American Heart Association


1777 S. Harrison Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80210




Social Media
Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Twitter: @denverheart
Instagram: @ahacolorado

Executive Director
Gina Gardner

Year Established

Service Area

Mission Statement
Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke

2020 Impact Goal
By 2020 to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.

Awareness Months
February - American Heart Month
May - National Stroke Awareness Month

Fundraising Events: 

Go Red for Women Luncheon
November 18, 2016
The Go Red for Women Luncheon is the American Heart Association’s premier event for women in which focuses on three areas to support the fight against heart disease in women: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action, and generating funds to support education and research. Contact: Megan Calvert, Go Red for Women Director, 303-801-4634

Denver Heart Ball
March 11, 2017
The Denver Heart Ball raises funds to support the mission of the American Heart Association and makes a special appeal for programs that help to benefit children’s health and stroke initiatives. Contact: Ashley Nordberg, Sr. Heart Ball Director, 303-801-4655

Denver Heart and Stroke Walk
June 2017
The Denver Heart and Stroke Walk is the signature American Heart Association event, promoting physical activity and heart healthy living in a family-friendly environment. Contact: Sara Prevost, VP Heart and Stroke Walk, 303-801-4650

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart are education and fundraising events that engage elementary and middle school student with jumping rope or playing basketball, while empowering them to improve their own health and help others with heart-health issues. Contact: Janeen McDonald, VP Youth Market, 303-801-4641

CycleNation is a movement to empower the nation to use cycling to help Americans get brain and heart healthy while raising funds to continue vital community programs and support research to end stroke and heart disease. The goal is to energize a nation and our community to get brain and heart healthy through the power of the bicycle. Cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50% and strengthens heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces cholesterol. Teams of four ride stationary bikes in an iconic Denver location in a block-party type atmosphere. Contact: Jennifer Barker, 303-801-4657 or

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Each year, the American Heart Association relies on people just like you to help us reduce disability and death due to heart disease and stroke. There are many ways for you to volunteer your time:

Special Events – Our fundraising activities provide for lifesaving research, outreach and educational programs dedicated to improving the lives of our community.

Community Events – Each year the American Heart Association hosts numerous events, free to the public, that emphasize heart and stroke education and awareness. We need your help to reach the children, adults, ethnic groups, and patients who benefit from our services.
Share Your Story/Speakers Bureau – Have you or someone close to you been affected by heart disease or stroke? The American Heart Association is always looking for people who want to share the message and mission of our organization while telling their inspirational story to others. The American Heart Association has many requests for public speakers throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the Colorado Speakers Bureau, contact Sara Martin at 303-801-4644.

Advocacy – Mobilizing volunteers and staff to influence public policy decisions related to heart health and ensuring the operation of a Federal Legislative response network, are important strategies critical to our mission. With your help, we can make a difference at the local, state, and national level. Visit to become part of our grassroots network today!

General Office Duties – The Denver office of the American Heart Association is often in need of administrative support such as one-time projects, envelope stuffing, packet development, etc.

Giving Opportunities: 

You may contribute to the American Heart Association through the following:

Fundraising Event – The Denver office of the American Heart Association hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Contributions are collected through corporate sponsorships, matching gifts, and in-kind donations. Please call 303-801-4630 for more information on how to donate locally.

Cor Vitae – The Heart of Life Philanthropic Giving Society is a warm and inviting community of like-minded individuals who understand the importance of changing and saving lives through the work of the American Heart Association. Cor Vitae is the vehicle for significant supporters of the AHA to be recognized for their giving to the Association and serve as a platform to inspire others to also consider making an impact on the health of Americans. To learn how to become a part of this individual giving society call 303-801-4649.

Memorial, Tribute or Designated Gifts – Donations may also be contributed via planned giving, workplace giving, vehicle donation, the Heritage Brick Wall or direct individual donation. Please contact 303-801-4630 or visit for more information.

Board of Directors: 

Ed Balcerzak
Board Chair

Peter Buttrick, MD
Board President
University of Colorado School of Public Health Anschutz Medical Campus

Wouter van Kempen
Immediate Past Chair
DCP Midstream

Pat Cortez
Wells Fargo

Jim Fullerton
Financial Consultant

Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Kim Bimestefer
KB Consulting

Mike Ramseier
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Raymond Estacio, MD
Denver Health and Hospital Authority

Scott Hefner
Ernst & Young LLP

Michael Rowan
Catholic Health Initiatives

Meshach Rhoades
Armstrong Teasdale