Durazo and Anderson are WSA Volunteers of the Year

Updated:Aug 15,2013

The Western States Affiliate 2012 Volunteers of the Year are Ray Durazo and Jeffrey L. Anderson, M.D., who are honored for distinguished commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association during the year and over time. The presentations were made at our Volunteer Awards Dinner in Los Angeles, CA. The affiliate's new volunteer leadership team for 2013-14 was elected at the board meeting the following day, on June 13.
Ray DurazoDurazo, of Half Moon Bay, CA, is Volunteer of the Year, the affiliate’s highest award presented to a lay volunteer. He is a previous chairman of the Western States Affiliate Board and currently serves as chairman of our Advocacy Committee. In that role, he has been a key player in many issues including the ills of tobacco, the childhood obesity crisis, clean indoor policies, food labeling, sugar-sweetened beverages and more.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is Physician Volunteer of the Year. He is a renowned cardiologist, well-respected for his commitment to excellence in patient care and research. He has been an American Heart Association volunteer for over 30 years and is a past-president of our affiliate board of directors. Dr. Anderson has led the way on a number of measures that helped Salt Lake City, UT, become one of America’s most heart friendly cities.

Other recipients of the Affiliate’s 2012 volunteer awards–
Bruce and Diane Halle of Scottsdale, AZ -- Philanthropists of the Year
Wells Fargo Greater Bay Area, CA -- Excellence in Corporate Partnership
Brad Dixon of  Boise, ID -- Outstanding Advocacy Efforts Award
Pat Elwood of  San Diego, CA -- Communications & Cause Award
Michael McNamara, M.S., of Helena, MT -- Stroke Champion Award
William Dang, Jr., M.D., of Honolulu, HI -- Mission: Lifeline Champion Award
Cesar Molina, M.D., of Los Altos, CA -- Health Equity Award
Deborah Liable, R.N., of Sun City, AZ -- Quality Improvement Initiatives Award
The newly elected officers of the affiliate board of directors are –
Chairman – Janice Murphy, CFA
President – Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
Chairman-Elect – Mike Bolen
President-Elect – Kirk Knowlton, M.D.
Treasurer and Chairman of Operations & Finance Committee – Pierre Habis
Secretary – Deepak Srivastava, M.D.
Newly elected directors-at-large are Joseph Aragon, M.D., Ash Jain, M.D., and Karol Watson, M.D., Ph.D.
Continuing as directors-at-large are Judy Coffey, R.N., Mari Danihel, David P. Lee, M.D., Graham Nichol, M.D., M.P.H., FAHA, Jeremy Payne, M.D., Ph.D., David Schlotterbeck, and Ray Vara.