Officers, Boards & Staff

Board of Directors

*President – Tamara S. Thomas
*Incoming President Elect - Chris Griesmeyer
*Treasurer – Kevin Slawin
*Secretary – Sally Powers
*VP Chapter Development – Sally Powers
*VP Marketing – Jackie Pecora
*VP-Stratgey- William Roach
General Counsel – Chris Griesmeyer
*Founder – Betsy Peterson
*Medical Advisory Board  Chairperson – Dr. Jennifer Romano
*Executive Director – William Foley

Dr. Carl Backer
Debbie DeGrace
Bianca Garilli
Kristin Goessl
Michael Goughnour
Cherise Gunnerson
Martha Hauber
Lori Jones
Julie LeGassick
Jackie Pecora
Heather Roell
Rex Homme
Melonie Stothers
Megan Van Pelt
Dr. Thomas Weigel
Ryan Wilhelm
*Executive Committee


William Foley
Executive Director
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Lauren Chatman
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Tina Larson
Development Coordinator
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Rosemary Wheeler
Administrative Assistant
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For Information on developing a chapter
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For general questions and information
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Medical Advisory Board

The Children’s Heart Foundation is not affiliated with any one medical institution; rather, funds are directed by the Medical Advisory Board to the most promising research anywhere in the world.   More than 30 leading international pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons comprise the CHF Medical Advisory Board, which oversees the research granting process, including:

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch-Romano* Chairwoman - C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Carl Backer*, Past Chairman –Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Emile Bacha – Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York/Columbia, New York, NY
Dr. D. Woodrow Benson – Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Emeritus Status)
Dr. Christopher Caldarone - Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Mitchell Cohen - Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Roger Cole – Private Practice, Chicago, IL (Emeritus Status)
Dr. David Cooper – Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Dr. John Costello – Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Gul Dadlani – All Children’s Heart Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Barbara Deal - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Richard Friedman - Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Dr. Joseph Forbess - Advocate Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL
Dr. Nancy Ghanayem – Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Dr. Andrew J. Griffin – Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL (Emeritus Status)
Dr. Courtney Hardy - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Jeffery Jacobs – The Congenital Heart Institute of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Jim Jaggers - Denver’s Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO
Dr. Patrick Jay - Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Kathy Jenkins - Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Dr. Joseph Kay – The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO
Dr. John Lamberti – Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, CA (Emeritus Status)
Dr. Bradley S. Marino – Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Marla Mendelson – Northwestern Adult Congenital Heart Center, Chicago, IL
Dr. Peter Mohler - The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Dr. Jane Wimpfheimer-Newburger – Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Sara Pasquali - C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. David Sahn – Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (Emeritus Status)
Dr. Kenneth Schowengerdt – Cardinal Glennon Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. James Tweddell - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Dr. Catherine Webb – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Thomas Weigel – Private Practice, Chicago, IL
Dr. Gil Wernovsky – Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
Dr. Vincent Zales – Pediatric Cardiology, Brick, NJ