Happy Friday Everyone!

To kick off a great weekend, we’re going to introduce you to Khoa and Jessi, two members of our new AmeriCorps Team here at the Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids. Jessi, a returning AmeriCorps member, will be working in the Education sector of our branch, and Khoa will balance two roles as he plans both community events and coordinates blood drives.

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Name: Jessi Niswonger

Hometown: Lake Odesa, Michigan

College: Baptist Bible College

Hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, crafts, Marie Catrib’s, baking, and anything outdoors.

Position: Community Disaster Education Coordinator

“I teach disaster preparedness and prevention to youth in the community.”

Name: Khoa Nguyen

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

College: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Hobbies: Traveling & learning about difficult cultures; exotic foods; sports & games

Positions: Community Event Coordinator and Blood Service Coordinator

“I intake event appearance requests from community organizations and organize a team of volunteers to represent the Red Cross at the host organization’s event. I also ensure that blood drives throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area are staffed with an adequate number of volunteers.”


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