WEST PALM BEACH — The American Heart Association’s Palm Beach County office is proud to announce its board chair and board president for the 2022-2023 fiscal year: Grasford W. Smith and Fontaine Timmer, DNP. The board also has two new officers: Shana Peterson-Sheptak, who is the Southeast Florida Market Manager with PNC, and Gina Melby, CEO of HCA Florida JFK Hospital.
This will be Smith’s first term as board chair and his third year on the board. He is a litigation partner with Akerman, LLP, and has practiced law for 17 years.
“What this local team is doing is inspiring, and better yet, it effectively improves community health,” said Smith. “Through projects such as helping our food pantries expand their cold storage, creating health resources in different languages, and increasing awareness around maternal cardiac health, we’re continuing to make a tangible difference in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.”
Board President Fontaine Timmer, DNP, is also in her first year of her role and her third year on the board. Timmer has served in the health care field for 30 years, and is the director of the Palm Beach Atlantic Volunteer Nursing Corps.
“Impact projects such as advocating for the Tele-CPR legislation that successfully passed this spring and working with donors to place CPR kits and gardening kits in schools are helping to save lives and to raise a generation of students who can both save a life and lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Timmer.
The American Heart Association Palm Beach County serves the residents of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Board members will assist the organization in guiding efforts to reduce the incidences of heart disease and stroke, the Nos. 1 and 5 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women.