WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease Names new Board Chair and appoints new Board members

WomenHeart Champion Kathy Webster of Kansas City takes the helm
of the nation’s leading organization for women’s heart health
February 18, 2015 (Washington, DC) – WomenHeart: The National
Coalition for Women with Heart Disease today announces Kathy Webster
as the new Board Chair for the nation’s first and still only national
organization solely devoted to women’s heart health and supporting the
42 million women living with or at risk for heart disease. Webster is a
heart disease survivor and WomenHeart Champion – volunteer
community educator, advocate and Support Network Coordinator trained
at the prestigious WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at
Mayo Clinic – who has served the organization in a variety of leadership
capacities since 2006.
“I am honored and proud to have been chosen to help lead this incredible
organization that provides much-needed education and support to women
living with and at risk of heart disease. We have an amazing team of passionate staff members,
directors, volunteers and the nation’s leading experts in women’s heart health as advisors – all
working together, we are saving lives!”
Kathy Webster
Kathy Webster is a life-long heart disease survivor, diagnosed with congenital heart disease at
age 4, and undergoing open heart surgery as a teenager. After many years of treatment and a
second open heart surgery, Kathy joined WomenHeart in 2006 when she attended the prestigious
WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, an experience she found to be
profoundly life-affirming. Kathy has been an active WomenHeart Champion volunteer since that
time, serving as a community advocate, Support Network Coordinator, District Leader, and
spokesperson in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kathy was elected to the national
WomenHeart Governing Board of Directors in 2011, became Treasurer in 2012, and Chair-Elect
in 2014 before assuming the Board Chair position in January 2015.
Kathy earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology, MS Ed in Counseling and Guidance, and is a
graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She recently retired from the Federal
Reserve Bank of Kansas City after a 33 year career in management. She is on the College of Arts
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and Sciences Alumni Board at the University of Missouri-KC, the Women’s Heart Health
Advisory Council at the University of Kansas Hospital, and serves on her neighborhood homes
association board. She is married, has one adult son, and resides in Overland Park, KS.
WomenHeart also inducted five new Board members at its January Board meeting in
Washington, DC.
Paige Bingham
Paige Bingham is the Director of LifeCourse, a grant funded project at Allina Health, creating an
integrated supportive model for individuals and families affected by serious life-limiting
illnesses. Prior to joining Allina Health, Paige spent more than 10 years at Medtronic in Cardiac
Rhythm Management and Corporate Responsibility. She also held senior management positions
at Boston Scientific, General Mills, and Deloitte. She received an MBA from The Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna
College. A long time Minneapolis resident, Paige serves on the governing boards of the YWCA
of Minneapolis and Twin Cities Rise!.
In 2009, Paige attended the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic and
connected deeply with the WomenHeart mission to empower women living with heart disease
and to engage the community that cares for them. Through her involvement with WomenHeart,
Paige has witnessed the force for good embodied by WomenHeart Champions who are managing
their heart disease better because of WomenHeart.
Debra Gee
Debra serves as General Counsel and Executive Officer for the Chickasaw Nation Legal
Division in Ada, Oklahoma. Debra’s work focuses on a variety of legal issues including health
law, criminal law, family law, tribal law and contract law. Debra serves as a member of the
Section 904 Task Force for the Office on Violence against Women and participates on various
committees within the American Bar Association. She is also an enrolled member of the Navajo
Nation and is affiliated with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is a graduate of the Arizona State
University College of Law where she earned her J.D. and Smith College where she earned her
B.A. Debra looks forward to serving on the WomenHeart Board and contributing her knowledge
as WomenHeart seeks to enhance services to the American Indian and Alaska Native female
population who are at risk or are affected by heart disease.
Richard Jacob
Richard is Chairman/CEO of Prescott, Forbes, & Associates, an operations and strategy
consulting firm working exclusively with business owners and boards of directors. Formerly
President/CEO of BriskHeat Corporation, he also previously directed manufactured product
businesses for Rockwell International, Litton Industries, UniRoyal Plastics, and Harris
Corporation. He was named an Inc. ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 1994, was a founding member
of the national ‘School for Creating and Managing Change’ and has served on a White House
Commission formulating small business regulatory reform. He is a decorated former Air Force
captain and joint recipient of the Collier trophy. Recognizing that heart disease is the leading
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cause of death in women has moved Richard to focus on that area. He is a heart transplant
recipient and knows first-hand the value of education and support to those with heart disease.
Barbara Tombros
Barbara recently retired after more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry in various roles.
She spent the most recent 10 years as the Director of Advocacy and Alliance Development for
Novartis Pharmaceuticals with a strong focus on cardiovascular disease. In that role, Barbara
worked closely with WomenHeart, and experienced first-hand the WomenHeart Science &
Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic. This experience, like for so many attendees, was deeply
impactful by meeting women heart patients and hearing their stories. Prior to joining Novartis
Barbara managed a global advocacy program at Pharmacia, which engaged rheumatoid arthritis
patients to train health care professionals in the proper methodology of a full body joint
examination and to better understand quality of life issues for rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Both of these experiences fostered a strong desire to assist patients, and particularly woman
patients, to have a voice in their healthcare and health.
Donna K. Winburn
Donna K. Winburn is a heart disease survivor and WomenHeart Champion. She is a 2006
graduate of the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, an experience
she says that started a truly life changing journey for her. Donna has been active since then as a
Support Network Coordinator, District Leader and advocate for women’s heart health. She
embraces the mission of WomenHeart by providing education through speaking engagements
and health fairs, launching three WomenHeart Support Networks in her community, and starting
the first patient-survivor led support groups in the DFW Metroplex at Texas Health Resources
HEB and the HEART Hospital Baylor Plano. She looks forward to continuing her efforts as an
advocate for women’s health equity as a member of the Board.
To schedule an interview with Kathy Webster, Board Chair of WomenHeart, on women’s
heart health and WomenHeart’s support and education programs for women living with
and at risk for heart disease, please contact Eva Maciejewski at 202.464.8737 or
emaciejewski@womenheart.org.
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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only
patient centered organization serving the 43 million American women living with or at risk for
heart disease – the leading cause of death in women. WomenHeart is solely devoted to advancing
women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient
support network for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a
community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their
families, physicians, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier
lives. To receive a free online heart health action kit or to donate, visit www.womenheart.org

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