After 28 years working as a vocational career instructor and counselor both in the public and private sectors, Steve Abels was selected as the new Donor Resource Supervisor for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Southwest Washington. In his new position, he will be responsible for the logistics involved in meeting the demand for blood products.
Steve views job challenges as balancing limited blood collection resources with the increasing demand for blood products while adding to the pool of volunteer donors. Since the Red Cross is primarily a volunteer-staffed organization, Steve also believes it is highly important to take good care of the many people who give of their time to help.
Steve first became involved with the Red Cross as a youth through swimming classes. As an adult, he became an instructor for first aid/CPR classes. He spent more than seven years training others to teach first aid/CPR with the Red Cross in Eugene, Oregon. He is a regular platelet donor as well because he said he “has a passion to help others.”
Steve and his wife, Josie, live in Gresham, Oregon. Their son, Zachary, lives in Twin Falls, Idaho. Steve will be working out of the Clark County Donor Center located near the Vancouver Mall.
SW Washington Red Cross