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Red Cross Board Has 7 New Directors

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica installed seven community leaders to its Board Of Directors for 2007/2008 at a public meeting and luncheon held at the chapter last month.

New to the board is Judy Chambers Beck, a Santa Monica interior designer and artist. She attended Massachusetts College of Art and the Boston Museum School where she majored in graphic design Her previous American Red Cross affiliations include a Board member of the North Bergen County Red Cross of New Jersey in 1992-1997.

Among Judy's honors and recognitions are numerous advertising and graphic design Awards, New Jersey Red Cross volunteer and fundraising awards, and John Muir School volunteer awards.

Daniel Cody is originally from Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Memphis and The American Graduate School of International Management. He has lived and worked in Santa Monica for the past 10 years and is a high tech professional with over 10 years experience managing and running both startup's and large organizations. He currently manages strategic alliances for a bay area software company.

Dr. Lisa Masterson, M.D. specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the founder of the Santa Monica-based Maternal Fetal Care International -- a nonprofit public benefit corporation that helps mothers and children survive and enjoy better health in Ghana and impoverished parts of Africa and in India.

Dr. Masterson belongs to a number of professional organizations such as The American Medical Association American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, LA Society of OB/GYN, The Association of Black Women Physicians and Medicine for Humanity.

She is a voluntary faculty member at the USC School of Medicine and is on the cancer committee at the Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital and the speakers bureau at St. John’s Medical Center. Dr. Masterson was one of four “Spirit Award” honorees at this year's’ Red Cross “Red Tie Affair.”

Sally Pai is Chief Investment Officer, First Private Bank & Trust in Santa Monica, a part of Boston Private Wealth Management Group. She is fluent in English, Japanese, Taiwanese and Mandarin. She worked at UBS Paine Webber in Singapore, Societe General in London and for Nomura Securities in various locations around the world.

After returning to Santa Monica in 2001, Sally has been involved with various local nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the Santa Monica Rotary Club, Ambassador of Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and a member of both the Japanese and Chinese Chambers of Commerce. She is also a Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow.

Marolyn Freedman is the Pupil Services Coordinator for the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District and a part-time faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, Graduate School of Education.

Locally, Marolyn is involved with Santa Monica Police Department Police Activities League, the California Assoc. School Psychologists, National Association of School Psychologists and is the SMMUSD’s partner with the Santa Monica Red Cross for emergency preparedness.

Two other Board members assumed positions on the Santa Monica Red Cross board earlier in the year

Iao Katagiri joined the Board in April, 2006. She is Deputy Vice President, Office of External Affairs, and Director of Community Relations for the RAND Corporation. Iao is responsible for community and local governmental relations for RAND’s headquarters site in Santa Monica, CA.

She has a long history of community involvement and has sat on the boards of many of Santa Monica's nonprofits and civic organizations. Iao received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Wendell Shirley joined the Board in October, 2006. Wendell Shirley joined the Santa Monica Police Department in 1993 as a Patrolman and quickly rose through the ranks to occupy the position of Captain.

Captain Shirley has held many volunteer and professional positions in the community including a racial profiling instructor at the Simon Wiesenthal, Museum of Tolerance, Law Enforcement section. He is also on the Board of Directors and a past president of SMPD PAL.

Captain Shirley got his BA degree from California State University, Northridge in 1990 and a Masters of Public Administration from CSN in 1993.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts. For information or to inquire about programs or assistance call 310-394-3773 or online at

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