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Local Red Cross Announces New Board Members and Chairman

SAN DIEGO, JULY 26, 2012 – The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter held their 114th Annual Meeting yesterday, July 25, 2012 at the Red Cross Chapter Headquarters located in Kearny Mesa.

During the meeting, Red Cross chapter leadership highlighted key services provided in the community over the past year. A few highlights include responding to 287 local disasters, unveiling a new state-of-the-art disaster operations center, providing lifesaving training to nearly 70,000 people, handling nearly half a million emergency calls for military members and their families through the San Diego location of the Service to the Armed Forces Emergency Communications Center and providing nutrition counseling to nearly half a million mothers and children through the Red Cross WIC program.

Joe Craver, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, thanked area residents, businesses, foundations and volunteers for their support, which allows the Red Cross to deliver these critical services in our community.

The Red Cross also welcomed new board members and thanked outgoing board chairman, Tom Gehring, CEO & Executive Director of San Diego County Medical Society, for his tireless commitment and service during his two-year tenure. Looking ahead, Red Cross is delighted announce the new board chair, Bill Trumpfheller, President of Nuffer, Smith, Tucker and new vice chair, Stan Hartman, First Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. The Red Cross is also fortunate to welcome two new members to the board of directors, Rodger Doughterty, Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente and Jeff Block, Vice President and General Manager for KGTV.

“We are incredibly grateful for Tom’s leadership, support and guidance over the last two years which has brought new strength and relevance to the chapter,” said Trumpfheller. “We look forward to building from that foundation and to continue to ensure the Red Cross is able to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve.”

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter 2012 – 2013 Board of Directors

Bill Trumpfheller, Chair


Nuffer, Smith, Tucker

Stan Hartman, Vice Chair

1st Vice President

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Gene Brister


KXO Radio

Mary Ruth Carleton

VP, University Relations & Development

CEO The Campanile Foundation

San Diego State University

Aimee Faucett

Deputy Chief of Staff/ Director of Policy

Office of Mayor Jerry Sanders

Andy Fichthorn

President (retired)

Sea World San Diego

Randy C. Frisch

President and Publisher

San Diego Business Journal

Tom Gehring

CEO & Executive Director

San Diego County Medical Society

David Geier

Vice President, Electric Transmission & Distribution

SDG&E/Sempra Utilities

Laura J. Hart

Vice President, Business Operations

Qualcomm Incorporated

Rudy Johnson

President and CEO

Neighborhood House Association

Raymond Loera

Sheriff of Imperial County

RDML Dixon Smith, USN

DoD Liaison

Commander, Navy Region Southwest

Represented by:Col Jim Guerin, USMC (Ret)

Regional Family Emergency Response Coordinator

Fleet, Family and Child Programs

Joanna Y. Tsai

Attorney at Law


Ken Wheatley

Sr. Vice President

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Margarita Wilder

Vice President & General Manager

Entravision Communications

Brigadier General Daniel Yoo

Commanding General

MCRD San Diego/WRR

Col Rick Huenefeld, USMC (Ret)

Community Plans & Liaison Officer

MCRD San Diego

Rodger Doughterty*

Director of Public Affairs

Kaiser Permanente

Jeff Block*

Vice President and General Manager


About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

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