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Celebrating AHA Rockstars



On June 16th, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Greater Washington Region (GWR) hosted its 4th annual ambassador recognition reception at the Bank of America building in Washington, DC. The event highlighted and recognized AHA’s most active and effective volunteers and advocates in the DC area during the past fiscal year. Over 50 ambassadors and advocates were honored for their outstanding contributions throughout the course of the fiscal year.

Troy Johnson, a reporter for NBC4 Washington and other DC media outlets emceed the ceremony along with GWR Executive Director Soula Antoniou.

The awardees were recognized for their devotion to AHA, for giving their time and energy to the mission, championing policy priorities to governments in DC, MD, and VA, and for helping to pass life-saving legislation by testifying at hearings and communicating with lawmakers. Awardees were also honored for sharing their stories at AHA events including Heart Walk, Stroke Awareness Day, and Lawyers Have Heart.

Special honors were given to the GWR’s “Mission Pioneers” - individuals who are not only top level ambassadors, but who have served on Mission and Advocacy committees and the DC Stroke Collaborative. These volunteers have given their time and extraordinary energy at countless events, fundraising and serving as media spokespeople.

Several You’re the Cure advocates were honored for their contributions to AHA’s policy campaigns in Washington, DC during the fiscal year, including: Neha Aggarwal, Dr. Richard Benson, Nancy Chapman, Michele Coleman, and Franciel Dawes.

Outgoing GWR board president Dr. Todd Villines was given special recognition for his exceptional leadership during this fiscal year. While leading the board, Dr. Villines has worked diligently to raise awareness of CPR training in schools in DC, VA, and MD. He is leading GWR’s Community Plan project and passionately advocates for AHA’s priorities in the DC Council. .

The American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Region could not achieve its impact goals without these incredible volunteers. AHA is incredibly grateful for all of the hard work and energy by our GWR ambassadors and advocates and their contributions to our mission.


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