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Board of Directors

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

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 2024 Board of Directors

James Ruppel MD, MS Chair

Retired, Gailey Eye Clinic
Galesburg, IL

Stephen Back DO Vice Chair

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

William Browne Treasurer

Employee Relations Consultant & Family Foundation Advisor
Oklahoma City, OK

Mary Jane Eazer Secretary

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

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

Jennifer Cortes Patient & Family Advisory Board Co-Chair

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

Meredith Rahn-Oakes Patient & Family Advisory Board Co-Chair

Governance Specialist, University of Iowa Health Care
Iowa City, IA

Binta O. Baudy MPH

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

William F. Causey

Retired Attorney
Washington, DC

Chad Chase

Managing Principal - Senior Advisor, CGN Advisors
Manhattan, KS

Jonathan Cramer MD

Adult Congenital Cardiologist and Medical Director
University of Nebraska Medical Center & Children's Nebraska
Omaha, NE

Cynthia Felix Jeffers

Educational Administrator, NYC Public Schools
Brooklyn, NY

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

Timothy Singletary

General Partner, Apex One Capital
Houston, TX