MEET  THE  BOARD

Robert English, M.D.
Chairman

 Born outside of Columbus, OH, Robert English, M.D. moved around a lot as a kid; living in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  He studied Chemistry at John Hopkins University for undergraduate school and went on to the University of Pittsburgh for medical school. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Columbus Children’s/Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  After spending an extra year to serve as Chief Resident, he went back to Pittsburgh for his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology.  Upon completion of his training in 2003, he moved to Jacksonville. He has a variety of interests within the field of Pediatric Cardiology, such as interventional cardiac catheterization, cardiac manifestations of systemic diseases and cardiac care in children undergoing chemotherapy.  Outside of work, he is an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America and spends most of his free time with his wife and 3 kids.

Stacey Merritt
President

 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.

Sarah Johnson
Vice President

As the mother to a Heart Warrior, Sarah knows first-hand how impactful this organization's work is. With undergrad degrees in Business Management and Communications from The University of North Florida, Sarah has worked in the field of Marketing since 2009. She specializes in strategic planning, email marketing and reporting. As a long time beaches resident in the Jacksonville area, she enjoys hitting the beach with her husband and two kids.

Erik Wilson
Treasurer

Erik is a CPA, pastor and marriage and family counselor. He works for Riverside Homes as VP of Finance, He is married to his high school sweetheart of 25 years and has 4 children

ages 11 to 18. He came to know the Healing Hearts Project through dear friends who have

a child, Zoe, that has benefitted from this wonderful program.

Dr. Amy Hardman has been pediatrician for over 20 years. She grew up in Ocala, FL and attended University of Florida for her undergraduate degree. She then went to Vanderbilt University for medical school and pediatric residency. She did a year of Pediatric Cardiology in Houston, TX before moving to Jacksonville to join the Carithers Pediatric Group where she practiced for 17 years. She then practiced at the Bower Lyman Center for Medically Complex Children and retired in 2019. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, her 2 teenage children. Amy is excited to contribute to the Healing Hearts Project using her experiences caring for children and serving on various boards in the Jacksonville community.

Jerry Bridgham

MD, FAAP

Jerry A. Bridgham, MD, has been the Chief Medical Officer for Wolfson Children's Hospital since November 2006.  Prior to assuming this position, he served in many medical staff leadership roles, including Chief of the Section of General Pediatrics and President of the Medical Staff (Chief of Staff) for Wolfson.  As a community pediatrician, he has been a partner in Mandarin Pediatrics, now a part of Baptist Primary Care, since 1990.  He still practices on a part-time basis and remains a member of the medical staffs of Wolfson Children's Hospital and Baptist Medical Center South.  Dr. Bridgham is the past President of the Florida Association of Children's Hospitals and serves on the Boards of Directors for several local non-profit organizations related to children’s healthcare.  

 

He has a wife and 4 grown children and he credits any leadership skills he possesses to his involvement in his kids’ recreational activities while they were young.

Raoul Sanchez MD, FAAP

Dr. Raoul Sanchez has lived in Jacksonville for 20 years. He grew up in Miami and attended college at Stetson University and went on to medical school at USF College of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed his pediatric residency at UAB in Birmingham before moving to Jacksonville to join the Carithers Pediatric Group in 1997. He has enjoyed making Jacksonville his home.  He is proud of his two children who are both pursuing a career in medicine at Florida universities. Naturally, he has a passion for the health and well-being of children and is excited to join the board of The Healing Hearts Project. 

Brandon Kuebler

M.D.

Dr. Kuebler is a pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist, but also a husband and father of 2 school-aged children.  After growing-up in the mountains of southern West Virginia, he attended college at High Point University in North Carolina, and medical school at West Virginia University.  He completed his residency and fellowship training in Richmond, Virginia before coming down to his wife’s hometown in Jacksonville.  

 

He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors either at the beach, or in the mountains.  He and his family are eager to support patients and their loved-ones through The Healing Hearts Project, as his wife’s sister required cardiac surgery as an infant in the 1970’s. As a congenital cardiologist, Dr. Kuebler says "it is very rewarding to overcome the challenges of congenital heart disease with these families, but also see the patient as a teenager or adult working toward their own goals for the life that has been achieved."

Julie Harrell

Julie M. Harrell has specialized in personal injury litigation at Harrell and Harrell, p.a. for over 15 years.  She has considerable expertise in handling trials, in negotiating and litigating cases and has successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury lawsuits, often involving million dollar and multi-million dollar claims. Julie believes it is important to work closely and communicate with clients to provide the highest quality of honest and ethical representation. She has been honored as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers, First Coast Top 10 Attorney Under 40 by the Attorney at Law Magazine, as one of the Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and as a Top Lawyer by the Legal Network.   She has served on the board of directors for many local and nationwide organizations and is honored to be working with the Healing Hearts Project.

Markus Sermons, ESQ

As a small town, South Georgia native working with kids in a community after-school program, Markus learned early on the importance of doing your part to serve the needs of others.  “You have the spirit of a server”, Markus recalls hearing from his aunt.  As a teen, Markus was one of the first teens positively influenced by the G.O.L.F.E.R program, a non-profit aimed at introducing kids from low-income areas to golf and a new perspective on life.  Markus is now a board member for the program and participates in annual golf tournaments with the new recruits, even though he admits to not playing very well.

 

Markus joined the board of The Healing Hearts Project in hopes that his experience has an attorney would add a unique perspective to the talented cast of medical and other professionals devoted to helping youth and families impacted by congenital heart disease.  Prior to entering the private practice of law, Markus worked as an attorney in various government agencies and enjoyed saving the world one case at a time. When he is not being a father, husband, attorney, and all-around lovable guy, Markus enjoys spending time out on the water, which he describes as his sanctuary and allows him to rejuvenate.

Dana Nolan, OD

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.

Amy Shaheen

BSN, RN, CCRN-P

Amy has lived in Jacksonville for 40 years. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and her husband have 2 wonderful boys, Nick and Christopher. She's  been a nurse for 19 years and has spent the last 9 years employed at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Her youngest son, Christopher has brittle

bone disease and has undergone 18 surgeries at Wolfson Children's Hospital. As a nurse and mother of a special needs child, she has an understanding and passion that allows her to form special bonds with the

patients and parents.

Amy Hardman, M.D.

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841 Prudential Drive #100

Jacksonville, Florida 32207

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