American Red Cross SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Honoree’s Name: Susan Johnson

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

For over 25 years, Susie Johnson has served in multiple leadership and frontline roles with the American Red Cross of Orange County. Her most important role however is serving as the glue that holds the disaster staff together. She supports the Red Cross volunteer and paid workforce with the same kindness, patience and compassionate care as she does the disaster clients the Red Cross serves.
Just being Susie has had special significance in 2020 during the busiest SoCal disaster season in over a decade, during which the Red Cross responded to 13 wildfires in the second half of the year. Her service has allowed the Red Cross it’s mission!
Honoree’s Name: Luanne Marek

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Over the last five years, Luanne Marek has built a team of Disaster Health Services volunteers to provide compassionate support to families who have been affected by disaster. In 2020, Luanne expanded her role to serve as the Regional Lead for Disaster Health Services, generously sharing her knowledge and skills as a mentor and resource to fellow volunteers. Luanne is an integral part of the Disaster Leadership team. Her sharp, dry wit is appreciated by all!
Luanne’s leadership has had special significance in 2020 during the busiest SoCal disaster season in over a decade, during which the Red Cross responded to 13 wildfires. Her service has allowed the Red Cross to continue it’s mission.
Honoree’s Name: Ashwin Rangan

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

I would like to honor Ashwin Rangan for the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. As the Chairman of our Board of Directors for the past 2 years, Ashwin has faced a constantly changing environment including transitions within the organization in addition to the impacts of a global pandemic. Throughout all of these changes, Ashwin’s calm, professional and inspiring demeanor have kept the Board of Directors engaged and invested in the mission.
Having served on the Board for the past 8 years, his institutional knowledge and leadership have been invaluable in this virtual environment; the Board has continued to grow and engagement and connectivity have remained stable.
Honoree’s Name: Crystal Gerber

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

The Development Team would like to nominate Crystal Gerber for the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Crystal exemplifies strength, dedication, and most of all “spirit” in her eagerness to support our team in any way that she can, positive energy and openness to assist in a variety of projects, and flexibility to tack on an additional volunteer position (Fundraising Stewardship Volunteer) alongside her current Fundraising Event Planning Lead duties
Crystal’s projects have ranged from Orange County Real Heroes outreach and nomination research, and stewarding donors via thank you letters and creating recognition certificates for major corporate donors. Bravo to this outstanding volunteer!!
Honoree’s Name: Laura Siegelman

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Laura had a great impact on our department being a regular outstanding Thursday volunteer at Laguna Hills Donation Center. She is known for being extremely personable with donors giving them a very welcome feeling that results in blood donor satisfaction and return.
Laura also fills in for regular openings whenever she is available keeping the Laguna Hills Donation Center volunteer coverage rate at 100%. Thank you, Laura, for your service and dedication to the Red Cross mission!
Honoree’s Name: Susan Brodecky

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Susan Brodecky is a subject matter expert in Change Management and has greatly assisted us as we have moved through organizational changes and new territorial alignments. In addition, Sue partnered with team members to build upon expenditure planning to optimize the use of a specific grant’s generous gift.
Serving our communities throughout our region led to her completing training to support multiple departments in carrying out the mission virtually. She also assists with addressing volunteer relations challenges and is a true asset to our team.
Honoree’s Name: Mariana Jaimes

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Mariana serves as our Youth Clubs Outreach Committee Lead and helps manage all 50+ of our Red Cross Clubs in Orange County. She empowers her team to form direct relationships with club officers to consistently engage them in upcoming events and activities.
Mariana has helped reinvent our club management structure to form a stronger communication channel throughout the county. Thank you, Mariana, for your service, leadership, and dedication to the Red Cross mission!
Honoree’s Name: Alicia Escobedo 

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Long time Red Cross volunteer Alicia Escobedo stepped into a critical leadership role in 2020, sharing her outstanding skills to successfully build a team and develop processes that enabled the American Red Cross of Orange County to continue providing its critical function of providing feeding for evacuees after a disaster.
Her service during the busiest SoCal disaster season in over a decade, during which the Red Cross responded to 13 wildfires, allowed the ARC to continue its mission despite the challenges of the COVID environment and for which we recognize her today!
Honoree’s Name: DiAun Burns

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

DiAun Burns Caring, compassionate, practical support of American Red Cross clients, a positive ‘can do’ attitude, inclusivity, attention to detail, commitment to the Red Cross mission, a conscientious steward of the donor dollar, and a willingness to jump in and figure out how to serve in new roles are all attributes that DiAun Burns brings to her service with the Red Cross.
DiAun’s service during the busiest SoCal disaster season in over a decade, during which the ARC responded to 13 wildfires, allowed the ARC to continue its mission during the challenges of the COVID environment and for which we recognize her today!
Honoree’s Name: John Monahan

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

John Monahan consistently demonstrates essential leadership traits in his volunteer role. His calm and humorous style, and his generosity of time, talent and skills contribute to the success of the Red Cross through thousands of hours of service. In 2020, John applied his knowledge and skills to pivot operations into a virtual environment, sustaining Red Cross compassionate to families who were affected by home fires.
John’s continuing service during the busiest SoCal disaster season in over a decade, during which the Red Cross responded to 13 wildfires, allowed the Red Cross to continue its mission during challenges of COVID and for which we recognize him today!

 


3 thoughts on “American Red Cross SOV 21

  1. What an extraordinary group of human beings! We are so lucky to have these incredible, dedicated volunteers serving the American Red Cross mission here in Orange County. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

  2. Thank you to all of the extraordinary volunteers for Red Cross! You’ve made such a positive impact in the lives of so many in our communities!

  3. Congrats to a well deserved group of Red Cross Volunteers. Thank you for all the great work that you do and your valuable gift of time!

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