Northern California Region Announces New Board Member

July 20, 2010

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region is pleased to announce the latest addition to its Board of Directors.  Marion Thomas-DePuit, a Fremont resident and decorated healthcare industry professional, officially joined the Board on July 16.

“My life's work involves partnering with individuals, churches and agencies whose mission is to serve those in need,” Thomas-DePuit said.  “I believe working with the Red Cross at this time in my life is a perfect fit.  The Red Cross provides invaluable services to [the community].”

Thomas-DePuit began her career in healthcare in 1974, when she earned her associates degree in nursing.  Since then, she has earned a B.S. in nursing as well as a public health nursing degree and served her field in a variety of positions and locations throughout the Bay Area – including Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, Veteran’s Administrative Hospital in Palo Alto, the Masonic Home for Adults in Union City and St. Rose Hospital in Hayward.

Currently, Thomas-DePuit is the Faith and Health Partnership Program Manager at John Muir Health in Concord.  She is also the secretary of the Health Ministries Association, a national organization which promotes whole-person health through faith groups in the community. 

“I’m extremely happy to welcome [Thomas-DePuit] to our Board of Directors,” said Jay Winkenbach, CEO Northern California Blood Services Region.  “Her extensive professional experience and involvement with the community will make her a tremendous asset to the Board.  I look forward to working with her.”

Thomas-DePuit maintains a professional involvement with nearly 10 different organizations in the Bay Area that include the Alameda County Health Ministries Network (president), the American Heart Association African American Advisory Council, the Northern California Faith Community Nurse Educators Network and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.  She was also a member of the National Black Nurses Association (1980 – 2005) and the leadership council for the American Cancer Society Central Alameda County (2000 – 2007). 

Thomas-DePuit’s relationship with the American Cancer Society is a long one.  She has been a volunteer with the organization since 1988, and has taken part in a number of programs, such as Reach for Recovery, Tell a Friend and Relay for Life.  She has also acted as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society in Sacramento.  In 2006, she was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thomas-DePuit 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.