Kimberley A. Flowers named Chair of Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region Board of Directors

November 28, 2012

Kimberley A. Flowers, GCP Board of Directors ChairpersonBALTIMORE, November 26, 2012 - The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac (GC&P) Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the selection of Kimberley A. Flowers as the new Chair of its Regional Board of Directors.

Flowers serves as Deputy Director for the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning and has been a member of the GC&P Board of Directors since 2005.

The GC&P Regional Board of Directors is composed of 13 volunteer members of varying professional and personal backgrounds.  The purpose of the Board of Directors is to provide advice and guidance on issues affecting the blood services region, and each member is tasked with certain responsibilities or areas of focus ranging from quality and compliance issues to minority outreach and donor awareness.  A new chairperson is elected every two years.

 “I am honored and very proud to be given the opportunity to serve as the Board chairperson,” Flowers said. “The Red Cross is a well respected organization that does tremendous good for our community.  I will use this opportunity to leverage my skills, knowledge, experience, and relationships to assist in advancing the objectives of the Red Cross' Bio-medical services work.”

 During her tenure, Flower’s goals as board Chair include growing board membership to be more reflective of the greater Chesapeake and Potomac region; establishing a robust youth outreach and education component; continuing efforts to engage first-time blood donors; and building upon successful American Red Cross initiatives like the Blue Tag program, which increases awareness about Sickle Cell disease and other blood ailments.

“We are happy to have the opportunity to continue working with Kimberley Flowers in her new role as Chairperson of the Board of Directors,” says Donald L. Baker, CEO of the GC&P Region. “She brings to the American Red Cross extensive experience and understanding of the Baltimore and DC communities and brings a fresh perspective and much needed insight to achieve our mission.”

“Kim adds to the wealth of diversity and expertise of our Board Members,” add Baker. “She is already making a significant contribution to the goals and initiatives set forth by the Board, and I look forward to her continued contributions and engagement in the activities of the GC&P Region.”

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region works to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply throughout Central Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and York and Adams counties in Pennsylvania.