Meet Our Florida Advocacy Committee

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 Florida 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 2016-17 Florida Advocacy Subcommittee:

  • Wayne  Rich, Chair – Counsel to Broad and Cassel, Attorneys at Law, Orlando
  • Latonja (Toni) Richardson, Vice Chair – Consumer Affairs Investigator, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville
  • Allyce Heflin, Member – Government Affairs Director, Southern Strategy, Tallahassee
  • Jabari Paul, Member –  North Florida Director, Faith in Florida
  • Patricia Love, Member – Registered Nurse, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Tom Nasby, Member – Vice President, Network Vice President, Aetna Insurance
  • Jose Romano, Member – Assistant Vice President, Community and Business Relations, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Roderick Harvey, Member – Managing Partner, HCT CPA’s, Hollywood
  • Ron Walker, Member – two-time heart transplant survivor, Jupiter

Stay tuned as we release our 2016-17 public policy agenda for Florida and let you know how you can help advocate in your community!



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