Meet our 2023 Board of Directors & International Advisory Board

Published January 6, 2023

Children’s HeartLink has two boards that guide the organization: The Board of Directors and the International Advisory Board. The Children’s HeartLink Board of Directors is a governing board that oversees our activities and guides us toward a sustainable future in pursuit of our vision and mission. The Children’s HeartLink International Advisory Board helps shape Children’s HeartLink’s resource development, strategic initiatives, medical diplomacy and awareness-raising related to the work of promoting pediatric cardiac care for children in the developing world. We are honored to have the following members on our 2023 boards.

2023 Children’s HeartLink Board of Directors


Jackie Boucher, President
Children’s HeartLink

Tom Armitage, M.D., Chair
Retired Executive, Medtronic, Inc.

Taryn Lynch, Vice Chair
Audit Partner, Deloitte

Anu Codaty, Secretary
Community Leader

Patrick Stoneking, Treasurer
Attorney, Jeff Anderson & Associates PA

Mark Lewin, M.D., Medical Director
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Seattle Children’s Hospital

David Overman, M.D., Medical Director
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


John Babitt
Partner, Life Sciences, Ernst & Young, LLP

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN
Dean, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Kristy Duffey
Chief Nursing Officer, Optum

Jeff Evanson
Chief Commercial Officer, Outlook Therapeutics

Susan H. Gebelein
Consultant, Savannah Consulting

Jeffrey Gleason
Partner, Robins Kaplan, LLP

Maria Macuare Gordon, M.D.
Global Vice President of Medical Safety RM, Boston Scientific, Inc.

Jeff Haan
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Fernanda Kattar Petto
Vice President of Finance, Supply Chain & Logistics, UNFI

Betsy Moran-Johnson
Retired Executive, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Darren Nauss
Chairman and CEO, RAZR Marketing, Inc.

Heather Hudnut Page
Peripheral Vascular Category Leader, Philips Image Guided Therapy Devices

Abhi Patangay
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Peter Quimby
Key Account Director, Google

Dannette Smith
Community Leader

2023 Children’s HeartLink International Advisory Board

John C. Langenbrunner, Ph.D., Chair
Senior Health Economist, consultant to World Bank, Middle East and India, to USAID, Indonesia

Kathy Jenkins, M.D., MPH
Executive Director, Center for Applied Pediatric Quality Analytics, Kobren Family Chair for Patient Safety and Quality, Boston Children’s Hospital

James A. Rice, Ph.D.
Managing Director & Senior Advisor, Governance & Leadership, Gallagher Integrated

Nick Seddon
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation, Optum

Kate Tulenko, M.D., MPH, MPhil, FAAP
CEO, Corvus Health

Lijing L. Yan, Ph.D., MPH
Head, NCD Research Program, Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China

Liesl Zühlke, MB ChB, D.C.H., MPH, Ph.D.
Director of the Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit; Pediatric Cardiologist, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

We look forward to leaning into the expertise, leadership and guidance that these leaders can contribute to Children’s HeartLink. We are grateful to the many who have contributed to our success and extend our sincere gratitude to the following individuals who are embarking on new roles or ending their volunteer term. Thank you for your contributions and continued support to Children’s HeartLink.

Special Thank You to Outgoing Chairs

Jeff Evanson for your leadership as the Children’s HeartLink Board of Directors Chair.

James Rice for your leadership as the Children’s HeartLink International Advisory Board Chair.

Special Thank You to Outgoing Directors

Geoff Martha
Chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.

Andrew Nelson
Retired Executive, HealthPartners, Inc.

Kenneth Stein, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Boston Scientific, Inc.

Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney
Retired Executive, Children’s HeartLink

Interested in being considered for the Children’s HeartLink Board of Directors? Reach out to us.

About Children’s HeartLink
Children’s HeartLink saves children’s lives by transforming pediatric heart care in underserved parts of the world. The global nonprofit organization (NGO), partners medical volunteers from top teaching and research institutions with doctors, nurses and health care professionals in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and Vietnam to develop or improve pediatric cardiac care programs. Since 1969, the organization has reached more than 1.5 million children.