Grand Rapids Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge these dedicated volunteers who serve on the Grand Rapids American Heart Association Board of Directors.

These dedicated volunteers are healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who guide our many activities throughout the Grand Rapids area. 

Executive Committee

Board Chair
Catherine Cooper
Meijer

Board President
Muhammad Umar Farooq, MD, FAHA, FACP
Mercy Health

Chair Elect
Kent Riddle
Mary Free Bed

Board President Elect
Steve Polega RN, MHA
Metro Health | University of Michigan 

Development Chair
India Manns
Community Leader

Health Strategies Chair
Kellie Norton
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Board Members

Veverly Austin
Faith 
Community Leader

Tasha Blackman
Cherry Health

Cathy Cooper
Meijer

Todd Herring
Common Notice

Kevin Hoppe
Kellogg’s

Kurt Johnson
Grand Rapids Public Schools

Dr. Karen Kennedy
Mercy Health

Laura Moody
Community Leader

Kellie Norton
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Michelle Peña, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Mercy Health

Ray Reitsma
Mercantile Bank

Patrick Scott
Parker Hannifin

Amy Stahley
Davenport College

Jenny Stocker
Barnes & Thornburg

AHA Staff

Jana Siminski
Jana.Siminski@heart.org
616-482-1520

Amy Teske
Amy.Teske@heart.org
616-482-1502

Winni Walsh
Winni.Walsh@heart.org
616-482-1502