Harrisburg area executives named to leadership roles for Capital Region Heart Challenge

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on ensuring longer, healthier lives for all, has named Jodi Hoagland, vice president and assistant controller at TE Connectivity, as the 2022 Capital Region Heart Challenge chair In this role Hoagland is charged with a $575,000 fundraising goal to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge® is 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.

“So many people are working from home or have lost jobs and may be experiencing higher levels of stress thus may not be focused on ways to stay healthy,” said Hoagland. “If we can help promote living a healthy lifestyle, and we are able to save even one person from experiencing a stroke or heart-related illness, it will be successful.”

The Capital Region Heart Challenge culminates with the Capital Region Heart Walk, set for Sept. 18, 2022 at Harrisburg City Island. The Heart Walk unites the community in celebrating health and honoring survivors. Hoagland will be joined by other likeminded city executives working to increase physical and mental health, combat burnout and promote community engagement. The executive committee members include:

  • Alicia Luciani – Capital Blue Cross
  • Anne Kough – The GIANT Company
  • Emily Bumgarner – Weis Markets
  • Greg Weldon – TE Connectivity
  • Jaime Hynoski – Weis Markets
  • Art Pursel – Deloitte
  • Rosie Mesich – KPMG
  • Shamatee Mitchell – Penn State Health
  • Ursula Siverling – McNees Wallace & Nurick

The funds raised through the Capital Region Heart Challenge fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

The Capital Region Heart Challenge campaign is locally sponsored by TE Connectivity, Penn State Health, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital, McNees Wallace & Nurick and The GIANT Company.

To learn more about sponsoring or engaging your workforce in Heart Challenge events, or to join Hoagland and other area executives, visit heart.org/capitalregionwalk or contact Blake Milbrand at blake.milbrand@heart.org or 717-730-1766 for more information.

Walkers in the 2021 Capital Region Heart Walk cross the Walnut Street Bridge from Front Street in downtown Harrisburg toward the finish line on City Island.