While it's the early stages of the Clay Center native's professional career, West thinks she's found a good fit.

"It's such a wonderful and reputable nonprofit (organization)," said West, 23, who graduated from Kansas State University in May. "I looked at it as who wouldn't jump at the chance to work here?"

With seven years of experience as a volunteer lifeguard, West had a personal connection to the service-oriented mission of the Red Cross. "And once I started learning about all of the Wichita chapter's programs, it was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up," she said.

West produces media materials, advertising copy, brochures, booklets, newsletters and donor correspondence for the organization. A former news editor for K-State's student newspaper, West joined the Red Cross after serving a post-graduate internship with the Wichita Clinic.

"I tend to be someone who jumps into something headfirst while being very organized and trying to maintain consistency," West said. "Knowing how a newsroom works and how to get a message into it, it's definitely beneficial."