MEET  THE  BOARD

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.

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.

JENNIFER KILLINGSWORTH

SLP

Jennifer was born in 1969 with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. She grew up in Ponte Vedra, in what was then a smaller community, where it felt like everyone knew everyone. She had closed heart surgery in Gainesville at 18 months before her father died from sudden death cardiac arrest. Thereafter, she had open heart surgery in Birmingham, Alabama at ages 7, 15 and 20.  Since her last surgery, her valve replacement has been holding up beautifully.  At age 50, Jennifer says she feels fortunate to still be under the care of a local pediatric electrophysiologist for rhythm issues and monitoring of her implantable defibrillator, as well as an adult congenital heart specialist. She feels fortunate to be a survivor with a wonderfully supportive husband, two amazing daughters, and a career that allows me to give back to my community by supporting providers of early intervention. THHP has given her an outlet to share her story with other heart families.  She hope families see resiliency, determination, and strength and know that it’s possible for their children to remember childhoods filled with laughter, love, and fun, more so than medicines, appointments, and heart surgeries.   

LONI SUMERLIN
TREASURER

Mailing Address:

5000 US HWY 17, Suite 18 #404

Fleming Island, FL 32003

info@thehealingheartsproject.org

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle

Do you shop on Amazon?

You can support The Healing Hearts Project at no extra cost to you just by shopping through

smile.amazon.com and selecting The Healing Hearts Project as your recipient of choice.  

©2020 The Healing Hearts Project. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.

The Healing Hearts Project is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.