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OUR TEAM

 

Victoria Dupuy
Founder & Executive Director

Victoria has always had a passion for life, love, and learning.  In 2013 her life took an unexpected tragic turn when her husband Dean died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 46.  Dean led a very active lifestyle and certainly did not fit the profile of someone who was at risk for a heart attack.  Upon Dean’s death, Victoria immersed herself in learning all she could about heart disease, early detection and who really is at risk.

Through sharing her newly-found knowledge and personal experience with friends, family and the community, Victoria quickly became aware that there were many, many other people with experiences just like hers.  This awareness, combined with Victoria’s desire to prevent others from experiencing the terrible loss that she and her family went through, was her incentive to found No More Broken Hearts--because for Victoria, every single heart matters.

In the 3 years since Victoria founded No More Broken Hearts, numerous articles about this unique nonprofit organization have been published in the San Jose Mercury News, multiple community newspapers in the bay area, M Magazine, Bay Area Building Management Resource Guide, Los Gatos Living and Saratoga Living.  Victoria is a frequent guest speaker for numerous local and national organizations, and has been featured on local bay area radio programs.

Karen Kerr
Finance Director

Karen fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by participating in a mother/daughter philanthropy organization in San Diego (MADCAP's), Karen quickly developed a love for charitable work.  While obtaining her BA in Economics at Pomona College, she tutored lower income children at a local high school and upon receiving her CPA license continued her volunteer work by assisting low income tax payers prepare their returns. She currently works as a Derivative Accountant.

Sathy Venkatachalam
Development Director

Sathy hails from Malaysia and came to the United States to attend graduate school in the early 90s. He holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. An engineer by training, he has lived in California since 2000 and has held several senior leadership positions in the tech industry.  He volunteers his time and resources in both individual and organizational settings focused on education, health and community building.

Jeanmarie Ramos
Secretary

Jeanmarie has always had a desire to help people. At a very young age Jeanmarie began her volunteer career at Agnews State Hospital, and while in her teens, she was a camp counselor working with individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs.  Jeanmarie’s passion for No More Broken Hearts stems from her brother who, at age 47, survived a sudden heart attack resulting from a 90% arterial blockage just a few short months after a full physical and stress test rendered him in good health.

Jeanmarie has an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from DeAnza College and has extensive experience working with several Silicon Valley companies holding administrative, accounting, contract administration, accounts Receivable and credit analyst positions.

Kristina Rust
Marketing Director

A Midwesterner at heart who has called California her home for the past 25 years, Kristina has always enjoyed being an active volunteer.  She has organized a Walk-A-Thon for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and has worked with Habitat for Humanity helping to restore homes for low income families.  Kristina is the past President for the Blue Hills Educational Fund, has served as a PTA board member for Miller Middle School, and as the Miller Middle School Liaison to the Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation.

A professional photographer, Kristina enjoys donating her services to many nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Children’s Hospital.  She is also a past board member for her local National Charity League chapter serving as the Assistant VP of Communications and Education.  Kristina holds a B.A degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois.

Advisory Board
Michel Accad, M.D.
Dr. Accad is a San Francisco physician specializing in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.  His credentials include holding three national board certifications (internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology), an appointment as assistant professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco and Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.  He is also a provider for the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (S.H.A.P.E).

 

Dr. Jeffrey Fine, MS, PhD
Dr. Fine earned his PhD in cardiovascular science and public health at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and School of Public Health.   He serves as CEO of J & J Medical, LLC specializing in heart attack prevention program development, medical education programs, physician training, and is the founder of the National Coronary CTA Data Registry.  Previously, Dr. Fine served as Chief Research and Education Officer with Cardiovascular Associates, Kingsport, TN, Vice President of Cardiovascular Innovations, founded the Department of Investigator Initiated Research at the South Carolina Heart Center, Columbia, SC, Medical Director of the South Carolina Heart Center Foundation, and as a cardiovascular research investigator for seven years. During that time he has conducted numerous clinical trials and published many scientific contributions related to coronary calcium scoring, the economic impact of medical technologies, and early cardiovascular disease identification and treatment.

Dr. Fine is nationally recognized in the fields of coronary artery disease identification, and heart attack prevention including coronary calcium scoring.

National Heart Health

 

Dr. Joel Kahn
At his core, Dr. Joel Kahn believes that vegan nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after his own commitment to veganism that he truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics and nutrition-based recovery protocols. He passionately lectures throughout the country about the health benefits of veganism inspiring a new generation of thought leaders to think scientifically and critically about the body’s ability to heal itself through proper nutrition.

Dr. Joel Kahn - America's Healthy Heart Doc

 

Professional Heart Warriors

Please visit the following links to learn more about the professionals who have partnered with us by endorsing our organization:

Morteza Naghavi, M.D. - Founder
http://shapesociety.org

Dr. Joel Kahn - America's Holistic Heart Doctor
http://www.drjoelkahn.com

Dr. Michel Accad - Athletic Hearts of SF
http://athleticheartsf.com

The Widowmaker Documentary
http://widowmakerthemovie.com

David Bobbet - Founder Irish Heart Disease Awareness
http://www.ihda.ie

Dr. Matthew Budoff - Dr. Budoff is a national expert on Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) and CT Angiography
https://www.labiomed.org/researchers/matthew-j-budoff-md

Dr. Dean Ornish - Dedicated to transforming lives and health care
Consultant to former President Bill Clinton
White House Advisory Group
http://deanornish.com

Hattie Henley - Right Care Initiative of California
https://www.dmhc.ca.gov/AbouttheDMHC/RightCareInitiative.aspx#.VtsUhccwdU0

 

 

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