a regular Red Cross blood donor, served on the Board of Directors twice and has been on staff since November 2014. He worked as a Marketing Manager for John Deere at their corporate headquarters in Moline, IL. As an entrepreneur he has created, owned and then sold his own business to a larger organization.
Matt Ochsner (not sure if he’s related to Twin Falls volunteer Diana) is our new Regional Communication Director based out of Great Falls, MT. A lifelong Montanan and a journalist of 20 years, Matt most recently served as an audience analyst and social media specialist at the Great Falls Tribune. Before that, he was the Tribune’s features editor where he oversaw several sections on topics including the outdoors, health, and arts and entertainment. Matt grew up on a farm and ranch south of Miles City and graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998. He and his wife Kim have one daughter, 4-year-old Amara who they adopted from Ethiopia. On Father’s Day, Amara and Matt finished their two-year quest to visit all of Great Falls' 57 city parks. When he’s not swinging or sliding with Amara, Matt enjoys reading, traveling, listening to live music, shooting pool and exploring the Montana outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In August of 2013, Abbra became the Disaster Program Manager for Eastern Montana. Abbra had done a term of service through an AmeriCorps response program in 2001. She worked with the Baton Rouge chapter as a Caseworker, Community Outreach Member, Fire Department Liaison, and part of a team updating Shelter Facility Agreements. During her service year she responded to 9/11 twice; once, as a Mobile Caseworker from late September until the end of October, and secondly, as a Logistics Service Associate in February-March of 2002. Abbra graduated from the University of Gonzaga in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
In January of 2015, Ted became the Disaster Program Specialist serving NW Montana. Prior to joining the Red Cross team, he was a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Madagascar (2011-2014). Ted graduated from Montana State University in 2010, where he was also employed by the University’s Office of Civic Engagement.
Jacqueline joined the Red Cross in 2012. As a volunteer Disaster Program Specialist, in the Greater Cincinnati Dayton region, she was greatly involved in various aspects of Disaster Cycle Services, such as casework supervision, DAT coordination, and community outreach. The experience led her to seek a greater role in the American Red Cross and the services it provides to their clients.
Jacqueline graduated from Stockton University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Islamic Studies. She enjoys learning about and experiencing various cultures and societies; she has spent time in Africa, South American, and Europe. She is an avid reader, hiker, and skier. She is excited to explore the greater Montana outdoors and the activities it has to offer.
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.
Peggy Smith is the Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager for Idaho/Montana and the Dakotas Regions. Peggy started with the Red Cross in 2015 as a Functional Disaster Program Specialist shared between the two regions and was promoted to her current position in Feb. 2016. Peggy has a Master degree in Business Administration Management and Strategy graduating in the top 10% on the capstone project. She has a Bachelor degree in Humanities minoring in English and Women Studies. She is the Fire Chief of a small town Volunteer Fire Department and has graduated from FEMAs National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Peggy is active in the Idaho Fire Chiefs organization and a Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team. Her volunteer work ranges from President of the Chamber of Commerce to President of the County Chiefs’ Association. She loves to kayak, hike, ride her motorcycle, getting pedicures and hanging out with her dog. Peggy’s work philosophy is, “It’s all about the volunteers.”
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.
Dawn Brossart brings to Red Cross 20+ years’ experience in management of contracts, training, inspections, finance, public health, and marketing. Her undergraduate degrees are in dietetics/communication. Recently, she completed her Master’s degree in business with a Human Resources concentration.
She lives in Audubon, MN with her husband Gerry and their 13-year-old black lab, Duke. She has two kids that are entering their senior year of college and both in engineering. She enjoys reading, cross country skiing, running and all types of lake activities. Dawn looks forward to being a part of the Red Cross team.
As the Preparedness, Health and Safety Services representative for Idaho and Montana, Ben Litton helps organizations (corporations, schools, governments, non-profit organizations, etc…) get their people the safety training that they need. This training primarily includes CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training and sales.
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.
Sara Cease joins the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program with more than 12 years experience working with service members, veterans and families. Working as the lead child and youth program coordinator at the National Guard first in Nebraska and then in Montana, she is right at home with volunteers, service members, commanders or crawling around on the floor with military kids. Sara is on the board of the Montana, Lewis & Clark, Joining Community Forces initiative, teaches suicide prevention and resilience training in schools and lives the philosophy of “customer service” and building relationships with others in all she does. While not working, Sara enjoys getting dirt under her fingernails in her garden, photography and spending time with her spouse, a 25-year veteran who retired from the National Guard in 2017. A graduate of Bellevue University in Nebraska, she is still having a hard time in Montana deciding between the Cats or the Griz.