American Heart Association Names New Board Chair And President

American Heart Association Names New Board Chair And President



Sarah Yeager, of Monroe, has been named Chair of the Central Connecticut Region Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Leigh Pechillo, of Southington, is its new president. Both will serve a two-year term beginning July 1.

Sarah Yeager has been involved with the American Heart Association since 2008, when she joined the board of directors and served on the Greater New Haven Heart Walk Executive Leadership Committee. For two years Sarah was the highest fundraiser amongst the executive leadership committee for the Heart Walk. She also served on the Go Red for Women’s Luncheon Executive Leadership Committee for five years, 2015 – 2020 and was an integral part of creating the Wellness Showcase, educating women on their risks for heart disease.

Leigh Pechillo has been a Central Connecticut board member since 2018. She has been a committed and passionate volunteer for the American Heart Association since 2007 after her son was born with Noonan Syndrome, a genetic condition that caused congenital heart defects. Over the years, Leigh has been involved as a fund raiser, helping to raise over $100,000, and as an advocate for the health of Connecticut communities. She became a heart survivor in 2014, after having a sudden cardiac arrest and being saved by her husband using Hands-Only CPR. In 2018, Leigh received the inaugural Woman of Distinction Award, which recognizes a woman who has made a sustained, unique, or extraordinary effort to improve the community. 

Stepping down after two-year term as Connecticut Board president, is Dr. Sandra Bulmer, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services Southern Connecticut State University and Chair, Corliss Montesi, Vice President of Internal Audit/L3Harris Technologies. Both are remaining on the board. 

Also new to the Connecticut board is Russ Mills, vice president finance, Stanley Black & Decker. He joins fellow board members:

Dr. Joonun Choi, Stamford Health; Marina Cunningham, McCormick, Paulding &  Huber PLLC; Dr. Robert Elder, Yale School of Medicine; Anjanette Ferris-Senatus, UConn Health; Donna Handley, Hartford Healthcare; Edmund, Kindelan, CohnReznick LLP; Dr. Seth Lapuk, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Dr. Joseph Schindler, Yale New Haven Hospital.


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