PASADENA – The local Red Cross is in a “rebuilding phase,” and its board of directors will be reduced in size and restructured as it searches for a new CEO, board members said. The board is taking the actions in response to an independent analysis that said recent management missteps have tarnished the charity’s credibility. Board member and Pasadena fire Chief Dennis Downs said the organization is now working to regain its standing in the community, and that rebuilding the chapter starts at the top. The Red Cross’s reputation has been hurt at the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, but also at the regional level, he said. Downs was chairman of an ad hoc board committee from the Pasadena-based Red Cross chapter that reviewed the recommendations of the so-called “Blue Ribbon” committee, a panel of community leaders convened to address criticism – related to the board, former CEO Angie Turner and the organizational structure – reported in the media since September. The board decided Wednesday to implement many of the committee’s recommendations, Downs said. Specifically, the board decided to become more involved in running the chapter and include volunteers familiar with service delivery, he said. The committee specifically criticized current board Chairman Michael Zoeller in its Feb. 22 report. Zoeller hired Turner as CEO even though she had served prison time in the 1980s for her role in a heroin smuggling ring. Turner was in her 30s and a registered nurse at the time, but made her conviction sound more like a youthful indiscretion when she told Zoeller, the chairman of her search committee. Zoeller didn’t tell the other committee members or seek additional details from Turner about her criminal history. Zoeller said he will not resign immediately, though he will step down as chairman in July when the board makes its usual transitions. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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