Board of Trustees

Meet Our Team and Why We Are Involved

Our team is formed of many inspiring and dedicated volunteers that believe in the betterment of the lives of children affected by cardiovascular disease. Read more about our volunteers and why they are involved.

I'm Involved because...

I am involved with CHAOC because 2 of our 4 children were born with heart defects. My daughter earned her angel wings when she was just shy of 5 months old and my son is a teenager/young adult, who has benefitted from years of experience, research and technology and its evolving improvements.

Julie Balzano
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I spent eight years as a volunteer at CCHMC and much of that time in the CICU working with the Child Life Specialists. I didn't like what I saw those children going through so now I am doing something about it.

Timothy Cassady
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

Having been connected to the CHAoC for many years as their lead audit team member, I saw the impact this organization had on children born with heart disease, their families, and the medical teams who care for them.  In 2003, my son Luke was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and I know first-hand how difficult this can be for the whole family.

Lisa Cecil
Assistant Treasurer
I'm Involved because...

I was first contacted by a friend to serve on the Board. I continue to be inspired to serve as I meet people that have been directly impacted by the support of CHA. It has also been very gratifying to witness CHAOC's effect beyond the local community and achieve recognition for its efforts on a National level.

Michael Clark
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I got involved in 1970 when we had a son who had a complicated heart problem. He was born in 1966 and ways to correct his problem weren’t developed until much later. He died in 1970 and I've been involved ever since – grateful to help pay for research and development programs which help solve many of the situations. We haven't solved everything so our work goes on.

Janet Davis
Secretary
I'm Involved because...

My son Gabe was born in 1995 with Tetrology of Fallot. He has been blessed by all the great science and doctors at CCHMC, has had a wonderful relationship with his Cardiologist and two successful surgeries that have allowed him to live a normal life.  I would like to now give back to all who have helped us and to help families and children with Congenital Heart Disease.

Zerlina Dubois
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I'm involved because supporting the mission of The Children's Heart Association of Cincinnati affords every child born with a heart defect the opportunity to survive and thrive.

Pamela Farber
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I am involved because I believe that the most important thing we do as adults is to make even the smallest corner of our world a better place – beginning by giving every child the opportunity to thrive and to grow into a healthy, socially aware adult, who can continue the cycle.

William Flynn
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

As a congenital heart disease patient I have met so many amazing heart families who deserve a voice. I want other patients and families to know they are not alone on their CHD journey. Participating in CHAoC will enable me to pay it forward, say thank you to Cincinnati Children's for their ongoing care and to support all special hearts, big and small.

Danielle Fritsch
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

Megan Horsley
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I am involved with The Children’s Heart Association because I felt it was a great organization to be a part of and a great way for me to give back to the community.

Chad Kamstra
Treasurer
I'm Involved because...

My daughter was born with multiple heart defects, and after receiving great care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital I wanted a way to give back. I believe the efforts of this organization have benefitted many lives, including my own, and have enabled physicians and caregivers in the field to "Change the Outcome" for many children.

Terry Karageorges
President
I'm Involved because...

My son Zak was born with Congenital Heart Disease. Without for the efforts of the Children's Heart Association of Cincinnati, my son, along with thousands of other children, would not be enjoying their lives today! Children's Heart Association of Cincinnati is committed to eradicating Congenital Heart Disease, and I am here to make sure it happens.

Michael Katchman
Past President
I'm Involved because...

Having worked in the Heart Institute, I saw the impact of heart disease on not only the child, but the whole family. I’m honored to be part of an organization that helps these children and their families thrive.

Dana Kimball
Vice President
I'm Involved because...

There were several families from my firm that had been impacted by various forms of congenital heart defects including the Timmel family.  As I learned more about congenital heart defects I felt compelled and impassioned to support both CHAoC as well as Spencer’s charity, SCRATCH Golf.

Jim Lash
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

Two of my close family members died from congenital disease years ago that would probably have survived with modern therapies.  As part of the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati, I can help contribute to the identification and creation of new treatments for congenital heart disease through the support of research and clinical trials.

Mark McDonald
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I wouldn't be who I am without CHAoC and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  My wife's and my first child has a congenital heart defect and if it were not for the support of CHAoC our story might be different.  CHAoC improves the lives of those families affected and has given me a chance to give back.

John Otten
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

CHAOC provides a wonderful opportunity to give back to those impacted by children's heart disease in the Cincinnati community and beyond.

Ryan Paul
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

CHAoC was introduced to me by my neighbor, a long time board member.  I know how important the work of CHAoC is and I was delighted to be asked to join.  It is great to be associated with wonderful people dedicated to improving the lives of children with heart disease.

Patricia Payne
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

It is a real pleasure to serve on the CHAOC board. It is the most fulfilling and rewarding privilege to see the progress that has been made with children’s heart procedures and the impact it has in children’s lives.

Charlene Pfingstag
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I’m involved because working together with children, we change hearts and lives throughout the country and in our own backyards.

Sallie Sumerel
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

My family was directly impacted by CHD in 2012. As a result, we became connected to the Heart community & found a passion for helping Heart kids. I am particularly interested in advancing quality of life programs for children & their families. If we can help them take a break from their medical issues, expand their support network & create a few smiles, I am all in.

Spencer Timmel
Trustee
I'm Involved because...

I became involved with the CHA because our four year old granddaughter had to have open heart surgery.  I saw first-hand the great work performed at Children’s.  My granddaughter, now eleven, is a cheerleader at her school.

Jack Wieland
Trustee

Medical Staff

Andrew Redington, MD

 

Honorary Trustees

William Heckman

Bonnie Paul

Madeleine Schwartz

Greg Tassone