Southern NJ – Nicholas Scardino has been named the 2021 Southern NJ Heart Walk Chairman

Southern NJ – Nicholas Scardino has been named the 2021 Southern NJ Heart Walk Chairman

The American Heart Association program supports employee overall health and wellbeing.


Southern NJ, Wednesday July 7, 2021 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on ensuring longer, healthier lives for all, has named Nicolas Scardino, Vice President/Commercial Banker of BB&T Now Truist as the 2021 Heart Walk Chairman. In this role Scardino is charged with a $125,000 fundraising goal to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.


The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk® is part of the Heart Challenge, a suite of activities and initiatives designed to help companies positively impact employee overall health and well-being. The program is anchored in a series of customizable workplace events that inspires employees to be more engaged, reconnect with colleagues, get in their physical activity, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.


Southern New Jersey Heart Challenge culminates with the Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk. The Heart Walk will be held on October 23rd at the RiverWinds Community Center in West, Deptford, NJ. The Heart Walk unites the community in celebrating health and honoring survivors. Scardino will be joined by other likeminded executives working to increase physical and mental health, combat burnout and promote community engagement. The executive committee members include:


  • Dodi Iannaco, DNP, MHA, APN, Nurse Practitioner & Lead Clinician-Virtua Health
  • Tim Cabata, Area Leader-Truist
  • Joe Bisicchia, Director of Public Affairs-Virtua Health
  • John George, Program Manager of Health & Fitness-Virtua Health
  • Donna McArdle, Public Relations Liaison- Deborah Heart & Lung Center
  • Renée Bullock Palmer, MD, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging & Director of the Women’s Heart Center- Deborah Heart and Lung Center
  • Sanjay Cheulkar, MD, MHSA, FACHE, Chief Operations Officer-North American Spine and Pain
  • Helen Burns, Senior Vice President & Divisional Chief Nursing Officer
  • Bob Goodman, Survivor Ambassador


“We are thrilled that Nicholas Scardino will lead the Southern NJ Heart Walk efforts this year,” says John Arnao, Vice President of Development, American Heart Association in Southern New Jersey. “Under Mr. Scardino’s leadership, we are confident that we will achieve the goals for our Heart Walk, which will support the advancement of transformational research initiatives and educational programs in our local community to help people lead longer, healthier lives.”


The funds raised during the Heart Walk fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives while supporting priority issues in New Jersey. The American Heart Association South | Central New Jersey Regional Board of Directors selected and is working on two priority “community issues” campaigns.  One is a Control Blood Pressure community project and the other is End Tobacco and Vaping to propel the work to support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.


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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.


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