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Celebrating 2014 Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter Volunteers

San Jose, CA – The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter honored more than 25 volunteers during the Volunteer Recognition Awards Night on April 8 and Chapter Annual Meeting on June 18 at the Red Cross San Jose Office.

This year’s Clara Barton Award, created in honor of Clara Barton – the founder of the American Red Cross – went to Geoff Ziman of Los Altos who made major contributions in multiple areas of the chapter on a consistently over the past 14 years.

Since 1999, Geoff has been the chapter’s Disaster Action Team (DAT) administrator. When the Santa Clara County and Palo Alto Chapters merged in 2010, Geoff took responsibility for reviewing the two DAT systems, proposing a merged system, and offered to take responsibility for running it. He has developed tools and manuals to aid responders and dispatchers in doing a quality job. Under his leadership, DAT has become entirely volunteer-led-and-executed, saving considerable paid resources, and providing an excellent model for an effectively run a program. Geoff has also contributed to the Red Cross in many other ways over the past 14 years, serving as Chapter board member, working regionally and nationally in several capacities, including organizing and chairing a mini-institute for Disaster Services, supporting the Oakland dispatch call center, and contributing to other key activities over the years.

The Youth of the Year Award went to Guneet Kaur of San Jose who for the past two years has been serving diligently on the Chapter’s Youth Executive Board, first as an Administrative Coordinator, then as Club Liaison Coordinator. She has also served as a Youth Services intern for our Summer 2013 internship program. Through all of these roles, Guneet has proven to be an inspiring and dedicated leader, often being the catalyst for her peers to accomplish their goals. Her hard-working attitude, friendly disposition, and motivating nature have contributed greatly to the strengthening of our youth program and the involvement of Red Cross Club youth in Chapter activities.

The New Volunteer Award went to Adelaide Yip of Cupertino who is a recent addition to the Volunteer Services Intake Team and has already made a significant impact in the Chapter. Quickly taking ownership of her new role as Intake Team member, Adelaide has invested a lot of time in learning the ins and outs of record keeping while maintaining a close watch on the voluminous number of new applications coming in through our doors. Record keeping is not the most visible or high profile work done at this Chapter, yet Adelaide has been diligently handling these duties from the background, a quiet but very crucial presence on the team.

Other outstanding volunteers were honored at the Silicon Valley Chapter Volunteer Awards and Recognition Event held on April 8 included:

  • Jeff Chung - First Aid Services Team
  • Dora Wuethrich (Santa Clara) – International Services
  • Youth International Committee – International Services
  • Joanne Lau (San Leandro) – Health and Safety
  • Jennifer Hassan (San Jose) – Administration and Support
  • Maaike Wentink (Sunnyvale) – Administration and Support
  • FAST Intake Team – Teamwork Award
  • Stephanie Wilde (San Jose), Meg McDonald (San Jose), and Tom Busk – Collaboration
  • Grupo Latino – Disaster Cycle Services, Preparedness
  • DCSOps Implementation Team – Disaster Cycle Services, Emergency Services Response
  • Mike Smith – Disaster Cycle Services, Readiness
  • Henrik Spang-Hanssen (Mountain View) – Disaster Cycle Services, Readiness
  • Uli Talivaa – Blood Services, Rookie of the Year
  • Janet Peter – Blood Services, Exceptional Customer Service & Extraordinary Reliability
  • Picture for both of these events can be found on the Chapter’s Flickr site:

  • 2014 Annual Meeting:
  • 2014 Volunteer Recognition Event:
  • About the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

    The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.