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Board of Directors
Andrew Mersmann, President
Russ Charvonia, Vice President
Mike Bradley, Treasurer
Jason Arvizu, Immediate Past President / Secretary
Jessica Blanchfield, Board Member
David Coss, Board Member
Lea Elder, Board Member

Council of Advisors
James Bosch
Colleen Youngblood
Jim Knopf
Jill Sproul, RN, MS
Rich Rodriguez
Matthew Gustafson
Erika Corona-Mendoza
Cara Goodman
Catherine Heringer
Dave Killmer
Kim Tran
Hayden Williams, III

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is governed by an Executive Board of Directors and a Council of Advisors. Both leadership teams are composed of members of the fire service, burn care professionals, burn survivors, corporate and community leaders, and energetic, motivated people just like you.

For information about the Board of Directors and Council of Advisors, or if you have questions for the Board, please send an email to and insert "Board of Directors" or "Council of Advisors" in your e-mail subject line.

AARBF Seeks New Executive Board Members and Council of Advisors

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. Board Members will be elected for their knowledge, experience and/or professional networks that are deemed important for Board decision making, Committees or other Board business. Council Members generally require less time commitment and can tailor their committee work and volunteer actions to their specific interests and passions for the foundation’s mission. Areas of expertise desired, for both roles, include, but are not limited to: burn survivors, legal background, fire service, burn-related medical staff or administrators, marketing, fundraising, public relations, finance, development, management, and education/prevention. Standing and ad hoc committees and areas of interest for both bodies include: Survivor Programs, Prevention and Education, Development and Fundraising, Communications, and more. Each Board or Council member is encouraged to seek Board Member prospects and inspired Councilors of this type who may be appropriate and nominate them at the annual election time.

For questions on becoming part of our Board of Directors or Council of Advisors, please contact Jennifer Radics-Johnson at or 818-848-0223 ext. 12.



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