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John D. Barnes
Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Abreu
Executive Vice President, CME and Educational Programs

Shauna Wheeler
Director, Education

Cynthia Miranda
Director, Meetings and Educational Programs

Sharon Atterbury
Administrative Assistant, Meetings and Education

Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE
Chief Operating Officer

Talita Mrkich
Manager, Operations and Executive

Ana Carolina Lybecker
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Poinelli
Interim Development Consultant

Meredith Hurt
Consultant, Science, Research and Patients

Anna Leong
Manager, Publications

Laura Poko
Director, Marketing and Communications

Staff Departments and Responsibilities

Meetings and Education Department
  • Annual Scientific Meeting (Jaime Abreu)
    • Abstracts (Cynthia Miranda)
    • Clinical Trials Row (Cynthia Miranda)
    • Emerging Therapies Row (Cynthia Miranda)
    • Joint session collaborations with other societies (Jaime Abreu)
  • Board Certification Review Course (Cynthia Miranda)
  • Future Leaders Conference (Cynthia Miranda)
  • Regional Endorsed Programs (Cynthia Miranda)
  • CME – reporting, outcomes assessments, accreditation maintenance (Shauna Wheeler)
  • MOC compliance (Shauna Wheeler)
  • ABIM Maintenance Pathway, ACC Partnership on (Jaime Abreu)
  • Joint Accreditation (Shauna Wheeler)
  • Digital Content Product Enhancements (Cynthia Miranda)
  • Learning Management System (Shauna Wheeler)
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (Shauna Wheeler)
  • Certification Program (Shauna Wheeler)
  • Committees
    • ASM Program Committee (Jaime Abreu)
    • Certification Task Force (Shauna Wheeler)
    • Education Committee (Jaime Abreu)
Science, Research and Patients Department
  • Quality Care Initiative (Meredith Hurt)
  • Scientific statements and position papers Meredith Hurt)
  • Journal of Cardiac Failure (Anna Leong)
  • Research (Meredith Hurt)
    • Research Network, HFSA
  • Patient Programs (Laura Poko)
    • Community Education Program
    • Patient App
    • Patient Day
    • Patient Education Modules
    • Patient Partner Program
  • Committees
    • Nursing Committee (Talita Mrkich)
    • Patient Initiative Task Force (John Barnes)
    • Publications and Scientific Statements Committee (Meredith Hurt and Anna Leong)
    • Research Committee (Meredith Hurt)
    • Research Network Task Force (Meredith Hurt)
    • Role in Research Review Task Force (John Barnes and Meredith Hurt)
Marketing and Communications Department
  • Heart Failure Awareness Week (Laura Poko)
  • Heart Failure Awareness Initiative (Laura Poko)
  • Website – including new CMS (Laura Poko)
  • Branding guidelines (Laura Poko)
  • Graphics management (Laura Poko)
  • Comprehensive Communications Review (Laura Poko)
  • Advertisement reviews – JCF and HFSA (Laura Poko)
  • Social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (Laura Poko)
  • Marketing – Oversight, materials management (Laura Poko)
  • Communication pieces, Recurring (Laura Poko)
    • Email Communications
    • Member Spotlight
    • Newsletters
    • President’s Blog
    • Press Releases and News Content
    • Subspecialty Newsletter
  • Committees
    • Communications Committee (Laura Poko)
Membership Department
  • Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan (Talita Mrkich)
  • Fellowship Program, FHFSA (Talita Mrkich)
  • Mentoring Program (Talita Mrkich)
  • Career Fair (Talita Mrkich)
  • Mailings – Membership Renewal Mailings, Event Mailings (Talita Mrkich)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award process (Talita Mrkich)
  • List management (Talita Mrkich)
    • Email list management – Members, prospects, patients, etc.
    • Mailing list rentals
  • Committees (Talita Mrkich)
    • Early Career Committee
    • Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
    • Membership Committee
Operations and Executive Department
    • Advocacy program (John Barnes and Carrie Kovar,Consultant)
    • Strategic Relationship Plan (John Barnes)
    • International Relations (John Barnes)
    • Governance (John Barnes)
    • Legal (John Barnes and Rob Portman, external legal counsel)
    • Information Technology (Joori Jeon)
      • Management Systems Initiative – LMS, AMS, CMS
      • IT Upgrade Initiative
    • Finance and Budget (Joori Jeon)
    • Human Resources (Joori Jeon)
    • Facilities (Talita Mrkich)
    • Development (Michelle Poinelli)
      • Corporate Development Program
      • Business Development
      • Sales
      • Exhibits
    • Committees
      • Advocacy Committee (John Barnes)
      • Audit Committee (Joori Jeon)
      • Development Committee (Michelle Poinelli)
      • Executive Committee (John Barnes)
      • Governance Review Task Force (John Barnes)
      • International Relations Committee (John Barnes)
      • Nominating Committee (Talita Mrkich and John Barnes)

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