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Welcome, Kim!


The Mid-Atlantic Government Relations team is pleased to announce that the American Heart Association Grassroots’ staff is growing.  Please join us in welcoming to our team, Kim Chidester, Director of Grassroots and Local Advocacy.  Kim will be focusing on North and South Carolina and is based out of our office in Charlotte.  Kim’s first day was January 13th and we are excited to have her on board.   Read this greeting from Kim and then comment below to welcome her to the American Heart Association and You’re the Cure!


Greetings from the Queen City!

I am beyond excited to join the AHA Grassroots and Advocacy family of North and South Carolina.  Before we work together, I will fill you in a little bit on who I am.  I was born and raised in Charlotte (I’m told I’m 1 of 4 natives!) and I am the third of four kids.  I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a major in Business Management, and I am very much a huge “Niner Nation” football fan.  I have a Shih Tzu I adore, and in my free time (when I have it) I am an incredibly passionate and devoted Carolina Panthers fan (I am always happy to talk football any day of the week!), I love to run and play golf, and travel to the mountains of NC.  The wineries aren’t too bad to visit either!

I am most excited to be joining this team because I feel like our priorities really make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.  Throughout my professional career, my main objective has been to serve and to work for my volunteers and our community in the ways that will most make the largest, most positive impact - and the greatest part of coming to AHA is that we do this every day.  I know that in 2014 and beyond we will continue to make a deep imprint with the AHA policies and programs in the communities where we work, and I’m really looking forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you.   

With Heart,


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