Greater Maryland division elects new president, chair; names 3 new board members

Dr. Seth Martin and Larry L. Johnson have been elected the president and chairman, respectfully, of the American Heart Association Baltimore & Greater Maryland Division Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 fiscal years.

Dr. William Ashley will serve as Immediate Past President for the 2023-2024 term. The 2023-2024 term began on July 1, 2023.

Adam Davis, George Nemphos, and Kurt Small have also been elected to serve on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Seth Martin is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, specializing in preventive cardiology, lipidology and digital health. He serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mobile Technologies to Achieve Equity in Cardiovascular Health (mTECH), which is part of the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Networks on Health Technology & Innovation.

He is also a member of the American Heart Association National Health Tech Advisory Group, serves as Chair of the American Heart Association National Statistics Committee and has been a member of the Baltimore division Board of Directors for five years.

“I’m deeply honored to serve in this important role as the American Heart Association celebrates its first 100 years of impact in 2024 and heads into its next century,” Dr. Martin said. “I’m grateful to have the chance to work with Mr. Larry Johnson and the Baltimore and Greater Maryland Division Board to help build a future of longer and healthier lives.”

Larry L. Johnson joined the Baltimore and Greater Maryland division Board of Directors in 2022, after becoming involved with the American Heart Association through the Leaders of Impact (then Leaders for Life) campaign, a 7-week blind competition focused on driving equitable health for all. In the campaign’s inaugural year, Larry was the top fundraiser for all of the Eastern States region.

“The tremendous work being done by the American Heart Association is near and dear to my heart, especially the work being done in disadvantages communities,” Johnson said. “I am humbled to serve as chair and work alongside Dr. Martin and the Board to continue the work to combat this deadly disease.”

Adam Davis is a banker in the Baltimore office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He guides wealthy individuals, prominent business owners, entrepreneurs, and their families in taking a holistic view of their wealth management needs and aspirations. He is a personal fitness enthusiast and enjoys being outdoors or exploring new cities and sights with his family. Davis said he makes it a priority to give back to his local community and especially those less fortunate.

“For as long as I can remember, heart health and the mission of the American Heart Association have been important to my family,” Davis said. “The opportunity to serve the organization here in Greater Maryland is an honor. I look forward to working to advance the mission.”

George Nemphos is the managing member and co-founder of Nemphos Braue, a Mid-Atlantic corporate and business law firm, representing startups, emerging and mature companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and clients in industries ranging from healthcare and technology to construction, automotive and renewable energy. George has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions and transactions such as spin-offs, roll-ups, minority interest acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as capital raises, business structuring, intellectual property and general corporate counsel.

“Having previously served on the Heart Ball committee, I’ve witnessed first-hand the exceptional hard work and dedication from board members, staff and volunteers,” Nemphos said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join in those efforts, to elevate such an important mission of education and research, and to expand upon the impact made by the American Heart Association here in Maryland.”

Kurt Small is Senior Vice President of Elevance Health and President, East Region, Commercial and Specialty Business Division for Anthem. In this role, he is responsible for the overall market performance of the eastern region. Kurt is focused on bringing meaningful solutions that connect individuals to care in simpler, more effective, and more affordable ways and shares his organization’s vision of strengthening communities through partnership, collaboration and support that addresses key barriers to health. He’s been recognized for his leadership, being named as one of Savoy magazine’s 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.

“Improving the health of communities and solving complex problems through partnership and education is critical to furthering the well-being of humanity and that’s simply not possible without the help of organizations like the American Heart Association. We must bring people, communities, and care together to transform the future of health,” Small said. “I’m proud to be serving organizations that are striving to positively impact the health of all individuals.”