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Starting Hearts appoints a new executive director

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AVON — Lynn Blake, founder and president of Starting Hearts, a Vail Valley-based nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through CPR and automated external defibrillator education and placement, has announced the appointment of Alan Himelfarb as the organization's new executive director.

"We received an overwhelming response to the job opening and feel fortunate to have had such a rich pool of applicants," Blake said. "Alan embodies the spirit and drive upon which Starting Hearts was founded and will be a tremendous asset to the organization. We are confident that Alan's experience, knowledge and integrity are a great match for the work of Starting Hearts. Alan is a visionary leader who brings extensive experience in operational excellence, infrastructure development, systems and procedures, setting and attaining goals, strategic planning and much more."

Himelfarb's career has spanned the for-profit and startup sectors. He has served in various capacities around the globe and has worked with distinguished individuals and organizations such as Lee Iacocca, of Ford; Robert Stempel, of GM; and the Clinton Global Initiative. He holds a degree in fine arts from Prescott College, an MBA with honors from Regis University and pursued doctoral work on sustainability at the Grenoble School of Management.

"I am honored to be chosen to lead Starting Hearts as its new executive director," Himelfarb said. "I am very thankful to Lynn, the hiring committee and all our dedicated board members for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this important cause. I lost my father at the too-early age of 57 due to heart failure. Had we the knowledge and a defibrillator then, we may well have saved him. When I think about the 1,000 Americans who suffer this fate every day, I am all the more determined to teach more people, place more AEDs and make significant progress in saving more lives. What has been achieved in the past four years under Lynn's leadership is truly remarkable and provides a strong foundation to advance our cause in the coming years. "

Starting Hearts is an Eagle County nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims in the community. They provide outreach and education to empower individuals to step in and assist while medical professionals are en route.