Corey Cook, Melinda Merril and Ann Riedesel have joined the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho.
Cook is the dean of the school of public affairs at Boise State University. Previously, he served as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco. He taught political science at USF, San Francisco State University and Rutgers University. Cook holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and peace and conflict studies from the University of California Berkeley and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin.
Merrill is a partner with Eiguren Ellis Public Policy. She has 20 years of experience managing issues for clients throughout the state and provides Eiguren Ellis clients with media, reputational and crisis communications counseling. Previously, Merrill was the director of public affairs for Fred Meyer Stores for 10 years. She also spent eight years in the Portland office of the international public relations and public affairs firm Hill & Knowlton. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from Kent State University.
Riedesel is the communications director for Fluor Idaho. She has 20 years of experience in communications and public relations and has worked with government contractors including Fluor, BNFL Inc. and Eg&G Inc as well as two Idaho businesses: North Wind Group and Portage Inc. Riedesel is the chair of the Idaho Falls Arts Council and previously served as the executive director for the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Idaho State University.