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Heath Leaving Red Cross 'In Very Capable Hands' of Mckay Beavers


Janet Heath, the director of the West Sound office of the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, has announced that she is retiring from service at the end of this month. She will be succeeded by Karen McKay Bevers.

“I’ve seen my share of local and national disasters and have learned much from the volunteers who provide hope and help to people in need locally, across the nation and around the world. My work with the Red Cross has been very rewarding,” said Heath, who has served in the local leadership role for more than eight years. “The West Sound community will be in very capable hands with Karen.”

“Janet has been an exceptional leader,” said Randy Hutson, chief executive officer for the Red Cross chapter. “She became the West Sound director shortly after the Kitsap County Red Cross merged with the King County Red Cross. This required a delicate hand to maximize the strength of the combined group and at the same time maintain a local presence and grow support. Janet built a strong advisory group of local community leaders and ensured the Red Cross remained an active participant in the community.”

Heath and her husband Trevor plan to travel in Central and South America and then retire to Arizona .

McKay Bevers was named the new West Sound director. She has served on the Red Cross West Sound Leadership Council for four years and has a strong understanding of the organization’s mission and importance in the community.

“We’re thrilled to have Karen join the Red Cross team,” said Hutson. “Her passion for our humanitarian mission combined with her business-savvy and creativity will ensure the Red Cross continues to provide outstanding service in Kitsap and North Mason counties for years to come.”

Previously, McKay-Bevers served as the director of marketing and public relations for the Peninsula McDonald’s Restaurants. She also spent eight years with DDB Seattle, and in 2008, was named a member of Kitsap County’s “40 Under 40,” a recognition of outstanding young business professionals. She lives in Bremerton with her husband and two young children.

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Media contacts:

Janet Heath, 360.377.3761 X10203 or janet.heath@seattleredcross.org

Karen McKay Bevers, 360.478.7681 or karen.mckaybevers@seattleredcross.org