NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association (AHA), the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke risks, announced its Founders Affiliate board officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning July 1st. Founders is an eight-state geographic region responsible for the AHA life-saving mission.
Gil Bashe, Managing Partner, Health, Finn Partners, has been named Affiliate chair. George Philippides, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, is Affiliate president. Elizabeth McGlinn, CPA, Accounting Manager with L.L. Bean in Freeport, ME, will serve as Founders' board treasurer. Bashe, Philippides and McGlinn are long-standing AHA volunteer leaders having held senior national, Affiliate and regional board positions.
"Improving cardiovascular health and reducing stroke risk demands exceptional science and patient-care," said Heather Kinder, AHA, Executive Vice President for the AHA Founders Affiliate. "It requires public policies around healthy diet, access to care and addressing issues around health disparities. AHA takes on both science and public policy issues to save lives and our volunteer leaders serve as key voices to advance these lifesaving efforts," she added. In fact, the affiliate trained over 450,000 laypersons in lifesaving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) this past year; successfully advocated for CPR as a high school graduation requirement in Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont; and, set a Guinness World Record with 700 people participating in a CPR relay during a 12 hour period.
The new board team follows the successful tenure of Martha C. Stark, immediate past board chair and Group Director and Senior Vice President of Signature Bank in Garden City, NY; Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH, immediate past president and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health, as well as Director, Division of General Internal Medicine & Clinical Innovation, Associate Chair for Clinical Innovation at NYU School of Medicine; and, Craig W. Rydin, immediate past board treasurer from Avon, CT., formerly chair of Yankee Candle.
As chairman, Bashe provides counsel and guidance to further the American Heart Association mission and influence within the Northeast community. An association volunteer for more than 25 years, Bashe served on a number of AHA local and national committees, including two terms as Marketing Communication subcommittee national chair and as the AHA New York City Board of Directors chair. He has been an advocate for AEDs in public space and CPR training in schools.
As president, Philippides provides direction on how best to advance the health and well-being of the communities within the Affiliate's footprint, while serving as official spokesperson on science, medical, health and public policy matters. He has been an American Heart Association volunteer for more than 15 years, serving currently as co-chair of the Affiliate's Volunteer Leadership Committee. He also previously served on the Greater Boston, MA board of directors. His work in the area of clinical guidelines has been cited by the American Heart Association. In 2005, Philippides received the Wendy Kline Award for outstanding achievement in furthering the mission of the American Heart Association.
Elizabeth McGlinn, CPA, was named board treasurer. In addition to this role, she is also a member of the Founders' Volunteer Leadership Committee and Chair of the Association's Maine Board. She has been an advocate for many of the AHA policies on healthy nutrition and youth involvement in wellness.
The affiliate board leadership, in partnership with the Executive Vice President Heather Kinder, provide direction for the Founders Affiliate -- one of seven national AHA designated regions which encompasses New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine – to ensure achievement of both its health and resource needs.
Kinder, who has been with the Association for 14 years, holding a number of regional and national positions, was recently selected to serve as the Founders Affiliate Executive Vice President in April. Through the years, Kinder has led her teams to many successes including increased volunteer engagement, campaign revenue and staff development. Ms. Kinder and her staff oversee the day-to-day mission and operations of the AHA to ensure a healthy region and nation.
About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Renee Martin, Finn Partners
SOURCE Finn Partners; American Heart Association