Board of Directors

We thank the extraordinary individuals who commit their time, wisdom and resources to ACHA. This group oversees our leadership and our activities. Each one of our members brings a special connection to CHD, special talents and strengths to our organization.

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

The Board meets bimonthly to discuss ACHA matters. Each member spends at least 12 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 2020 Board of Directors

Cindy Huie Chair

Owner, Salt Cellar Restaurant
Mesa, AZ

Jeff Ishida Vice Chair

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

Barry Meil Immediate Past Chair

Potomac, MD

Nicholas Pottebaum Treasurer

Vice President of Reinsurance & Programs, Tokio Marine HCC

Susan Timmins Secretary

Co-owner, Beach Bistro
Anna Maria Island, Florida 

Jamil Aboulhosn MD, FACC, FSCAI Medical Advisory Board Chair

Director, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Heather Abbott

Director of Partnership Marketing, Powerhouse Brands Consulting
Roslyn, NY

Ronny Altman

President, Altman Energy Inc.
Tulsa, OK

William Browne

Employee Relations Consultant & Family Foundation Advisor
Oklahoma City, OK

Aliza Marlin

President, HenYoga ®
New York, NY

Joanne Nichols

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

Michael Pernick JD

Attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Rockville Centre, NY

James Ruppel MD, MS

Retired, Gailey Eye Clinic
Galesburg, IL

Arwa Saidi MB, BCh, MEd, FACC

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

Paul Schmidt

Senior Vice President- Financial Controls, News America Marketing
Ridgefield, CT

Tom Wix

Senior Director of Customer Success, Landis+Gyr