Governing board

Heart to Heart is a 501(c)3 volunteer-driven charity organization, led by a governing board of directors. Board members provide organizational oversight to ensure consistent programmatic and financial accountability. They all share a strong belief in the effectiveness and value of developing self-sustaining heart centers to save children born with heart defects.

Given the long-term objective of our mission and the complexity of cardiac medicine, board continuity is key. Most current members have provided more than a decade of continuous service. The board functions as a team; decisions are made by consensus and then implemented by a combination of board members, office staff, and medical volunteers. The Board works closely with the executive director to allocate resources, maximize donor ROI, and build our own organizational sustainability.

NILAS YOUNG, MD   Founder & Medical Director  Professor & Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery UC Davis Medical Center

NILAS YOUNG, MD
Founder & Medical Director
Professor & Chief,
Cardiothoracic Surgery
UC Davis Medical Center

JOSIE EVERETT  Executive Director

JOSIE EVERETT
Executive Director

SHALU SALUJA, ESQ.   Board Chair  Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, E2 Consulting

SHALU SALUJA, ESQ.
Board Chair
Chief Administrative
Officer & General Counsel,
E2 Consulting

LIZBETH HASSE, ESQ.   General Counsel  Creative Industry Law, LLP

LIZBETH HASSE, ESQ.
General Counsel
Creative Industry Law, LLP

FRANK CETTA, MD   President  Adult and Pediatric Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

FRANK CETTA, MD
President
Adult and Pediatric Cardiologist,
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

ERIK HOLLAND   Treasurer  President, Fidelity Insurance Service

ERIK HOLLAND
Treasurer
President,
Fidelity Insurance Service

KEITH FLACHSBART, MD   Board Member  Chief Emeritus, CV Surgery Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

KEITH FLACHSBART, MD
Board Member
Chief Emeritus, CV Surgery
Kaiser Permanente,
San Francisco

SCOTT PARKER   Board Member  Chief Operating Officer, Sumitomo Electric Innovations USA

SCOTT PARKER
Board Member
Chief Operating Officer,
Sumitomo Electric
Innovations USA

Emeriti Board Members

TERRI BURKE  Vice President, Surgical Enablers Program, Edwards Lifesciences

TERRI BURKE
Vice President,
Surgical Enablers Program,
Edwards Lifesciences

STEVE HOLLAND   Chairman Emeritus  Former President, Fidelity Insurance Service

STEVE HOLLAND
Chairman Emeritus
Former President,
Fidelity Insurance Service

KAREN O’BRIEN, PhD  Consultant, Advancing Green Chemistry

KAREN O’BRIEN, PhD
Consultant,
Advancing Green Chemistry

LISA SUENNEN  Managing Partner, GE Ventures

LISA SUENNEN
Managing Partner,
GE Ventures