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Board of Directors

We thank the extraordinary individuals who commit their time, wisdom and resources to ACHA.

ACHA is currently accepting applications for members of the Board of Directors.
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The Board of Directors (Board) supports the work of ACHA by providing leadership, strategic governance and financial resources in support of our mission.  Each one of our members brings special talents and strengths to our organization.

Learn more about ACHA's Emeritus Board and meet the members.

The Board meets quarterly to discuss ACHA matters. Each member spends, on average, 6-8 hours a month working for ACHA. These activities range from fundraising to working with ACHA Board committees, volunteers and staff. Their contributions, both individually and as a group, are vital to advancing ACHA’s mission and advocating for people living with CHD.

Board of Directors Roles, Responsibilities and Qualifications »


The 2023 Board of Directors

James Ruppel MD, MS Chair

Retired, Gailey Eye Clinic
Galesburg, IL

Aliza Marlin Vice Chair

President, HenYoga ®
New York, NY

Jeff Ishida Immediate Past Chair

Vice President of Real Estate Development, Costco Wholesale
Reston, VA

Tom Wix Treasurer

Senior Director of Customer Success, Landis+Gyr

Susan Timmins Secretary

Co-owner, Beach Bistro
Anna Maria Island, Florida 

Richard Krasuski MD Medical Advisory Board Chair

Director, Adult Congenital Heart Center
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Yuli Kim MD Medical Advisory Board Vice Chair

Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Arwa Saidi MB, BCh, MEd, FACC Immediate Past Medical Advisory Board Chair

ACHD Cardiologist
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Mindy Beyer RN Patient & Family Advisory Board Co-Chair

Quality Improvement Specialist, Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology and Congenital Heart
Scarborough, ME

Jennifer Cortes Patient & Family Advisory Board Co-Chair

Project Manager, Together for Medicaid at Community Catalyst 
Slidell, LA

Stephen Back DO

Diagnostic Radiologist
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Partner-Diagnostic Imaging Associates
Tulsa, OK

Binta O. Baudy MPH

Vice President, Ambulatory Care Services
Harris Health System
Houston, TX

William Browne

Employee Relations Consultant & Family Foundation Advisor
Oklahoma City, OK

William F. Causey

Retired Attorney
Washington, DC

Mary Jane Eazer

Retired National Senior Sales Director, Medtronic Congenital Therapies
Orlando, FL

Nicole Jung

Vice President of Finance, Health and Science Technologies, IDEX Corporation
Minneapolis, MN

Matthew J. Martinho

Senior Wealth Planner, Merrill Lynch
New York, NY

Joanne Nichols

Head of Sales Development and Insights, Google
Newport Beach, CA

Claudia E. Norman

Lead Director, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
New Britain, CT

Anne Stapleton Reilly

Retired, Development and Public Relations Professional
Naples, FL

Kristi Ryan APRN, CPNP-AC

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Congenital Heart Program
OSF HealthCare Childrens Hospital of Illinois
Peoria, IL

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