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

FRANK CETTA, MD   President  Division Chair, Pediatric Cardiology Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

FRANK CETTA, MD
President
Division Chair,
Pediatric Cardiology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

SHALU SALUJA, ESQ   Secretary  Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, E2 Consulting

SHALU SALUJA, ESQ
Secretary
Chief Administrative
Officer & General Counsel,
E2 Consulting

ERIK HOLLAND   Treasurer  Vice President, Fidelity Insurance Service

ERIK HOLLAND
Treasurer
Vice 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

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

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

JOSIE EVERETT   Executive Director

JOSIE EVERETT
Executive Director

TERRI BURKE  Vice President, Surgical Enablers Program, Edwards Lifesciences

TERRI BURKE
Vice President,
Surgical Enablers Program,
Edwards Lifesciences

STEVE HOLLAND   Chairman Emeritus  President, Fidelity Insurance Service

STEVE HOLLAND
Chairman Emeritus
President,
Fidelity Insurance Service

KAREN O’BRIEN, PhD   Board Member  Consultant, Advancing Green Chemistry

KAREN O’BRIEN, PhD
Board Member
Consultant,
Advancing Green Chemistry

LISA SUENNEN   Board Member  Managing Partner, GE Ventures

LISA SUENNEN
Board Member
Managing Partner,
GE Ventures

 

Medical Advisory Council

Our medical advisory council is comprised of cardiac specialists with extensive experience both in patient care and teaching.

Additionally, several members have noteworthy expertise in developing open heart surgery programs for children, both in the U.S. and abroad. The Council is rounded out by Heart to Heart's medical statisticians and our executive director.

Every member of the Council is a bona fide Heart to Heartnik, a veteran of multiple surgical-educational missions to our sponsored sites in the Russian Federation and South America.

Collectively, these dedicated volunteers have participated on more than 150 teaching trips for Heart to Heart.

In addition to monitoring progress toward self-sustainability at each of our sponsored sites, the medical advisory council continually evaluates Heart to Heart's progress on our ambitious strategic effort, the Into the Heartland Campaign (2002–2019) and our Going Global Initiative.

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Emeriti Advisory Council Members

Mark Cocalis MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital

George Falkowski MD*
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Maryanne Kessel RN, MBA
Team Leader & Program Development Consultant
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center

Bert Litwin MD
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center

Gary Raff MD
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
UC Davis Medical Center

*fluent speaker of Russian

† fluent speaker of Spanish

Frank Cetta MDBoard President
Pediatric Cardiologist
Mayo Clinic

Josie Everett, Executive Director*
Team Leader & Senior Interpreter
Heart to Heart

Keith Flachsbart MD
Cardiac Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Natalia Lusin PhD*
Statistician & Interpreter
Heart to Heart

Albina Popova*
Program Manager
Heart to Heart

Janet Simsic MD
Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nathan Taggart MD*
Pediatric Cardiologist
Mayo Clinic

David Teitel MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Wilson MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Emory University Hospital/CHOA

Nilas Young MD, Founder & Medical Director
Cardiac Surgeon
UC Davis Medical Center

 
 

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300+ Volunteers

Over three hundred medical volunteers from leading U.S. children’s heart centers have traveled to Russia with Heart to Heart since 1989. Most return many times. One veteran volunteer describes her work with Heart to Heart as “the highest and best use” of her time and expertise.

250+ Hours

Over two hundred and fifty teaching and training hours are donated by our expert medical volunteers during each surgical-educational mission. Our teaching involves a progressive overview of pediatric cardiac medicine in classroom setting, where learners benefit from presentations tailored for their team. Our hands-on training allows each learner to apply new knowledge under the supervision of one of our highly-experienced specialists.

Volunteer Commitment

Heart to Heart Global Cardiac Care is volunteer-driven charity organization. Without our volunteers, we would not have been able to develop self-sustaining pediatric heart programs where the lives of more than 20,000 children have already been saved. Over the past twenty-five years, several hundred volunteers have supported us with their faith, kindness, and hard work.

Some of our volunteers will never know or meet the children they have helped save; others travel half a world away and work day and night to literally save the lives of dying children. Your donation enables them to provide free cardiac care to children.

Our medical volunteers, all highly experienced practicing cardiac specialists, return to our Russian partner sites year after year – working with compassion and respect for our colleagues to develop self-sustaining programs. Our volunteers are driven to help because they can see for themselves the dramatic impact they have when they contribute their teaching and cardiac expertise within the framework of Heart to Heart’s program model. Many of them have made a long-term commitment to travel annually to a site until it reaches self-sustainability. They also provide year-round data analysis and support from the U.S., including patient consultations. Our medical volunteers also host our Russian colleagues to observe physicians at renowned U.S. cardiac centers, for first-hand exposure to world-class established children’s heart programs. Our administrative volunteers do everything it takes to support their work and to document Heart to Heart’s progress.

 

Office Team

Our professional staff work year-round to collect data from each of our partner sites, connect our medical volunteers with our international medical colleagues as they advance toward self-sustainability, and evaluate and share program progress with all of our supporters.

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JOSIE EVERETT,
Executive Director

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ALBINA POPOVA,
Program Manager

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HANNAH HUNTER,
Communications &
Development Assistant

Consultants

HERNÁN CÁRCAMO, MD  Program Assistant, Latin America

HERNÁN CÁRCAMO, MD
Program Assistant, Latin America

R OSE GLICKMAN PHD,   Interviewer & Writer

ROSE GLICKMAN PHD,
Interviewer & Writer

ALYSON KUHN,   Senior Editor

ALYSON KUHN,
Senior Editor

SHERI KUNIYUKI,   Graphic Designer

SHERI KUNIYUKI,
Graphic Designer

MONET MONAGHAN CPA,   Non-profit accounting

MONET MONAGHAN CPA,
Non-profit accounting

IRMA OZASHVILI,   Program Assistant, Russia

IRMA OZASHVILI,
Program Assistant, Russia