Volunteer Team

GDPC proudly engages a diverse team of volunteers who bring unique skills and experience to strengthen our work. Our volunteer roles include:

  • Graphic Design: creating infographics, illustrations, photographs, flyers, and other visual elements for the website and GDPC program support.
  • Content Creation: researching and writing stories and sourcing quality content to share on our website and social media.
  • WhatNow Outreach: supporting National Society implementation of the GDPC early action messaging tool.
  • Research Support: providing short-term in-depth analysis based on interviews, focus groups, and desk research to support evidence base and program management.
  • Digital Tool Testing: ensuring quality digital tools by identifying and testing bugs, and validating new features and functionality for apps and other digital tools.
  • Data Analysis & Visualization: unearthing findings based on data from user interactions and other program information to ensure accurate reporting and inform program decision-making.

Meet Our Volunteers

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Arina Zanin

Digital Tool Testing
Arina is a digital tool testing volunteer at GDPC focused on expanding Salesforce utilization. Outside of her Red Cross responsibilities, she has 6 years experience in banking, finance and operations. Arina holds a BS in accounting and economics from Binghamton University.
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Chris Howard

Data Analysis & Visualization
In addition to his work with the GDPC team, Chris is an active disaster services volunteer with the Twin Cities Chapter focusing primarily on Information & Planning. Interested in using data analysis and visualization to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
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Dale Gigandet

WhatNow Outreach
Red Cross volunteer with GDPC and Disaster Action Team, Northeast Massachusetts. Security, fire and life safety specialist with 30 years of experience in construction technology and risk management services. Avid runner and outdoor enthusiast. Volunteer since January 2019.
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Jodie Boisvert

Applied Research Volunteer
Jodie holds a BA degree in Applied Cultural Anthropology and an MPA degree, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from both degree programs. She is passionate about preparedness and ensuring that preparedness programming is relevant and effective across cultures. She joined GDPC to have a greater impact in the field in which she is most passionate, and has already worked on a BPI case study and Hazards App analysis.
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Joey Zhang

Graphic Design Volunteer
I am a Product Designer, working on Design System for digital products, as my day job. After work, I enjoy volunteering at American Red Cross as a Graphic Designer to help others in the way that I can and at my best. I believe every little help counts to make a big impact for a better world!
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JP Cantalino

Digital Tool Testing
JP is a currently a Software Engineer for Capital Rx, a pharmacy benefits startup located in Manhattan. He has been working in healthcare for almost a decade and is transitioning into research with Artificial General Intelligence.
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Kelly Reyes

Digital Tool Testing
Kelly has been a volunteer for American Red Cross since 2012. She is active with her local chapter in Utah, where she has earned multiple volunteer awards, and most recently joined the GDPC team in early 2020. She enjoys learning new technology tools and helping others interact successful with technology to help their work.
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Larisa Karlovich

Digital Tool Testing
Life-long information technologist with focus on risk and security. Excited to be part of American Red Cross volunteer team and applying my skills and experience to its mission. Originally from Ukraine. Passionate about travel and exploring other cultures. Love spending time with kids and seeing life through their eyes.
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Mark Wong

Graphic Design Volunteer
Mark is Head of Web Development for his company. He also volunteers with Do Space (Omaha), The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Nebraska), The Furniture Project (Omaha), Heartland Hope Mission (Omaha), and recently FAMILY, Inc (Council Bluffs). Mark is passionate about his work and frequently finds himself looking for new opportunities to help others. "Treat others the way you'd like to be treated".
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Marwa "Mira" Adam

Content Contributor
Mira is a native bilingual speaker of English and Arabic, and holds an MA in Communications & Political Science and BA English from University of Pennsylvania. She has 16+ years' experience as a content creator: writer, editor, researcher, interpreter & translator. She has expertise in social media, digital content, communications, and journalism. She has been a Researcher & Tour Guide Volunteer at the Archives Department for two years.
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Neha Jamwal

Data Analysis
I have over 7 years of experience in project management and consulting experience in both the financial and public sectors. Recently started as Data Analyst volunteer for Global Disaster Preparedness Center at American Red Cross. I formulate useful insights by actively analyzing user behavior & engagement for GDPC apps and Prepare Center website.
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Rebekah Fleck

Business Continuity Volunteer
Over my adult life I have served in my local church. I donated time in my childrens’ classrooms and with Girl Scouts. While working toward my associate degree, I supported the American Red Cross office staff in Ann Arbor, MI. My work experience is broad which includes more than a decade in healthcare as a respiratory therapist. From there I switched gears and transitioned into IT where I manage projects and function as an analyst in the financial and healthcare industries.
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Shruti Shah

Graphic Design Volunteer
Having studied Engineering and Management, I have briefly worked in different verticals like software development, sales and marketing for different industries. Lately I started exploring my artistic side and since then have been making digital illustrations and animated explainer videos. I am very glad I could contribute in these challenging times by designing characters for the Covid-19 Kids Kit.