Jim Hamilton  


Jim Hamilton joined the American Red Cross in 2001 as the CEO of the Seattle/King County Chapter, coming from prior careers in healthcare and the fire service. In 2004, Jim became the Service Area Executive for the northwestern U.S., and, subsequently the Divisional Vice President for 12 states in the western U.S., plus Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Jim led the disaster relief efforts in Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina and worked with local and federal agencies to find long term housing for the victims. “This was one of the most challenging and simultaneously rewarding situations of my career (within and prior to joining the Red Cross). It was truly an honor serving with such a great group of staff and volunteers.”

Ann Byrnes

Vice President

Membership Chair

Ann joined the Red Cross in 1996 as the director of Community Resources for the Seattle King County Chapter. In 2004 she served as the Chapter Solutions Manager for WA and AK with the West Service Area. In 2008 she became one of two of the first Chief Operations Officers(COO) in the division structure. Ann retired in 2016. One of her favorite projects prior to retiring was developing a New Executive Orientation for incoming Red Cross field leaders..


Michael Carroll

Past President

Nominations Chair

Nancy Blaschak   


Communications Chair

Nancy was employed by the American Red Cross for over thirty-five years in various management positions in Buffalo, NY, serving as Executive Director of the Greater Buffalo Chapter for more than twenty years. In 2014 she retired as the CEO of the combined Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions serving 17 counties in upstate New York. She has also served on national disaster operations – most recently heading the long-term recovery operation following Superstorm Sandy in New York City in 2013 - 14. She is now consulting for non-profit organizations and is the Program Director for the Health Leadership Fellows Program for the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. She has also served on and chaired boards of a number community organizations in Western New York.

Nancy and her husband John live in Eden, New York and Ft. Myers, Florida.

Jack Campbell


Finance Chair

Board Members

Harold Brooks

Advocacy & Education Chair

John E. Hendrickson

Matt Meyer

Fund Raising Chair

Gregg O'Ryan

Program & Services Chair

John Pacheco

Regions & Groups

Scarlet Sobasky

Scarlet began her 23-year Red Cross career in October, 1987 as an HR Associate working for both the Chapter and Blood Region in Fort Wayne, IN with a concentration in recruitment. In April 1997, she was promoted to HR Manager, and in 2001, promoted to Director of HR & Organizational Development with the Education function added in 2003. Scarlet transferred to the Tennessee Valley Blood Region as the Director of HR in 2005 where she facilitated two-way communication between management and line staff. In 2007, she returned to Fort Wayne Blood Services Region as the HR Manager to administer policies and maintain open staff relations. Scarlet retired in May 2010.

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