DALLAS, June 23, 2016 ― The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease, has selected a retired California business consultant and a leading Philadelphia research scientist as its top national volunteer leaders for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Alvin Royse, J.D., CPA, a retired senior partner with the national accounting firm of  Deloitte, is chairman. Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA, senior associate dean of research at Temple University in Philadelphia, is president.

Royse, who enters the second of a two-year term as chairman, is responsible for the association’s business affairs, public relations and fundraising, and will preside over all board of directors and executive committee meetings. An association volunteer for more than 15 years, Royse was the association’s secretary-treasurer in 2012-13 and chairman of its Western States Affiliate from 2008 to 2010. He is also past chairman of the association’s San Francisco division.  

As president, Houser will serve as chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters. A volunteer since 1979, Houser was chairman of the association’s Research Committee from 2013 to 2015 and chairman of its Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences from 2008 to 2010. In 2012, his research team received a five-year, $11.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop new approaches to prevent, slow or reverse damage to the heart after a heart attack.

The association has also announced its 2016-17 treasurer, chairman-elect and president-elect.

Raymond Vara Jr., president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu, Hawaii, begins his second year as treasurer. In this role, Vara is responsible for the association’s funds and securities. In addition, he is chairman of the association’s Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee and has been a committee member since 2011. Vara also served as chairman of the association’s former Pacific Mountain Affiliate from 2009 to 2011.

James Postl, a retired president and chief executive officer of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, is chairman-elect. Postl was the 2014-16 chairman of the association’s SouthWest Affiliate and the 2013-15 co-chairperson of its International Committee. He has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 2011.

John Warner, M.D., MBA, chief executive officer of UT Southwestern Hospitals in Dallas, is president-elect. Warner was the 2012-14 president of the association’s SouthWest Affiliate and the2010-12 president of its Dallas Division. He has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 2014.


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. 5 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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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