Clark named new Southern New England American Heart Association executive director

PROVIDENCE – Michelle Clark, who has served as development director for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign for the last three years, has been named the association’s new executive director for its Southern New England regional team, the health nonprofit announced Tuesday.

The association said Clark, in her role in leading the Go Red for Women campaign, cultivated relationships with the southern New England community to allow the association to continue supporting healthy lives within the community. In her new role as executive director, Clark, the association said, will help lead the regional team’s ongoing efforts to help maintain healthy communities through various programming and focus on issue-based fundraising.

“I have a sincere appreciation for collaboration and support the direction of the American Heart Association moving toward heavier focus on health equity and the measurable impact we can make here in Southern New England,” Clark said in a statement. “I am excited to lead a talented team to help improve the well-being of our community.”

Additionally, the association has named Frank Maher as the new Go Red for Women campaign development director. The association said Maher worked for various organizations, including the American Red Cross, Trinity Repertory Company, the National Kidney Foundation and Save the Bay, over the course of 25 years. In that time, Maher helped organizations collectively raise more than $100 million for programs and missions, the association said.

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The association also brought aboard Gretta Jones to be the organization’s Heart Walk development director to lead the association’s annual fundraising initiative.

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