2017 Go Red For Women Chairs, Survivors and First Lady Susan Hutchinson at the Survivor Gallery Unveiling.


The mission of the American Heart Association is “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States. That’s why the American Heart Association has taken on the goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. To do this the Association is committed to funding innovative research, providing science-based treatment guidelines to health care professionals, educating lawmakers and the public and helping people understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.


  • Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine – Oct. 5, 2017. Chairs: Allison & Gary Nash, M.D. Presenting Sponsor: Arkansas Heart Hospital.
  • Heart Ball – March 10, 2018. Co-Chairs: Doris Washington, Alicia & Rick Riley. Honorary Co-Chair: Stephanie Washington. Presenting Sponsor: Baptist Health.
  • Heart Walk – April 28, 2018. Presenting Sponsor: CHI St. Vincent.
  • Go Red For Women – May 18, 2018. Chair: Phyllis Rogers. Signature Sponsor: BHP.


The American Heart Association has funded over $4 Billion in research since 1949, more research than any U.S. organization except the federal government. To make those strides we rely on grants, sponsorships and donations. Aside from monetary gifts, there are a number of ways Arkansans can help move the mission forward, from volunteering with the Advocacy department to impact public policy, to assisting with events and working to reduce health inequities in the state.

Established: 1924

Employees: 20 local, 3,000 national

Service Area: Central Arkansas

Executive Director
Joyce Taylor


Jean McSweeney, RN, Ph.D.
David Jones, M.D.
Justin T. Allen
Chair Elect
Morris E. Kelley, M.D.
President Elect


Blair Allen
Sandra Byrd
Mangaraju “Raj” Chakka, M.D.
Thomas Conley, M.D.
Brian Eble, M.D.
Anthony M. Fletcher, M.D.
John Glassford
Dan Herrington

Adam Head
Lyndell Lay
Stephen A. Leek
Keith Owen, MHA, FACHE
Michael Poore
John P. Ryan
Diana Smithson
Ricardo F. Sotomora, M.D.
Cassandra Steele
Chris W. White


Marcia Atkinson, MHSA
Claudia Barone, EdD, CCNS-BC, APRN
Sharon Heflin
Jon Lindemann, M.D.
Adam Mitchell
Steve Roberson

909 W. 2nd St.
Little Rock, AR 72201


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