Hudson Valley


Hudson Valley at Heart

We’re working to create a world free of heart disease and stroke - a world where everyone can achieve the best possible health - and it starts right here in the Hudson Valley. From teaming up with city leaders to support more walking and biking routes, to driving initiatives that make healthier food options available in all neighborhoods, to providing our kids with more opportunities to be active in school – together we are making it easier to be healthy where we live, work, learn and play. Whether you’re an ordinary citizen, a business executive, a faith leader or a policy maker, you can help join us on our journey to build a healthier Hudson Valley! 

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Improving Quality of Life

Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. That’s why we’re working to raise awareness about the vital effect lifestyle has on health and helping communities form healthy habits.

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Strengthening the Economy

A community's well-being is directly related to the health of its local economy. We’re teaming up with employers across the state, encouraging them to comprehensive workplace health programs that help people get active on the job.

Elevating Care

With human ingenuity, we can prevent heart disease and stroke — and care for people who suffer from these devastating diseases.  We’re working with communities, hospitals and emergency care professionals to form effective and efficient systems of care that save and improve lives.

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Changing Policy

Policy has the power to protect our health, improve communities and drive lasting change.  That’s why we’re championing policies and laws to help keep our state healthy. Share your voice and become an advocate. 

Share Your Story

Perhaps you or someone you care about suffered from heart disease or stroke. Maybe you know someone whose life was impacted by CPR or changed through a healthier lifestyle. Whatever your experience may be, sharing your story is a great opportunity to give hope to others experiencing a similar situation or to inspire others to live a healthier life.

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Creating a Culture of Health in the Hudson Valley

There is no quick fix, no one way to solve complex health issues that are affecting this generation and generations to come. That’s why we’re focused on the areas within communities where there is an opportunity to make the greatest impact.  Together we can improve quality of life, ensure healthy environments, strengthen the economy, elevate care and change policy for all in the Hudson Valley. Because at the center of it all, we have the Hudson Valley at Heart. 

Staff and Board Members


Amy Young, Executive Director, .

Eleni Smalley, Senior Development Director,

Danielle Schuka, Regional Director,

Mackenzie Shorter, Community Impact Director,

Katherine McCarthy, Sr. Director, Communications,

Alithea Athans, Youth Market Director,

Laurie Schmidt, Youth Market Director,


Sunny Intwala, MD, The Heart Center at Nuvance Health
Board President

Board of Directors

Benoit Bewley, MD, The Heart Center at Nuvance Health

Karen Burchell, Rondout Savings Bank

Laura Butler, Guidehouse Inc.

Elizabeth Connolly, MPH, Dutchess County

Alex DiCicco, Johnson & Wales University

Justin Feldman, Feldman Physical Therapy & Performance

Melissa Hanigan, Ellenville Regional Hospital

Vinny Oppedisano, M & T Bank

Jonathan Schiller, Garnet Health

Sankar Varanasi, MD, FACC, The Heart Center at Nuvance Health

Paul Wright, MD, Nuvance Health

Cara Whalen, Mackey Butts & Whalen

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300,

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Executive Director: Amy Young

Phone: 845.867.5370

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