For many years, American Red Cross Board of Directors member Steve Countouriotis served in the US Army Reserve while pursuing a career as a California Highway Patrol officer. Shortly after September 11, 2001, he retired from the CHP to serve on active duty with the Army. By the time he retired from the Army in 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Countouriotis had seen service in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Balkans, Central America, Germany, Thailand, Cambodia, and Korea.
While his service to our country spans four decades, his volunteer role with the American Red Cross began almost 50 years ago. Steve, a native of San Francisco, first served as a youth board member with the Golden Gate Chapter of the Red Cross in the 1960s. In 1965 he experienced his first formal leadership training by attending the Red Cross Leadership Center at the Valley of the Moon Camp. While a junior/senior at George Washington High School in San Francisco, Steve became a Youth Representative on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Chapter.
Married to Debbie for 37 years, Steve has four children; one a physician and three who have served in the military. Steve currently works as the Chief, Emergency Services Branch/Command Security Officer at the Two Rock Coast Guard Training Station near Petaluma.
Today, Steve’s passion for the Red Cross continues on, strong as ever. In July, he begins his term as Board Chair for the Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties Chapter. His leadership will ensure our chapter has the financial resources to deliver on our mission every day.