New Board Member Announced

June 15, 2011

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the latest addition to its Board of Directors – UC Berkeley student Zaneta Chen.  Chen is a senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology.  She is the blood services coordinator of the campus Red Cross club called ARC@CAL.

“The beauty of the Red Cross's Blood Services is that anyone can help save a life,” said Chen. “No schooling or licensing is needed, just the compassion and willingness to volunteer or donate.”

She has helped at more than fifteen campus blood drives during the last 2 years – publicizing the drives, registering blood donors, helping donors at the refreshment area following their donations and organizing volunteers for the blood drives.

“We’re so pleased to have Zaneta, join our board. As a student, she will provide another perspective to issues brought to the Board’s attention,” Northern California Blood

Services Region CEO Jeff Meyer said.  “She also brings her experience of running blood drives. Thanks to Zaneta and the ARC@CAL blood services committee, students and staff at UC Berkeley contribute more blood donations than any other college or university we visit in Northern California.”

Chen joins an already diverse and well-respected group of people on the Red Cross’ Board of Directors, which comprises eighteen leaders in business, medicine and education in the Bay Area and governs the Northern California Blood Services Region.  Among other duties, members of the Board are responsible for serving as advocates for the Region and its mission and services; recruiting volunteers, donors and other board members; and assisting the Region with increasing blood donations.

The announcement of the new Board Officers was also made June 10.  Patricia Austin, M.D. will return for a third term as chairperson.  Dr. Austin, an ophthalmologist in Walnut Creek, was instrumental in securing a donation from John Muir Health for a new blood collection bus in 2009.

Thomas Petty of WSI Internet Consulting & Education in Livermore was elected vice chairperson.  Petty has sponsored over 50 community blood drives in Livermore since 2002.  Nearly 2,400 pints of blood were collected at those drives.

About the American Red Cross

The Red Cross operates five blood donation centers and holds mobile blood drives throughout the Bay Area.  For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).