American Heart Association Announces Upstate Board of Directors

Board members

2021-22 AHA Board Members

The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to introduce the 2021-2022 Upstate Board of Directors.

Serving in leadership roles are, Chandra Mansell, Matt Puckett, and Katherine Smoak Davis. Mansell, clinical operations manager of Greenville Free Medical Clinic, is serving as the board’s president. Puckett, area president of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., is the board’s chair. And Davis, owner and CEO of Smoak Public Relations, holds the role of leadership development chair.

“We are honored to have Chandra, Matt, and Katherine serving leadership roles for this year’s board of directors,” said Kelly Wilkins, executive director of the American Heart Association. “Through their leadership, we can continue our relentless efforts as we drive towards a healthier Upstate. Together, we will identify our community’s biggest barriers and opportunities to reach our 2024 Healthy Equity Impact Goal which is to advance cardiovascular health for all.”

Also serving on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors are:
• Michael Brown, Sustaining Way
• Matt Caldwell, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
• Fred Gaudette, GE Gas Power
• Jeff Henry, Pinnacle Financial Partner
• Meredith Kinsey, FUEL
• Anne Marie Maertens, Pendleton Place
• Naresh Mullagari, Prisma
• Tara Mosley, New Horizon Family Health Services
• Julie Smart, Community Volunteer
• Taylor Smith, Contec, Inc.
• Joshua Trout, Encompass Health

Board members will assist the organization in guiding local efforts to reduce the incidences of heart disease and stroke, the Nos. 1 and 5 killers in South Carolina. To do this, the board will focus on 3 priority areas including, tobacco and vaping, blood pressure, and food insecurity. For more information or to get involved with local efforts, contact Kelly Wilkins at

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