From employee to rock star volunteer and philanthropist, Catherine Barde-Levanthal is an incredible example of what it means to give your time, talent and treasure.
Catherine was first inspired to deploy following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. While Catherine said that she “didn’t know how I would be able to provide for clients and not be affected,” it was that experience which helped her feel “on solid ground” when disaster struck her own community. While employed at the Red Cross as the Director of Communications and Fund Development at the
|Catherine Barde-Leventhal (L) with her husband Jim Leventhal and|
Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern at the Leventhal home in Denver.
Photo credit American Red Cross
After she left her position as paid staff she continued to volunteer for the Red Cross. All told, Catherine has deployed 10 times, responding to disasters all over the country including Superstorm Sandy, the 2013 Colorado Floods and working as a Digital volunteer partnering with the International Federation of the Red Cross for the Nepal Earthquake. She was most recently honored with the opportunity to be a part of the Red Cross Papal Communications Team, sharing stories about how they were assisting with the reunification of families separated in the historic visit.
|Catherine Barde-Leventhal provided hope and comfort while|
deployed during the Superstorm Sandy Response. Photo
credit American Red Cross
|Catherine Barde-Leventhal (seated) monitors social|
media at the Red Cross Digital Operations Center in
Dallas, TX in May 2015. Photo credit American