Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) signature initiative. It’s a platform focused on women and designed to increase awareness of women’s heart health while encouraging change to improve women’s lives. Taking on this challenge requires a village, which is why Central Arkansas’ Circle of Red is vital to the mission.


The Circle of Red is a diverse group of individuals who have joined the Go Red for Women movement and work together to drive and influence change to improve the lives and heart health of women in their communities.


Here are this year’s Circle of Red members:


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Dana Dussing Barry

Philanthropist and PR Lead

Stone Ward


Heather Baker

President & Publisher

AY Media Group


Arnessa Bennett

Director of Special Projects

City of North Little Rock Mayor’s Office


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The Hon. Tjuana Byrd

Pulaski County Circuit Judge


Dr. Paula Fletcher

Health Director

Shorter College


Over 60 million women (44%) in the United States are living with some form of heart disease


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Lisa Gaddy


Dr. Anthony M. Fletcher, FAHA


CHI St. Vincent Clinic


Jacey Guthrie


Gipson Guthrie Dermatology


Kim Lee

Financial Inclusion Officer

Hope Credit Union


Jean McSweeney, RN

Professor and Associate Dean of Research



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Pam Mobley

President and CEO

The RSI Group


Sharmin Moody

Chief Operating Officer

Moodswings Group


Carmen Parks

Development Director – Go Red for Women

American Heart Association


Nearly half of all adults with high blood pressure are women. In fact, women that are just 20 pounds or more overweight, have a family history of HBP or have reached menopause are known to increase a woman’s risk.


Gina Pharis

Circle of Red Chairperson


Marla Sams


Nikki Smith

Executive Director

American Heart Association-Central Arkansas


Cassandra Steele

Director of Special Programs

Little Rock Special School District


Kasey Summerville

VP of Marketing, Communications and Community Engagement

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau


Sarah Thomas

Community Relations Specialist

Healthy Connections


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Danielle Walker


Law Office of Danyelle Walker


NOT PICTURED: Katrina Banks; Debi Barnes; Trish Birch; Char Boulch; Lori Conley; Dr. Thomas Conley;

Dr. Brian Eble; Rick Fleetwood; Sharon Heflin; Sharon Kemp; Karla Montgomery, APRN; Olivia Ramsey and Barry Simon.