Michele Averill is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross. It's a position she has held since 2014.
"It's an honor to help the Red Cross provide support to so many community members within our three counties," says Averill, who grew up in Corralitos in rural Santa Cruz County. "Having the opportunity to do this kind of work with such a tremendous corps of volunteers makes it especially rewarding."
As CEO of the chapter that serves the residents in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties, Averill oversees the work of six employees and almost 700 local volunteers who provide disaster support and other services to a population of approximately 750,000 residents. She and approximately 40 community leaders who serve on the chapter's two Boards of Directors strive to efficiently and effectively carry out the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross.
Before joining the Red Cross, Averill was a director in the business development branch of Telemed2u, a Roseville-based company providing diagnostic radiology and oncology services. Prior to that, Averill worked for Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, where her positions included chief executive officer and foundation vice president of development.
Averill currently serves on the Board Quality Committee at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and on the Community Health Innovation's Board of Managers; she is also a member of the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club.