American Heart Association in Maine announces new Board of Directors leadership and members

The American Heart Association in Maine is entering its 2024-25 fiscal year with dedicated volunteers who will lead the organization’s local team in pursuit of its mission, to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.   The Association thanks members who have completed their board terms and has named a new president and chair, along with welcoming several new members to its board of directors.

Brendan Prast, MD
Dave Abel

Stepping up into leadership roles are the Association’s Board Chair Dave Abel, President & General Manager of Channel 8 WMTW & WPXT-Maine’s CW, Portland, and Board President Brendan Prast, MD, Family and Preventive Medicine Physician at MaineHealth.

The newest members of the Association’s Board of Directors are: Kevan Deckelmann, Partner, Dentons Law Firm; Aline Iskandar, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Northern Light Mercy Hospital; Mindy Beyer, Program Manager, Cardiovascular Services, Maine Health; Thomas Lyons, Vice President of Operations, Maine Health; Alison Nason, Director of Marketing and Operations, Mainebiz; and Steve Woods, President/CEO, TideSmart Global & Promerica Health.

Continuing board members include: Sarah Belliveau, CPA, CEO, BerryDunn; Andrew Cook, SVP & Maine Market Leader, Mascoma Bank; David Landry,CEO, Spectrum Healthcare Partners; Sarah Lewis, Program Director, Maine Access Immigrant Network; Joan Smith, Principal, Baker Newman Noyes; and Bill Whitmore, Vice President, Business Transformation, MaineHealth.

“As a volunteer-based organization, the American Heart Association relies on the dedication of people who are committed to our mission, and whose passion helps drive our success,” said Brian Shankey, the Association’s Executive Director for Northern New England.  “Board members work alongside the Association’s Maine staff to advance its mission and fundraising priorities. The board oversees opportunities for investment in Maine to improve health and well-being and will build on existing efforts around health care access and quality, addressing issues of nutrition and food security, hypertension reduction, CPR awareness and more.”

To learn more about the Association’s work in Maine and to get involved, visit or follow them @AHAMaine on Facebook, X and Instagram.