Hey I’m Alex! I’m studying Finance and Neuroscience at Tulane, and when I heard about Heart4Heart I knew I had to start a chapter at Tulane. Congenital heart disease doesn’t get enough attention, and the preventative surgeries are actually relatively inexpensive. Heart4Heart does a great job of providing donors with a specific project that they can see their money going towards, which I think is an important, and yet generally lacking feature of a lot of charities. Also, since the surgeries aren’t the most expensive it’s really gratifying to be able to see the tangible impact we are having on these children’s lives. I’m very excited to spread awareness about CHD and fundraise for these surgeries.
Hi! My name is Samuel Lipman and I am a Senior studying Neuroscience and Political Science at Tulane University. I am from New York City and enjoy snowboarding and playing soccer and basketball. I was VP of communications for the Science and Engineering school and conducted 2 years of research in neurobiology with a focus in learning and memory. I was raised with a deep understanding that there are people less fortunate than me. That is why I am committed to helping raise money and perform community service for those who need help. I joined H4H because i have always had an interest in the healthcare field and believe that I could make a difference to help a child get CHD surgery. I am excited to be one of the leaders of my Chapter and am committed to making a difference to positively impact children around the world.
Hey, my name is Henry Adams and I’m currently in my fourth year at Tulane University studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I grew up in Kansas City Missouri and have always loved art. For the most part I draw and make ceramic works, but I enjoy all art forms. I joined Heart4Heart because I wanted to give children in need a chance at all of the wonderful opportunities I had as a kid. Being able to say that I am responsible for helping to save a life means the world to me.
Hi my name is Liz Byrom. I'm a marketing and management major at Tulane University from Evanston, Illinois. In my spare time I like to listen to music, cook, hang out with friends, and watch the Chicago Blackhawks. I joined Heart 4 Heart because I knew it would be a rewarding experience. The opportunity to put a smile on a child's face was one I could not turn down. I'm honored to be able to raise awareness and plan events and that will have a profound impact on the lives of these children.
Hello! My name is Alyssa and I am currently a junior, studying finance and marketing at Tulane University. I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, but I love the vibrant nature of New Orleans. Aside from studying, I spend my time dancing, writing, and riding my bike. Having a background in tutoring grade-school students, and coaching track & field at a boys’ and girls’ club, I enjoy working with children and making them smile. As cliché as it sounds, by joining Heart 4 Heart, I can both support a truly inspiring cause and have the power to make a difference in people's lives.
Hey everybody! My name is Danny Stagliano and I am a sophomore marketing and digital media production major at Tulane University. I’ve always loved sports, but my favorites have always been soccer, football, and boxing. I was the president of my high school’s Red Cross Club in my hometown of Ithaca, New York, so I have always felt a connection to helping people in need. I joined H4H club because CHD surgery is so inexpensive, yet so impactful on a child’s life. I am ready to help H4H be proactive in 2016-17 and make an impact on the lives of young children.
Hey! I’m Tomas Salter-Cid and I am a junior at Tulane studying Neuroscience and Public Health. I’m from West Windsor, New Jersey, but also spent a lot of my life in San Diego. I love playing lacrosse and pick-up sports, and exploring the wonderful range of cuisine in New Orleans. I also love to fish and surfing with friends. I joined Heart 4 Heart because I was a part of Kids for Kids back home and I truly loved my experience working with children, and wanted to continue it in some way.
Hey, I’m Avery! I am a sophomore studying Environmental Biology at Tulane University. I grew up in White River Junction, Vermont where I loved to ski, play saxophone, and play soccer. A big part of the reason why I joined Heart4Heart was the knowledge that we as an organization could provide genuine help for children who truly need it. The surgeries that we provide to children with CHD have a huge impact on their lives and that is something I think is really special.
Hi, my name is Adam and I am a pre-med student studying psychology at Tulane University. I was born and raised in New York City and have always enjoyed playing recreational sports, such as intramural basketball and football with my friends, and working in labs around campus. Heart 4 Heart called out to me as an organization that I truly wanted to be part of. To be part of an organization that shows countless positive results for children in need is an honor. Our team at Tulane is dedicated to provide the best attention and work ethic to get the ball rolling on treating and providing awareness for congenital heart defects.
Hey! My name is Matt McKeever and I am a Senior at Tulane University studying Finance. I was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut and have always had a love for tennis, snowboarding and chorus. As soon as I heard about Heart 4 Heart, I knew I had to get involved. I love how we get to know the kids we are raising money for and are able to make such a profound impact on their lives. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you’ve helped to change a child’s life, and give them a new sense of hope.
My name is Brian Birt, I am currently a junior at Tulane studying finance and management. I came to New Orleans from my hometown of Davis, California. Some of my hobbies include playing sports, writing poetry, collecting stamps, and public service! I have always had a love for public service, and actually received the one of the public service scholarships to attend Tulane. I am extremely excited about Heart4Heart and its potential to do great things for the communities we work in.
Hi, I'm Briana! I am a senior studying Finance and Entrepreneurial Management at Tulane University. When I was growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, my favorite activities were biking, skiing, and playing tennis with my family and friends. I have always been passionate about helping others embrace happy and healthy lives. I joined Heart4Heart to help kids with CHD get the financial support for life-saving surgeries and allow these kids to discover activities that they love. I am excited to see this organization grow and have a positive impact on those that it serves.
My name’s Sophie and I’m a sophomore in Tulane’s business school with a plan to double major in Marketing and Management. I grew up and went to school in Norfolk, Virginia, where I enjoyed being active in my community and helping others. When I heard about Heart4Heart, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of. This club is able to provide such an amazing gift to children with CHD, and I cannot wait to make it as impactful as possible.
Hello everybody! My name’s Hudson and I’m a junior at Tulane University majoring in English from Redding, Connecticut. My hobbies include spending times outdoors, reading, and playing basketball. I have always valued the importance of helping others live healthy and full lives. Heart4Heart offers the tremendous opportunity to effectively provide much needed assistance to children in need. It is fantastic to be able to part of an organization in which you can truly see the impact you are making. Heart4Heart is an easy way to make this world a better place and I am excited help spread this organization’s message.
Hi! I’m Adam, a senior here at Tulane studying Biomedical Engineering. I’m from Los Angeles, California where i grew up playing tennis, reading, swimming and generally trying to get the most out of my day. Heart4Heart gives kids the chance to do the same. I hope to use my degree to help people by working on prosthetics, so when I heard of Heart4Heart and how easy it could be for me to trade some of my time for the chance to help save a child’s life, I had to do my part.
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Hi! My name is Meg and I'm in my 4th year of the nursing program here at Queen's. I was born and raised in Vancouver, and I'm big into outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, kayaking... pretty much anything that gets me outside. I am fortunate enough to be one of the Co-Presidents of Queen’s Heart4Heart this year. I joined Heart 4 Heart in my first year and have been involved ever since. I was inspired to join because as a nursing student, I've been able to witness just how detrimental it is for families to have children who are unwell. Through this club, I hope to be able to relieve even a little bit of that burden. I am so excited to work alongside the rest of the wonderful committee this year to make a difference in the lives of children with congenital heart diseases.
Hi! My name is Marco Trigiani and I am from Burlington, Ontario. I am currently a 3rd year student in the Health Sciences program here at Queen’s University. In my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports (especially football and hockey), hanging out with friends, and listening to music. This is my third year being part of Heart4Heart and I am very honoured to be serving the role of Co-President this year. Serving as Co-President, I hope to have a positive impact on the Queen’s community and beyond through raising awareness and funds for children with congenital heart disease. I am looking forward to furthering the initiatives of Heart4Heart this year with our excellent executive team!
Hi there! My name is Hiral Thakkar and I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. I’m currently a second year student in the Health Sciences program and I have the pleasure of being your Design Coordinator for this upcoming school year (for the second year in a row - WOOT WOOT)! I was instantly drawn to H4H as I was truly inspired by their aim of raising awareness for children with congenital heart disease, and being able to combine that with my passion for graphic design. I’m extremely grateful to be working with such an amazing team and I’m looking forward to a great year ahead!
Hi everyone! My name is Sylvia Kathirkamanathan and I am in my third year of Life Sciences. I am beyond excited to be one of the events coordinators for this year! What drew me to H4H was its inspiring mission to raise awareness and funds for children with congenital heart disease. I cannot wait to see what this team will accomplish this year!
Hi, my name is Vincent Marraffino, and I am a second-year student in Health Sciences at Queen’s. I’m from Toronto and I love to do any exciting physical activity and like to unwind with some good music. This is my first year with Heart 4 Heart and I am a conference coordinator. I joined H4H because I saw this group working and raising awareness for a great cause and I wanted to be apart of it. I’m excited to raise awareness as well and money for children with congenital heart disease, with the help of other individuals with similar values.
Hey everyone. My name is Lucas and I am in my 4th year of Nursing here at Queen's. This is my first year with being with Heart 4 Heart. What inspired me to join is my passion in cardiovascular health. Fortunately, I was able to provide care to individuals who have to manage heart conditions and it really illuminated me to the difficulties they experience and how important it is to care for one's health. Heart 4 Heart was the perfect mold to combine my passion for the cardiovascular system and supporting those most affected.
Chief Financial Officer
Hello, my name is Hunter and I’m a fourth year nursing student! I am incredibly excited to be apart of the Queen’s H4H chapter, working as the Chief Financial Officer. I have interests in both medicine and finance, so this role allows me to combine these two passions, and be involved with a terrific organization! I am eager to begin the year and am hopeful that this year’s committee can make a difference in the lives of those born with congenital heart diseases.
Hi! My name is Maddy Ratz and I am a second year student pursuing a specialization in Life Sciences. This year I am the sponsorship coordinator for H4H Queen’s and I am so excited to be apart of this club! Growing up, I lived in Kingston before moving to Stouffville, Ontario just before starting high school. Now I am so happy to back in Kingston! I like playing and watching sports, especially hockey, rugby and downhill skiing, and I enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. I am passionate about travel and love learning about new places and cultures. I joined H4H because I love that we can raise awareness about congenital heart disease and at the same time, see how we can positively impact the health of the children we help. I am excited to work with this team and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year!
First Year Representative
Hey everyone! My name is Vraj Patel and I'm a 1st year in Health Sciences. I'm a first year representative on Heart4Heart and I'm excited for everything to come. In my free time I like to play soccer and spend time with friends and family.