Circle of Care Burn Foundation Names Three New Board Members: Distinguished Civic, Health and Business Leaders with a Commitment to Public Service

The Circle of Care Burn Foundation (“COCBF”) (http://www.circleofcareburnfoundation.org), announces the addition of three new members to its board of directors: Beverly Hills Fire Chief Timothy J. Scranton; Patricia Mieszala, RN; and Brian M. Oard, Senior Wealth Strategist for The Northern Trust Company.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 07, 2012

The Circle of Care Burn Foundation (“COCBF”) (http://www.circleofcareburnfoundation.org), announces the addition of three new members to its board of directors: Beverly Hills Fire Chief Timothy J. Scranton; Patricia Mieszala, RN; and Brian M. Oard, Senior Wealth Strategist for The Northern Trust Company.

Chief Scranton is a recent COCBF honoree from the second annual Ultimate Trunk Show, presented by Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, which honored his leadership and the contributions of first responders. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year Award for Outstanding Dedication to Duty and the Harvey Adair Award for Meritorious Service, Chief Scranton has 30 years of emergency service experience. A former Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Beverly Hills, Chief Scranton was appointed to the top post in 2007.

Ms. Mieszala is the Founder of Burn Concerns National Consultant and Education Services. She has over 40 years of experience – and international recognition – in the areas of psychiatry, burn care, rehabilitation, prevention, fire safety, and issues relating to juvenile arson and injury prevention. Her current work follows ten years of service as the Psychiatric Burn Nurse Clinician at the Summer L. Koch Burn Center of Cook County Hospital (now the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital) in Illinois.

Mr. Oard has 19 years of investment experience and is in his 2nd year with Northern Trust. He is also a former Associate Professor of Finance at California Lutheran University, where he taught employee benefits and retirement planning for the MBA Program. A former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Restore Hope in Somalia, Mr. Oard is a recipient of the Naval Commendation Medal with Valor for action in Operation Desert Storm.

“Timothy Scranton, Patricia Mieszala and Brian Oard are leaders of exceptional caliber, professionals who improve and defend the lives of others. Their collective contributions are an inspiration for anyone who seeks to make a positive impact on behalf of their community or the nation at large. Their role as board members of COCBF is a testament to our work with burn survivors, doctors, nurses and the many individuals who value our efforts,” says Linda David, CEO of COCBF.

“It is an honor to join the board of The Circle of Care Burn Foundation, which supports patients through the healing process. This organization is a critical lifeline for patients and their families, groups unprepared to deal with catastrophic injuries relating to burns. From their medical and psychological assistance to their financial aid, which is a safety net for those with little or no insurance, COCBF is a go-to resource for many individuals. I welcome the chance to work alongside my fellow board members, as we begin 2013 with a series of events, activities and fundraisers for the people we serve,” states Chief Scranton.

Dr. Richard Grossman, Founder of Grossman Burn Centers and COCBF, says: “These new board members are genuine heroes, availing themselves of the opportunity – without hesitation – to help those who most need our attention and compassion. I salute their contributions, and look forward to collaborating with them.”

COCBF provides assistance to burn survivors and their families. In addition to its close ties to the renowned Grossman Burn Centers, which it supports through direct patient assistance and other programs, COCBF has expanded its programs and reach to include all of Southern California. To learn more about the Circle of Care Burn Foundation, or to make a secure, tax-deductible donation to support its work with burn survivors, please visit: http://www.circleofcareburnfoudation.org.


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