New Board Members/Officers Announced

August 1, 2012

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the latest additions to its Board of Directors – college students Katherine Hsieh (UC Berkeley) and Christian Franks (Menlo College).

Hsieh just finished her third year at UC Berkeley and is majoring in molecular environmental biology. She has been involved with the campus Red Cross club (ARC@CAL) for three years – helping to coordinate, promote and recruit donors for blood drives that have collected approximately 2,500 units of blood during her time with the club.  

“Someday, someone I know may need a blood transfusion,” Hsieh said. “I myself am unable to donate, so this form of volunteering is my way of contributing to the need for blood.”

Franks is an undeclared sophomore at Menlo College. He is also involved with the Red Cross Club on his school’s campus. In that capacity, Franks helps to set up the campus blood drives and makes reminder calls to blood donors. Since November 2010, the Menlo College blood drives have collected 430 units of blood.

“The Red Cross is an organization that helps so many people and saves many people's lives,” Franks said. “Being a part of this organization means that I too am helping others, and that's what I am truly passionate about.”

The college students join 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.

In addition to welcoming its newest members, the Board also elected the following officers at the July 27 meeting:

Chair: Thomas Petty of Livermore owns WSI Internet Consulting & Education. Petty has been a member of the Board for more than four years and has previously served as Vice Chair and Secretary. He has sponsored 57 community blood drives in Livermore since 2002. Nearly 2,800 pints of blood were collected at those drives.

Secretary: Marion Thomas-Depuit of Fremont is the Faith and Health Partnership Program Manager at John Muir Health in Concord. Thomas-Depuit has been a member of the Board for more than two years.

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