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Local Red Cross Honors 36 Outstanding Volunteers

APTOS, CA (January 31, 2014) - The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter honored 36 outstanding volunteers during the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on January 29th at the Seascape Golf Course in Aptos.

The Hazel K. Snow Award is presented to a volunteer who has “gone the extra mile” in honor of the nationally recognized Mrs. Snow whose 40 years of service to the Chapter was primarily focused on developing and coordinating the Chapter’s blood program. This year’s Hazel K. Snow award went to Sandy Peters of Watsonville.

Sandy is an award winning, key volunteer for Blood Services. At the Chapter, she has volunteered in every department, lending her expertise to many projects.

The Rountree Award was created in honor of Mr. Edward T. Rountree and his wife, Bertha M. Rountree who volunteered their services for the Chapter from 1962-1980. They embodied the dedication, inspiration, and modesty that exemplify the spirit of volunteerism. This year’s Rountree Award went to Leonard Davis of Santa Cruz whose contribution and leadership locally has benefitted the Red Cross.

Leonard Davis has been involved with our Chapter since 2008 and has served in many capacities. He is one of the Logistics leads, specializing in Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) instruction and Facilities. Leonard has been deployed 11 times to national and local relief operations in Sheltering, Bulk Distribution, Logistics, and Feeding. His humble, kind nature, hard work, and dedication to the Red Cross mission are the reasons Leonard is the recipient of the 2014 Rountree Award.

The other 34 exemplary volunteers honored that evening included:

Program Excellence Awards

  • Disaster Services: Howard Yancey, Felton
  • Health and Safety: Deborah Daly, Ben Lomond; Rita Bargetto-Snider, Scotts Valley
  • Community Preparedness: Josefina Animas, Castroville
  • Youth Services: Nikolas Parisis, UCSC; Quinn Cachola, UCSC; Tyler Nusbaum, Soquel High School; Summer Farooq, UCSC; Allie Dotta, UCSC; Christina Dooka, Soquel High School
  • International Services: Wodage Tebeje, San Jose; Jeannine Gibson, Santa Cruz
  • Disaster Health Services: Mike Fyfe, Aptos; Cari Chadwick, Aptos
  • Disaster Mental Health Services: Jann McCord, Santa Cruz
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services: JV Rudnick, Felton
  • Disaster Services Technology: Bill Fitler, Watsonville
  • Chapter Support Services Awards

  • Exceptional Volunteer: Daniel Jenni, Watsonville
  • Development: Sarah Billington, UCSC; Susan Thornhill, Santa Cruz
  • Front Desk/Volunteer Management: Ann Sydes, Aptos; Julie Scurfield, Freedom; Jacki Bilgutay, Santa Cruz
  • Disaster Instructors: Devinder Khanna, Watsonville; Caitlin Weaver, Davenport
  • Volunteer Management Team: Sandy Lansdale, Santa Cruz
  • Photography: Richard Daniel, Santa Cruz; Virginia Becker, Los Gatos; Michael Paris, Santa Cruz
  • Leadership Awards

  • Rookies of the Year: Sandy Lansdale, Santa Cruz; Susan Thornhill, Santa Cruz
  • Board Members: Cynthia Johnson, Ben Lomond; Carrie Luther, Watsonville
  • Community Partners: Thomas Fox, Capitola
  • Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter. In Santa Cruz County, nearly 800 local residents volunteer their time and energy to fulfill the Red Cross mission and help strengthen our local community.

    About the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

    The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.