The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho has added three new board members. Emily Baker, Jennifer Kidd and Rob Shoplock have joined the humanitarian organization’s board of directors.
Baker is the founder and CEO of Portman Square Group Communications and has decades of experience in communications, public and government relations and crisis management. She served in the Bush Administration as the regional administrator of the General Services Administration Northeast and Caribbean region and as deputy director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
She began her career in Idaho as a policy aide to Gov. Phil Batt and with Gov. Haley Barbour at BGR Group.
"I am honored to serve our community and support the American Red Cross’s critical, lifesaving mission,” Baker said. “The humanitarian assistance Red Cross provides to those impacted by wildfires, hurricanes and the ravages of COVID-19 is invaluable, and their ongoing outreach in our community helps provide training, fire and water safety and makes a difference every day."
Baker also serves as an honorary commander for the 366th Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, on the Boise State Foundation and Boise Metro Chamber board of directors and lives in Boise with her husband Mike and three boys.
Kidd is the controller at Big D Farms and has worked in accounting positions in agriculture and food processing industries over the last 12 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting at Boise State University and is involved in community development through church and local schools.
She and her husband Chad are raising three sons in Declo.
Shoplock is the battalion chief at the Eagle Fire Department, where he has served for more than 20 years. He is the vice president of the Professional Firefighters of Idaho and has been a member of the lobbying team for 10 years.
He has done medical missions in Kenya and currently serves on the board of directors for Expansion International, a nonprofit committed to serving people and spreading the gospel in Kenya.
He and his wife Kelly have four daughters.
“The amazing history of the Red Cross, along with the mentors who served before me, is an inspiration and encouragement to live each day to the fullest,” Shoplock said. “I am proud to be part of this organization.”
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to those impacted by 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 depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/idaho or facebook.com/redcrossidaho.