MEET  THE  BOARD

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AMY SHAHEEN MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-POD
Board Chair

Amy has lived in Jacksonville for 45 years. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and her husband have 2 wonderful boys, Nick and Christopher. She has been a nurse for 24 years and has spent the last 15 years employed at Baptist Health & Wolfson Children's Hospital. Her youngest son, Christopher has a brittle

bone disease and has undergone 20 surgeries at Wolfson Children's Hospital. As a nurse and mother of a special needs child, she has a thorough understanding and passion that allows her to form special bonds with the patients and parents.

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STACEY MERRITT  
Board Secretary

Stacey is a wife and mother to four beautiful children. She and her husband run a homeschool on top of being small business owners. Originally from Wisconsin, she moved to Florida in order to attend Florida Southern College which is where she met her husband on the waterski team. She finished her degree in Education in her husband's hometown of Jacksonville at the University of North Florida. Both her degree and passion are focused on special education and teaching her children. She is also a “heart mom" and is extremely honored to serve the families of Jacksonville through The Healing Hearts Project.

DANA NOLAN OD
 Vice Chair

Dana M. Nolan, OD, is a family optometrist who practices in the heart of Avondale. A Jacksonville native, Dana received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, and her Doctorate in Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She then returned home to practice optometry in 1998. After practicing in Orange Park for nine years, Dr. Nolan opened Vue Optical in October 2008. She is passionate about her family, including three uniquely wonderful girls.

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CHERYLANNE WILSON MSN,RN,CCRN-P

Cherylanne has been a nurse for 34 years – almost all in pediatric ICU, CVICU, and NICU.  She's held positions as a bedside nurse, unit educator, assistant nurse manager, nurse manager, and now clinical educator at Baptist Health. She and her husband like to travel, scuba dive, and watch the Jaguars.  She has a passion to serve in the community and also serves on the Board of the First Coast Associate for Nursing Professional Development and my home community – Stonehurst Plantation.  I look forward to the opportunity to bring awareness of CHD to our local community and to provide assistance to these families.

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JOY PARMAN 
Executive Director
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DONYA MARSHALL RN, BSN
Board Treasurer

Donya is a nurse and mother to a tween with a congenital heart defect. Her personal understanding of both the daily and long-term physical, mental, emotional, and financial struggles of those dealing with medically complex issues is what drew her to serving local families through her role as Board Treasurer.  Her goal as a board member for The Healing Heart Project is to remove some of the burdens for families diagnosed with CHDs. Since THHP was founded in 2016, the support and services have been beneficial in her own life, and she is constantly looking for ways to pay this forward.  She believes we cannot expect to grow as an individual if we remain stagnant. She looks forward to connecting with and serving those affected by CHD in the northeast Florida region and beyond.

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NICOLE GARRETT 
 

Nicole and her husband are blessed with four beautiful daughters, one of which is a heart warrior who also rocks an extra-twenty-first-chromosome. Nicole worked for eight years as an office manager for a counseling agency where she began recognizing the difficulties of all individuals no matter their background and observing how a smile and kind words do in fact change a person’s day. As her family grew she was called to stay at home and homeschool full time. Each new experience and opportunity she had raising and homeschooling her daughters strengthened her desire to give back to the community. She is an advocate for life long learning and is looking forward to learning and serving families.