PORTLAND, ME, September 7, 2022 — The American Heart Association in Maine is entering its 2022-23 fiscal year with dedicated volunteers who will lead the organization’s local team in pursuit of its mission, to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The Association thanks members who have completed their board terms and has named a new president and chair, along with welcoming five new members to its board of directors.  

Stepping up into leadership roles are the Association’s Board Chair Andrew Cook, SVP Commercial Loan Officer III, Mascoma Bank, and Board President Nadi Nina Kaonga, MD, Resident Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maine Medical Center. 

The newest members of the Association’s Board of Directors are Sarah Belliveau, CPA, CEO, BerryDunn; David Landry, CEO, Spectrum Healthcare Partners; Sarah Lewis, Program Director, Maine Access Immigrant Network; Anne L’Heureux, RD, Independent Dietitian; and Joan Smith, Principal, Baker Newman Noyes. 

Continuing board members include Dave Abel, President & General Manager: Channel 8 WMTW & WPXT-Maine’s CW, Portland; Melanie Tinto, Chief Human Resources Officer, WEX; and Brandei Wingard MD, Cardiologist, Northern Light Mercy Hospital. 

“As a volunteer-based organization, the American Heart Association relies on the dedication of men and women who are committed to our mission, and whose passion helps drive our success,” said Brian Shankey, the Association’s Executive Director for Northern New England. “We are grateful for our volunteer Board of Directors, whose leadership will propel the Association’s work toward our 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.”  

Board members will work alongside the Association’s Maine staff to advance its mission and fundraising priorities. The board oversees opportunities for investment in Maine to improve health and well-being and will build on existing efforts around health care access and quality, addressing issues of nutrition and food security, hypertension reduction, CPR awareness and more. 



About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health, and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

For Media Inquiries:
Brenda Vitali: 207-289-2387; brenda.vitali@heart.org
Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
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