Eric’s Dad • California Highway Patrol (Retired) • Parent Heart Watch Member
The most motivating issue for me about Eric’s Foundation is the opportunity to save young lives from the overlooked heart conditions of sudden cardiac arrest. We are able to meet this lofty goal through the wonderful efforts of countless volunteers and a dedicated Board of Directors who share in this passion and for whom I’m forever grateful. I also have a vision that one day youth heart screenings and automatic external defibrillators will be mandatory.
Our Board and Staff
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.
John Rogers, MD
John Rogers, MDMedical 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.)
Marcy Vukotich Director
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.
Steve Lykins Treasurer
California Highway Patrol (Retired)
I am involved with the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation because of my long friendship with Hector and Rhina and because I knew Eric. I saw firsthand the devastation, loss, and deep sorrow Hector and Rhina experienced from Eric’s passing from Sudden Cardia Arrest (SCA). The noble mission of the Foundation they created provides critical education and awareness about SCA. I am honored to be part of this team of amazing individuals dedicated to saving 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.
This foundation represents more to me than just heart screenings and AED’s. We are bringing communities together in the spirit of taking action and working together to prevent tragedies. We are helping people be their own advocates. I support EP Save a Life because we empower parents, children, coaches, and educators to be proactive and aware. It’s about creating conversations that would never happen without Eric.
Diana LiCo- Executive Director, Board Member
“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.”
Diana has served as a marketing and public relations consultant for a variety of organizations across two decades.
“This community of Sudden Cardiac Arrest prevention champions inspires me daily. Their courage and their passion to protect other families from the devastation of losing a child is changing the way our communities protect young hearts.”
For over three decades, Maureen has provided strategic leadership and trademark results-oriented communications tactics to help organizations realize their goals. She has been with EP Save A Life since 2012.
Joanie MoesProgram Manager
“It is such an honor to be part of the EP Save A Life Foundation. Prior to joining the team. I had no idea that asymptomatic, seemingly healthy young hearts could be so vulnerable. I had my own two boys screen several years ago and have been passionate about the mission ever since.”
Joanie has spent 30+ years in consumer marketing including 22 years at Souplantation Restaurants as VP of Brand & Menu Strategy as well as worked with multiple for-profit and non-profit organizations.