It’s hard to believe that the sounds of crickets will soon be replaced with the rustling of autumn leaves. And although we’ll be sad to see summer go, the change in the calendar brings one of our favorite times of year—NJ Fall Heart Walk season! (Want a list of all our Fall Heart Walks and other events? Click Here.)
Heart Walks are pretty awesome. If you’ve never been to one, it’s worth checking out. They are free (bonus!), family-fun (that’s right, get the whole crew together) that’s all about walking toward a healthy heart (literally).
So basically, all you need to do is put on some sneakers and show up.
It’s a great way to help raise some dollars to support living healthy in your community. It’s a great way to rally folks together to throw in some bucks for a good cause while having fun and doing something good for themselves. And fundraising is super simple—you register online and with the click of a few buttons, reach out to everyone you know asking them to support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission and join you for a day of fun.
Our heart walks don’t just come together by themselves. It all works because of some awesome volunteers, including folks who are willing to lead the event by raising money, getting the community involved and helping build awareness around cardiovascular health in the community.
We want to give a shout-out to the 2015 NJ Fall Heart Walk Chairs. Because of their time, dedication and leadership, more lives will be saved from cardiovascular diseases and stroke!
Check out below for a little bit more about each of our Chairs and we hope to see you at one of our walks this Fall!
Christoph Koenen, MD, MBA, Head Medical Cardiovascular at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Chair of Greater Mercer Heart Walk • September 13, 2015
Mercer County Park, West Windsor | MercerCountyHeartWalk.org
Christoph Koenen leads the U.S. cardiovascular medical organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Koenen received his medical degree from Ruprecht-Karls University School of Medicine in Heidelberg Germany. He also holds an MBA from Schiller International University. As a board certified internist and diabetologist, Koenen has conducted research and worked closely in the diabetes field.
Chair of Shoreline Heart Walk • September 27, 2015
FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood| ShorelineHeartWalk.org
Tim Hogan serves as regional hospital president, Monmouth County for Meridian Health. In this role, he assumes leadership responsibility for Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center as well as overseeing Meridian’s cardiovascular, neurosciences, behavioral health, oncology and women’s and children’s services lines. In addition to his support of the American Heart Association, Hogan has been involved in numerous community activities and organizations including the Community YMCA, Rotary, Kiwanis and Parker Family Health Center. He is recognized and serves as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Hogan received his BS in psychology from St. Bonaventure University and holds a MHA from the Washington University School of Medicine.
Sandra Clarke, Vice President of Finance and CFO, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Chair of Morris County Heart Walk and 5K • October 4, 2015
Mack-Cali, Parsippany| MorrisCountyNJHeartWalk.org
Sandra Clarke is Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. She is responsible for ensuring a clear, sustainable future by shaping a cohesive finance strategy and direction for the organization which includes aligning common goals, driving process improvements and implementing best practices. She has served in numerous roles within the healthcare industry and brings more than 20 years of experience in financing and accounting to DSI. Clarke holds a BS in management from MIT and a Master of Science in accounting from Bentley University.
Chair of Southern NJ Fall Heart Walk • October 24, 2015
Cooper River Park, Pennsauken| SNJFallHW.org
Alfred Campanella is the executive vice president of strategic business growth and analytics at virtua. He has more than 20 years of experience in health care management, patient financial services and information systems, both in clinical and financial applications. In his current role, he is responsible for forging new business opportunities for Virtua. Campanella has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown university, a Master’s degree in health finance management from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree in theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.