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

Cardiologist

CHI St. Vincent Clinic

 

Jacey Guthrie

Owner

Gipson Guthrie Dermatology

 

Kim Lee

Financial Inclusion Officer

Hope Credit Union

 

Jean McSweeney, RN

Professor and Associate Dean of Research

UAMS

 

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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

Attorney

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.