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AHA Announces 2017-18 Mississippi Advocacy Committee

Each year, the American Heart Association invites a diverse group of volunteers to join the Mississippi Advocacy Committee. We are honored to have the following volunteers serving in these important roles for our state. 


This year, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Chip Johnson as Chairman of the state advocacy committee. Chip resides in Hernando, where he served as Mayor for 12 years. During that time he was a 'champion' in promoting healthy living in his city. Johnson in 2010 was one of only two mayors in the country chosen to help former first lady Michelle Obama kick off her Let’s Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity. Our vice-chair is Ollie Galloway. Ollie advocated for the AHA and it's life-saving mission at the White House in September of 2016. Ollie has a powerful story with her son, E.J.,  who survived a cardiac arrest on the basketball court while he was in high school. We are grateful to have these two individuals lead our committee this year.

Members include: 

  • Chip Johnson
  • Dr. Richard Summers
  • Ron Schnoor
  • Ollie Galloway
  • Rhonda Lampkin
  • Lolita Bolden
  • Jan Collins
  • Margie Jepson
  • Tonya Ware

With the help of these volunteer leaders, we will develop and execute a state policy agenda that will work towards preventing and treating heart disease and stroke in Mississippi.  Stay tuned as the committee prepares to release its agenda for the fiscal year. 

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