San Diego Division Contacts

We are the San Diego division of the American Heart Association and we can't wait to work with your! If you need more information on local events, volunteer opportunities, sponsorships and more please reach out to us.

San Diego Main Office: 858-410-3850

Leadership Team

Jennifer Sobotka - Executive Director,

Teresa Contreras - Vice President, Development,

Eric Thompson - Senior Director, Communications and Marketing,

Jessica Newmyer - Senior Director, Community Impact,


Event Directors

Amanda Ferguson - Senior Business Development Director, Heart Walk,

Chelsy Clark - Business Development Director, Go Red For Women, 

San Diego Division 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Chair : Dan Torpey
VP, Global Real Estate & Facilities
Qualcomm Incorporated

President: Thomas Hemmen, MD, PhD
UCSD Stroke Center

Members at Large

Immediate Past Chair: Lee Rice, DO, FAAFP, FAOASM
CEO & Medical Director
Lifewellness Institute

Immediate Past President: Brad Schwartz, MD
Medical Director
American Medical Response

Dennis Dalangin
Critical Diagnostics

Rodger Dougherty, MBA, APR
Senior Director, Public Affairs & Brand Communications
Kaiser Permanente 

Karim El-Sherief, MD, FACC
Tri-City Medical Center

Cynthia Goodman, M.Ed. Ed.D
Foundation for the Children of the Californias

Ramón Hernandez, DrPH, MPH
Associate Director – Center for Community Health
UC San Diego

Diane Hansen
President & CEO
Palomar Health

Salma Jutt, MBA
VP, US Global Marketing

Christopher J. Larson, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Bob Maxwell
Executive Vice President
Layton Construction

Linda Niggli
Retired Senior Executive
Luxury Fashion Industry

Anitha Rajamanickam, MD
Tri-City Medical Center

Ernesto Villanueva
Executive Director of Technology & Instruction
Chula Vista Elementary School District

Yameeka J. Williams, FACHE
Select Specialty Hospital- San Diego

Ethel Weekly-Avant, RN
Immediate Past President
San Diego Black Nurses Association

Matthew Zubiller
Chief Growth Officer
Smile Brands

David Zumaya
My San Diego

Emeritus Members:

Susan Mahler
Retired Principal