January 24, 2013


Ashley, Pennsylvania – (Jan. 24, 2013)- The American Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Blood Services Region is pleased to announce three new selections to its Regional Board of Directors.

Suzanne Sedon, who has worked with the Wilkes-Barre Center City Blood Council for over 20 years, while continuing to assist with the United Way and the pastor’s advisory board.  “I am honored and very proud to be given the opportunity to serve as a member of this very impressive Board of Directors team,” Sedon said.

Angel Jirau, who has dedicated his life to giving back, from his selfless devotion to duty while serving in the United States Military to his involvement with Luzerne County Community College Veterans Committee and Diversity Committees’.

Jill Troutman, whose community involvement, has consisted of working with the United Way Allocation Panel, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities-Woman Fund, White Muzzle Fund, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and Leadership York.  “My son is alive today because six people took the time to donate blood.  As an active member of the NEPA Board of Directors, I feel that this is my chance to pay it forward to an organization that facilitated the gift of life for my son.”

“We are happy to have the opportunity to work with each of these amazing individuals in their new role as a member of our Board of Directors,” says Maria Elena Geyer, CEO of the NEPA Region.

The NEPA Regional Board of Directors is composed of 18 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.

The American Red Cross would like to encourage all donors to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or CLICK HERE to make an appointment.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross:

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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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