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Hector Paredes, President
Eric’s Dad • California Highway Patrol • Parent Heart Watch Member
I am forever grateful and at the same time humbled over the opportunity to work with so many wonderful volunteers, especially the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation board members, who share in our passion of preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest among young people. I feel confident that with the continued support of our community, electrocardiograms will become part of the annual wellness check for teens.
Rhina Paredes-Greeson, Vice President
Eric’s Mom • Scripps Health and Scripps Green Hospital, RN • Parent Heart Watch Member
I am involved in this foundation because this is my son’s legacy. We need to protect the youth in our community and save parents from the loss of their children from a syndrome that many times could be prevented by a simple EKG. Being in the medical field I didnt know that sudden cardiac death could happen in a seemingly healthy 15 year old, but it does.
I have been with the EP Save a Life Foundation since the inception. I am very passionate because I knew Eric and experienced his loss. I feel it is so crucial to screen teens in order to save lives.
Allison Healy-Poe, Secretary
Our daughter was screened by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation in 8th grade. Despite being a totally asymptomatic, multi-sport athlete, she was found to have Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW). She had a successful procedure and quickly returned to the activities she loved. She will be a Division 1 college athlete in the Fall. We wanted to share our story and spread the word about the value of screening teen athletes for cardiac abnormalities. We pay forward our good fortune with gratitude each and every day for the Foundation and their mission to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Diana Li, Treasurer
Marketing and Public Relations Consultant
As a parent of a teen who took part in a Eric Paredes Save A Life Screening in 2014, our son was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening heart defect. Our son’s life was changed that day at the screening. I believe very strongly in the mission and the principles of this organization and want to serve the youth in our area to raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Connie Anaya, MS, ATC, Director
Sports Medicine/Advanced Sports Medicine Instructor, Coronado High School • Career Technical Education
Over the past 12 years I’ve worked with thousands of teens who have taken interest in their personal health as well as that of their peers both on and off the athletic field. Through teaching high school classes in Basic Life Support and Sports Medicine, teens have been inspired to pursue many careers in the medical field. They are also able to identify signs of cardiac arrest, as well as signs of other serious and/or common medical conditions. The Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation is very personal to me, as I hope to help continue the mission of educating others about sudden cardiac arrest & the importance of preventative heart screening.
John Rogers, MD, Medical Director
Scripps Health, Cardiologist • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, San Diego Chapter, President
Dr. Rogers, is a long-time advocate of cardiac screenings for every teen. He oversees a volunteer medical team at every EP Save A Life event and personally reviews each teen’s screening results. Dr. Rogers was named the 2014 Hero For Young Hearts Champion by Parent Heart Watch, the national voice of sudden cardiac arrest prevention in youth.
Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. Rogers has special expertise in nuclear cardiology, syncope, electrophysiology and implantation of pacemakers and internal cardiac defibrillators (ICDs.)
Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation
From program development to fundraising, Sarah is in charge of daily operations and organizational strategy. The Foundation’s goal is to standardize cardiac screenings for youth and equip schools with readily accessible automated external defibrillators and CPR/AED training for students and staff. Sarah earned a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership & Management program from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oregon State University. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management through Nonprofit Management Solutions and Brandman University.