Red Cross Hires Director

June 13, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The American Red Cross of West Central Michigan has appointed Lisa Marks to the position of executive director.

She will oversee Red Cross efforts in Barry, Ionia, Kent, and Montcalm counties. Marks comes to Grand Rapids with significant Red Cross knowledge, as well as proven leadership in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Marks was most recently the executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan. During her tenure in the Traverse City area she facilitated the merger of a six-county jurisdiction and brought to life programs, services, and a strong volunteer base.

Marks chairs the State Communications Committee, is a Red Cross liaison for Homeland Security and Bio-Terrorism planning, and plays an active role as a member of the organization’s State Conference Planning Committee.

In addition, Marks was one of 30 individuals selected from across the country to participate in a two-year executive leadership program grooming successful executives for CEO positions in the top 150 Red Cross chapters.

Marks brings with her an emphasis on preparedness in a post-Sept. 11 world. “There is a realization that our world has changed. The Red Cross plays a key role in assessing our community’s readiness and ability to respond to natural and manmade disasters,” said Marks. “My goal is to revitalize staff, volunteers and the community around our mission, helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. It’s what the Red Cross does best.”

Marks graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with majors in Human and Family Development, International Relations, and Intercultural Communication.

Beyond the American Red Cross, Marks is involved in the United Way, is a Rotarian, and serves Big Brothers-Big Sisters and Youth for Understanding.  She has a son and enjoys her role as an active mother. Music, skiing, and home remodeling take up any spare time she might have.

“The Red Cross is a necessary and viable organization whose success relies upon the support of this community. I want to communicate that to everyone.”           

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