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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announces new executive director and new regional directors in Alaska


FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – The American Heart Association (AHA) and its division, the American Stroke Association (ASA), is pleased to announce that Janet Bartels has been promoted to Executive Director for Alaska.  Bartels was the Development Director in Fairbanks for over 10 years and consistently set national benchmarks for fundraising and volunteer management within the organization. As Executive Director, Bartels will oversee fundraising and operations for the AHA/ASA in Anchorage and Fairbanks. 

Kristin Willersdorf is the new Development Director for AHA/ASA’s Anchorage region.  Willersdorf will be responsible for engaging the community and sponsors in the Go Red For Women campaign, which aims to stop heart disease in women, and the Alaska Heart Run, an annual 5K race. Willersdorf has a background in marketing and retail, and most recently worked for the corporate headquarters for Coach in New York City. She has also been involved with non-profit organizations on a personal level.

Meadow Bailey, APR is the new Development Director for AHA/ASA’s Fairbanks region. Bailey will be overseeing major campaigns, including Go Red For Women and the annual Fairbanks Heart Walk. Bailey is a long-time resident of Fairbanks with extensive experience in media and public relations. Most recently she served as an Information Officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation, and is adjunct faculty of public speaking at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The organization teams 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 American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, visit www.heart.org.

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