Gardner, Josserand and Wasiak receive American Heart Association’s top volunteer award

July 01, 2013 Categories: Heart News

DALLAS, July 1, 2013 – The American Heart Association presented its 2013 Gold Heart Award to Newark (Del.) heart surgeon Timothy Gardner, M.D., Jacksonville (Fla.) advertising executive David Josserand, and New York communications executive Hank Wasiak. The award is the highest honor the association gives in recognition of continued, distinguished service.

The awards were presented at the association's 2013 Gold Heart Banquet in Dallas on June 25.

Gardner, medical director of the Center for Heart & Vascular Health at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., was the association’s president in 2008-09 and has been a volunteer for more than 25 years. He has chaired the association’s Committee on Scientific Sessions Program and Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee, and has served as a guest editor of Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Josserand, executive vice president and chief strategic officer for the Dalton Agency in Jacksonville, Fla., was the association’s chairman of the board in 2008-09 and has been a volunteer for more than 15 years. He is a past chairperson of the association’s Communications Coordinating Committee and has provided valuable expertise to guide the organization’s activities in advertising, branding and communications.

Wasiak, a partner at the Concept Farm in New York City, has been an association volunteer for more than a decade. Since 2010, as chairperson of the association’s Stroke Advisory Committee, he has been a driving force behind efforts to raise consumer awareness of stroke risk, warning signs and prevention. He provided key leadership for the association’s recently launched “F.A.S.T.” stroke awareness advertising campaign in collaboration with the Ad Council.      

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org  or call any of our offices around the country.

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