Grand Rapids Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge these dedicated volunteers who serve on the Grand Rapids American Heart Association Board of Directors.

These dedicated volunteers are healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who guide our many activities throughout the Grand Rapids area. 

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Catherine Cooper

Board President
Muhammad Umar Farooq, MD, FAHA, FACP
Mercy Health

Chair Elect
Kent Riddle
Mary Free Bed

Board President Elect
Steve Polega RN, MHA
Metro Health | University of Michigan 

Development Chair
India Manns
Community Leader

Health Strategies Chair
Kellie Norton
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Board Members

Veverly Austin
Community Leader

Tracy Blount, DDS
Dental Design PC
Todd Herring
Common Notice 

Kurt Johnson
Grand Rapids Public Schools

Michelle Peña, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Mercy Health

Ray Reitsma 
Mercantile Bank

Jenny Stocker
Barnes & Thornburg

AHA Staff

Jeanne LaSargeBono
Jeanne Lasargebono

Amy Teske
Amy Teske

Winni Walsh
Winni Walsh