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Syracuse Saving Lives Through CPR

Syracuse Saving Lives Through CPR

The American Heart Association and St. Joseph’s Health are adding lifesavers to the chain of survival by providing Hands-Only CPR education resources in the community through CPR & First Aid in Youth Sports™ Training Kits.

The “Damar Effect” in Buffalo

The “Damar Effect” in Buffalo

Over a year ago, the world watched as CPR and AED use saved the life of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin. Today, that incident is still creating a ripple effect through Western New York and beyond.

Long Island Executive for Equitable Health

Long Island Executive for Equitable Health

As plans are underway for the 2024 Hamptons Heart Ball, James Prinzivalli, President of Executive Fliteways, has been named centennial chair of this year’s community-wide campaign.


In the past 100 years, the American Heart Association and its community of supporters have accomplished an astonishing amount in the fight against heart disease and stroke. However, our journey is far from over. As we enter our second century of work together, we’re more dedicated than ever to finding and funding the next big scientific breakthrough in cardiovascular research.
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Events in Your Area

Westchester Heart Walk

Location: Wherever you are!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Syracuse Go Red For Women Luncheon

Location: The Oncenter Convention Center

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2024 - 10:30 AM


Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball

Location: Garden City Hotel

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2024 - 06:30 PM


2024 Buffalo CycleNation

Location: ADPRO Sports Training House

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2024 - 08:57 PM


Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: The Albany Capital Center

Date: Friday, November 8, 2024 - 10:30 AM


Hudson Valley Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2024 - 11:00 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in New York State through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, tobacco and vaping, patients and healthy living. Equity is always at the center of our work, and it will continue to guide all that we do.

Through our focus on these key impact areas, and with collaboration among local organizations, sponsors, businesses, and others that serve the community, we are working to improve the health and well-being of New York residents while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout New York State, we’ve seen our community impact work grow, including efforts around creating avenues for greater access to care, healthy food access and education, sharing Hands-Only CPR kits with clinicians to improve awareness for families, blood pressure screenings and education, and tobacco and e-cigarette education and prevention.

People are counting on us as never before. The American Heart Association, along with our supporters, will drive change, and will be relentless. Thank you for your continued support.


Advocacy has had a mission-critical role in the Association's work for more than 40 years. Our legislative and regulatory priorities help to mitigate risk factors and protect survivors in communities across the country. We support the enactment of evidence-based public policies that lead to longer, healthier lives.

Public policy advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to affect necessary and sustainable policy, system and environmental changes that help Americans build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our efforts in New York State and its communities are focused on five major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care.

Lobby Day

Board President
Dr. Cynthia Jones
Chief Medical Officer
Mosaic Health


Tanya Bristol, RN
Watchman Therapy Awareness Representative
Boston Scientific – North Atlantic Region

Dr. Jennifer Carbone Zuccaro
Pediatric Cardiologist
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Amy DeMetri
Executive Vice President
First Source Federal Credit Union

Dr. Jon Henderson
Pediatric Physician
Utica Pediatrics

Jennifer Keida
Standard Insulating

Mike McGraw
Financial Advisor
Strategic Financial Services

Albert Pylinski
Emeritus Board Member, Retired Executive VP/CFO/CRO/Treasurer

Lori Sharpe
VP, Sales & Distribution
Preferred Mutual

Kim Allen
Dixon Schwabl + Co

Dr. Ann Leonhardt-Caprio
Board President

Coordinator - Stoke Center
UR Medicine

Dr. Mehmet Aktas
UR Medicine

Gary Bonadonna
Workers United – RRJB

Christina Deats
Harter, Secrest & Emery

Dr. Scott Feitell
Rochester Regional Health

Lashay Harris
City Council Member
City of Rochester

Dr. Uzma Iqbal
Cardiologist - Dir. Womens Health
Rochester Regional Health

Tom O'Gara
Chief Counsel
LeChase Construction

Steve Ostrander
Fund Manager
UA Local 13

Erich Postler
Executive Vice President
Postler & Jaeckle

Sharon Samjitsingh
Health Care Originals

Salley Thornton
Board Chairwoman
Director – Field Marketing and Events
Toshiba America Business Solutions

Jimmy Wilmot
Vice President

David Borkholder
Chief Research Officer
Casana Care

Tim Meehan
Project Manager
Crosby Brownlie

Brian A. Howard
Board Chairperson

Ronald Belle
Chief Executive Officer
AmeriCU Credit Union

Diane Benedetto
Leadership Development Committee Chairwoman
Manager, Customer and Community Management
National Grid

Nakeia Chambers, MS Ed
Director of Multicultural, Disability, and Veteran's Affairs
Upstate Medical University

Pavi Chigateri
VP and Chief Technology Officer
KPH HealthCare-Kinney Drugs

Michael Cominolli
Executive Director
Salt City Senior Care Advantage

Shanelle R. Dawson, Ed.D
Chairwoman, Community Action Committee
Global Family of Companies

Grahame Gould, MD
Upstate Medical University
Brain & Spine Center

Amy Grover, MS, ATC
Sports Medicine Coordinator and Wellness Program Coordinator
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

Josh Harrison, MD
Crouse Health

LaToya M. Jones
Healthcare Eduction Project

Nelly Kazzaz, MD, FACC
SJH Cariology Associates

Jim McKenney, CPA
The Bonadio Group

Derrick L. Murry, MPH, CHES
Retina-Vitreous Surgeons of CNY

Dara Penny
Vice President, Director of Marketing
Community Bank

Meredith Price
Sr. Vice President, Operations
St. Joseph’s Health

Lynne Shopiro, RN
Board President
Chief Nursing Officer
Crouse Health

Kelly Springer, MS, RD, CDN
Owner and Founder
Kelly’s Choice, LLC

Randy Tuthill
Chief Financial Officer
C&S Companies

Deborah Welch


Kaweeda G. Adams

Mandeep Sidhu, MD, MBA
Board president
Albany Medical Center
The Albany Med Health System

Haven Brown
Mount Olive Baptist Church

Joan Clifford

Peter Connolly
The Mercedes-Benz Center
at Keeler Motor Car Company

Michael T. Colon, MD
Capital District Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Maria Decker

Kristin Mathews

Disha Mookherjee, MD
Saratoga Hospital,
a member of the Albany Med Health System

Sulagna Mookherjee, MD
Albany Medical Center,
a member of the Albany Med Health System

Glenn Rockwood

Neil Yager, DO
Albany Medical Center, the Albany Med Health System

Alex DiCicco
Board Chair
Johnson & Wales University

Benoit Bewley, MD
Nuvance Health

Karen Burchell
Rondout Savings Bank

John Gavaris
Ellenville Regional Hospital

Sunny Intwala, MD
Nuvance Health

Vincent Oppedisano
M & T Bank

Valerie Ponder
Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Falak Shah, MD
WMCHealth | HealthAlliance Hospital

Cara Whalen
Mackey, Butts and Whalen

Paul Wright, MD
Nuvance Health

Patrick Thomas, MD, MBA, FACC, FAHA
Board President

NYPMG Hudson Valley Cardiology

Gary Sastow
Board Chair,
Leadership Development Chair

Danziger & Markhoff LLP

Dawn French
Board Chair-Elect

Senior Vice President,
Marketing and Community Outreach
White Plains Hospital

Carolin Dohle, MD, MPH
Section Chief, Impatient Neurology 
Director of Quality,
Department of Nuerology
Assistant Professor of Nuerology &

Nancy Dowling
Vice President, General Counsel,
Public & Scientific Affairs North America

Dana A. Gorelik, CFTA
Senior Vice President,
Senior Trust Officer
Bank of America Private Bank

John Glenn Grau
President & CEO

Damara Gutnick, MD
Immediate-Past Board President

Senior Director
Office of Community and Population Health
Montefiore Health System

Howard Klein, CPA, MS
Immediate-Past Chair

Tax Partner
Citrin Cooperman

Marla Koroly, MD, FACP, MBA
Associate Physician Executive, Northern Sub-Region 
Northwell Health Physician Partners
Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Bettye Perkins, Ed.D
President & CEO
Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers

Rori Sagal
2023-2024 Leadership Development Chair

Cash Management/Business Development Officer
Connect One Bank

Chief Medical Officer
Open Door Family Medical Centers

Joseph R. Catapano, CPA
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Pitney Bowes

Joonun (Chris) Choi, MD 
Director of Resident Cardiology Education 
Stamford Health

Sherlita Amler, MD, MS, FAAP
Commissioner of Health
Westchester County Department of Health



Joseph Perry, CPA
Board Chair
Leader Tax & Business Services
Marcum LLP

Evelina Grayver, MD
Board President
Director of Cardiology
Northwell Health

Lisa Benz Scott, PhD
Director Program, Public Health
Stony Brook University

John Burke
Managing Director, Global Head of Business & Professional Services
Citi Commercial Bank

Samantha Clark
Associate Managing Partner
Center for Wealth Preservation

Ryan Coco, PE
Wells Fargo Design and Construction Operations Head
Wells Fargo

Peter Fromm, MPH, RN, FACHE, FAHA
Administrator - Cardiovascular Service Lines
Mount Sinai South Nassau

Jason Hudson
Managing Principal / Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone Land Abstract

John Mast
Executive Vice President, Sr. Group Manager
M&T Bank

Louis Mastrianni
Market Executive
Capital One, N.A., Northeast Regional

Loriann Shelton
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Voxx International

Kathleen Stanley
Executive Managing Director
Webster Bank

Pilar Stevens-Haynes, MD, FACC
Director of Echocardiology
Mount Sinai South Nassau

Avni Thakore, MD, FACC
PresidentCatholic Health Physician Partners Medical Group

Live Fierce City Champions

We’re calling on everyone everywhere to help us address the continuing threat of heart disease and stroke by helping our communities to Live Fierce! Live Fierce is the American Heart Association’s bold approach to driving equitable health impact in our communities.

Live Fierce
Albany Med Health System
Albany Med Health System is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Live Fierce campaign in New York.
Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Live Fierce campaign in New York.
Wegmans is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Live Fierce campaign in New York.

Contact Us

Capital Region/Upper Hudson Valley

(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Capital Region/Upper Hudson Valley
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Mohawk Valley/Utica

(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Utica
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Syracuse
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Watertown
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Binghamton
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Rochester
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Buffalo
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Long Island

(by appointment only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Long Island
145 Pinelawn Road, Suite 240 N
Melville, NY 11747


(mailing address only)
American Heart Association
ATTN: Westchester
Four Gateway Center
444 Liberty St. Suite 1300
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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