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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 2, 2019) — The Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Bay Area began the new fiscal year on July 1 with a new chair, other newly filled officer positions, and a number of new board members. The Bay Area Chapter board's 2019-20 officers are:
- Lillian Phan, Chair; Mina Group, Senior Director of Sales and Partnerships
- John Graetz, Co-Vice Chair; Deloitte & Touche LLP, Principal
- Kathryn Holmes, Co-Vice Chair; Philanthropist
- Jeff Block, Secretary; Community Volunteer
The board — supporting all Red Cross activities in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties — has also added a number of new members in recent months. The new board members, who bring diverse backgrounds to this leadership body, are:
- Soraya Wright, SMW Risk Management Consulting LLC, Founder and CEO
- Julie Hilt, U.S. Bank, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager
- Margaret Baker, University of San Francisco, Dean of School of Nursing and Health Professions
- Briana Taylor, Raising Healthy Kids, CEO
- Michael Jang, Scientific Analysis Corporation, CEO
In addition to newly appointed board officers and members, the Bay Area Chapter also has a new CEO, with the appointment of Jennifer Adrio. Beginning work in her new position on July 15, Adrio also serves as CEO for the Red Cross' entire Northern California Coastal Region. (See press release.)
“I am already so impressed by the board leadership of the Bay Area Chapter and by the amazing work that was done in all six of the chapter's counties this past year," Adrio said. "The chapter had more than 2,300 local volunteers who worked almost 130,000 hours; responded to more than 500 local home fires, and to reduce those numbers, installed nearly 5,800 smoke alarms to make families safer; taught lifesaving skills like first aid, CPR, and AED to more than 58,000 residents; and opened more than 2,400 cases in support of members of the armed forces and their families."
Adrio also thanked the board's outgoing members — Abby Abinanti, Elizabeth Keith, Andrew Kelly, JJ Lara, Eva Monroe, Cortes Saunders, Jolinda Sim and Stasha Wyskiel — for their years of service to the board.
About the American Red Cross of the Bay Area: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/bayarea or find us on Facebook and Twitter.