Movers and Shakers

Red Cross adds five new members to its SW Washington board

The Southwest Washington chapter of the American Red Cross has announced that the following five people have joined the board of directors for the 2010-2011 fiscal year:


Jan Bader, city of Vancouver programs and policy development manager. Jan has worked for the city of Vancouver for 12 years after working for the American Lung Association for 15 years. She became involved with the Red Cross initially during development of the city's emergency management plan. She views her role as helping to set chapter policy and direction and ensuring adequate resources for chapter staff.


Denise Ferner, US Bank district manager, Longview. Denise has worked for US Bank for 18 years and was a branch manager in Woodland prior to her promotion. She currently serves on the Cowlitz Economic Development Council board and is active with the Portland Development Network and the Rotary Club. Denise views her role on the board as participating in community involvement to make continued improvement.


Royce Pollard, owner, Royce E. Pollard Consulting. Royce served for 14 years as the mayor of Vancouver following 7 years as a member of the Vancouver City Council. Prior to that, he was an officer in the United States Army for 27 years, retiring as Vancouver Barracks Commander in 1988. Royce was recently appointed to the Clark College Board of Trustees by Governor Christine Gregoire. He was presented with the Clark County First Citizen's Award in April 2010.

Royce became involved with the Red Cross initially during his military career, noting the many ways that the organization provided services to armed forces as well as local disaster relief. As a member of the chapter board, Royce views his role as assisting in setting policy and direction, focusing on the Red Cross mission and service, building team membership, providing guidance as appropriate and helping implement national and local policies.


Lauren Smith, student, Clark College and Prairie High School. Lauren is entering her senior year at PHS while also taking classes at Clark College as part of the Running Start program. She plans to study political science at the University of Washington following graduation from high school. Lauren became involved with the Red Cross as a high school freshman when she began looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the community. As a board member, Lauren feels she will contribute by surfacing ideas from a young person's perspective and improving community relations.


Vickie Su, student, Mountain View High School. A senior at MVHS this fall, Vickie is president of the school's honor society. She was recently awarded the 2010 Red Cross SW Washington Chapter Youth Programs Volunteer of the Year award. Vickie attended a Red Cross leadership development conference when she was a high school freshman, which led to her involvement with the local chapter. She views her role on the board as an observer and student of leadership dynamics, but also as a liaison between the youth council and the board.

The object of the chapter board is to partner with and provide guidance to the chapter executive in developing and monitoring strategies to deliver mission-related services, fundraising, the chapter expense and revenue budget, community presence and outreach within the chapter jurisdiction.

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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