The American Heart Association is working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020. Policy change is essential for us to meet this bold goal – and our volunteers are at the heart of our efforts.
Each year, the American Heart Association invites a diverse group of volunteers to serve on the Alabama Advocacy Committee, which is the advisory board to volunteers and staff on state public advocacy issues. With the leadership of our subcommittee, we create a state public policy agenda that impacts heart disease and stroke risk factors and protects heart disease and stroke patients. We also conduct grassroots and lobbying activities to educate the public and policymakers about the need for policy change.
This year, we are proud to announce our 2019-2020 Florida Advocacy Subcommittee:
Marsha Kiner, MA, CAE, Chair – Deputy Executive Director, Association of Florida Colleges.
April Andrews-Singh, Esq. - General Counsel and SVP Regulatory Issues for Niklaus Children’s Hospital.
Gloria I Boisvert - a teacher at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL. She is a CVD survivor, has advocated for CPR in Schools and helped pass the issue through the Orange County Public School System
JR Bourne – An SCA survivor, who serves as Manager, Corporate Marketing for the PGA Tour.
Christie Bruner – Recreation Manager for the City of St. Petersburg.
David Christian – Executive Director of Government Relations for AdventHealth.
Crystal Collins Spencer, Esq. – Attorney in Pensacola and caregiver for cardiac patients.
Victoria Hunter Gibney, BS, BA, MPH – University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Kerry Hyman, O.D. – Orlando optometrist
Joe Meyer - Student at Florida State University, Heart disease survivor.
Dan Moran - Retired business executive and Founder of Next ACT
John Mouw - Technical Training Supervisor for Baptist Hospitals of South Florida
LaTonja “Toni” Richardson - DSci, Client Relations Executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.
Carl Shank - Chief of Special Projects, St. Johns County Fire Rescue
Veronica Tomor, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacologist with Portola Pharmaceuticals, Stroke caregiver
The Florida Advocacy Committee members is expected to vote on our state public policy agenda for 2019-2020 next month. We'll share the approved agenda with you the October edition of The Pulse. Stay tuned!