Michael A. Ramirez currently serves as a Business Resiliency Advisor with Southern California Edison (SCE). He has been drawn to disaster response and recovery since his mid-teens and has responded to numerous disasters in his former roles with the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services and Orange County Health Care Agency. Michael is Chair of the American Red Cross Southern Region’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is committed to building an organization that reflects all communities served by the American Red Cross.
Michael is a leader in the LGBTQIA+ community and serves on the Board of Directors with the Pomona (Valley) Pride Center. He also serves in his church and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a running enthusiast and enjoys long walks with his dogs.
San Bernardino County Board Vice Chair
Andrew Behnke is General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont and also Vice President of their property management company since 2006. He has been a hospitality executive for over 25 years.
Andrew was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has lived in Georgia, Washington D.C. and Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a decorated veteran, having served nine years in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War Era. Andrew received his education from the University of Minnesota, Georgetown University and Wayland Baptist University.
Andrew is a strong community and business advocate in the region. He belongs to four chambers of commerce and has served as Board Chair for the Claremont and Upland Chambers. Andrew is an active business advocate and has a firm belief that business has an obligation to make the community a better one for all. He has held numerous blood drives for the American Red Cross and was a recipient of a Red Cross emergency message while in the military. Andrew and his wife, Sonja, currently reside in Upland.
San Bernardino County Board Secretary (Past Board Chair)
Laura Tolbirt is the Director of Development with San Antonio Hospital Foundation. She joined the Foundation after working with the Ontario Reign for eleven seasons as the Senior Director of Corporate Sales and prior to that, the Inland Empire 66ers Baseball Team for seven seasons as their Director of Corporate Communications.
Laura joined the American Red Cross of San Bernardino County in 2005 and has extensive experience in non-profit leadership. She is also currently the Secretary and Vice-Chair of Business Services with the Upland Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she held Secretary and Treasurer positions with the Highland Chamber of Commerce and Board of Director positions with the Hope Reigns Foundation and the Family Service Agency of San Bernardino. Laura enjoys attending sporting events and time with her family.