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Friday, March 14, 2014

Meet the Chairs of the Red Cross Ball: Tisha and Brian Schuller


By Cat George

The Century of Champions Red Cross Ball is only a week away, and we're excited to say that it has sold out!

We are very proud to have husband-and-wife team Tisha and Brian Schuller as our Century of Champions Red Cross Ball chairs.  

Tisha and Brian are no stranger to disaster and personally have experienced the comfort and hope that the Red Cross provides during such events.  The Schullers live in rural Boulder County with their two boys and have been evacuated not once but twice during recent disasters!  Their first experience with the Red Cross came during the Four Mile fire of 2010, when they were one of many families who received comfort and support from the Red Cross after being evacuated from the fast-moving wildfire.

“We didn’t know where to go, so we went to the Red Cross shelter. We were so impressed by the compassion and organization of the Red Cross volunteers – the amazing way they took care of our neighbors and our community - that we have been Red Cross supporters ever since,” Tisha said.  Their experience inspired Tisha to join the Red Cross Board of Directors, on which she has served for the past 3 years.

During the floods in September 2013 their community was once again impacted – in fact, their home became stranded by the flood waters and their children and Brian’s father had to be air-lifted out by helicopter.  Brian, a first responder himself who volunteers as a firefighter for the Four Mile Fire Department, remained in his community to support those who were stranded. 

“The most important thing was to get the boys reunited with Tisha, then I could really focus on the community needs.  For days the rain continued to fall and we had to get residents out via helicopter, ATV, river crossing, or on foot,” Brian said.

Tisha and Brian met as their paths crossed through their careers in environmental and engineering consulting. Tisha graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems with an emphasis in Geology and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.  Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Geological Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. After 12 years of consulting in that field, he turned to serve as a full-time stay-at-home dad and volunteer firefighter. 

When the opportunity arose to support the Red Cross during the Colorado Century Celebration in 2014, Tisha and Brian stepped up to lead the helm of the Century of Champions Red Cross ball, which will be held in Denver on March 22. “We couldn’t be happier to give back to the Red Cross in such a fun and meaningful way,” Tisha and Brian agree.

Find out more about Century Celebration events at www.redcross.org/colorado-100.

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