Corpus Christi superintendent joins nationwide initiative to champion health equity in schools

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, November 1, 2022 — Roland Hernandez, Ph.D., superintendent of Marble Falls Independent School District, has been selected to serve on the national American Heart Association Superintendent Council. Dr. Hernandez is joined by nine other superintendents across the nation who will join the Association in seeking to drive transformational impact aimed at improving the health and well-being of students, families, and educators. 

The Superintendent Council is an elite group of American Heart Association volunteers comprised of superintendents from a diverse mix of urban and rural public-school districts across the United States. Council members serve a two-year term, participating in nationwide stakeholder sessions, and offering their individual and collective expertise to assist the American Heart Association in creating a culture of health in school systems and communities across the country.

The council  complements the work of other American Heart Association youth initiatives such as the in-school programs, Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge, and the American Heart Association Leaders for a Resilient Generation National Council. Each of these areas of work brings volunteers with different backgrounds and perspectives to singularly focus on improving the health and well-being within their local communities and are committed to efforts that will help children achieve healthier, happier and longer lives.

2022-2023 American Heart Association Superintendent Council members: 

  • Chris Allen, Ph.D., Marble Falls Independent School District, Marble Falls, Texas
  • Jeffrey Bearden, Ph.D., Forsyth County Schools, Cummings, Georgia
  • Vivian Ekchian, Ph.D., Glendale Unified School District, Glendale, California
  • Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D., University City School District, University City, Missouri
  • Roland Hernandez, Ph.D., Corpus Christi Independent School District, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Mark Laurrie, Niagara Falls City School District, Niagara Falls, New York
  • Matt Pearce, Ph.D., Republic School District, Republic, Missouri
  • Charlotte Seals, Madison County School District, Madison, Mississippi
  • Aaron Spence, Ph.D., Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Kristi Wilson, Ph.D., Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye, Arizona                

The work of the American Heart Association to save and improve every child’s life is rooted in the organizational vision that all children, regardless of gender, race, location or economic status, should be able grow to their full potential. Efforts are being made around the country, including through this council, to make the places where kids live, learn and play support their physical health and mental well-being, because according to the American Heart Association, only 29% of children have high cardiovascular health based on Life’s Essential 8 measurements.  

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