board of directors


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Rob + Ady Dorsett

As Hayden's parents, we are the founders and directors of Hayden's Heart INC. We started this foundation just a few months after he passed away out of desperation as a way to keep Hayden's memory alive and help raise awareness for CHD. Hayden has always had a lot of supporters from his followings on facebook and we felt with support like that, we just had to keep it going in hopes of helping other families like ours. It has given us a way to feel like we are helping Hayden live on and to us, there is nothing more important.

 

Ady Dorsett - Chief Executive Officer

Ady serves as a liaison between the foundation and the heart community and is especially passionate about providing support to the heart angel community- specifically through her ‘Healing of the Heart’ retreat for mothers who have experienced a loss due to a CHD.  Ady has her hand in all aspects of the foundation from planning and hosting events, mailing out apparel, supporting and communicating with fellow heart moms and heart organizations, and much more. Please contact Ady at ady.dorsett@haydensheart.org.

Rob Dorsett - Chief Financial Officer

Rob handles all financial aspects as well as all the behind the scenes legalities that come with running a non profit 501c3 foundation. He is the head of the annual 5k run/walk committee and helps plan the NJ Golf Outing and the Heart of Gold Gala. For information on the 5K, or other information on our foundation, please contact rob.dorsett@haydensheart.org

 

 
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Stacey Williams - Marketing

I am honored and humbled to serve on the board for Hayden's House of Healing. In the summer of 2016, I attended the Healing of the Heart retreat and it was such a life-changing experience to connect with other heart angel moms. I knew after that weekend that I wanted to do whatever I could to help others who are grieving to have this same experience - to understand that they are not alone in their grief.

I live in the Philadelphia area with my husband, Mike, and our son, Ethan. Our daughter, Ella, passed away in 2015 at 2 months old while awaiting a heart transplant. Ella taught me more in her short life than I ever could have dreamed of teaching her and I am thankful that I can carry on her memory through helping others. I have worked in communications and marketing for more than ten years and I am excited to bring that experience to the role of Communications Coordinator for Hayden's House of Healing. I truly believe this house will change lives - we welcome your support as we work to spread awareness, raise funding, and turn this vision into a reality.

stacey.williams@haydensheart.org

 

 

 
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Jessica Hoffman - Head Grant Writer

I am so honored to be part of this project and hope to do all I can do make Ady's vision a reality. I currently am the Regional Director of Family Support Services for NORWESCAP, overseeing four NJ Department of Children & Families funded programs. I have been working with children and families for 15 years now in direct service, program implementation, grant writing, and program oversight. I am married to my soulmate, Jonathan, and have two amazing kids who fill my days with laughter and love- Alexandria, age 12 and Ryder, age 5. Ryder is our Heart Warrior, diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. Always a Heart Mom, I spend any spare time advocating for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness and raising money for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Cardiac Unit and organizations affiliated with the hospital. I hope I can bring my professional experience and my passion for the heart community to this project. jessica.hoffman@haydensheart.org

 

 

 
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Robert Smith - Treasurer

I am Hayden’s grandfather.  I live in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with my wife, Pam where we raised our two daughters, Tatum and Ady.  We have been blessed with eight grandchildren, seven boys and a princess. I am honored and humbled to serve as Treasurer for Hayden’s House of Healing in memory of our precious, perfect little angel, Hayden.  He was with us for such a short period of time, but impacted our lives forever.  He was so fragile, but such a mighty warrior, and with all he had to endure, he loved life.  His bright eyes and infectious smile warmed the hearts and has inspired so many to do so much good for others.  Please join us in our journey in making this beautiful vision a reality.  For information please contact me at:  bob.smith@haydensheart.org

 


 
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Mandy Boungnasiri - Research coordinator

In October of 2015 I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the first ‘Healing of the Heart Retreat’ for mamas of heart angels, hosted by Hayden’s Heart. Through that life changing experience, I walked away knowing that my heart was leading me to find a way help other grieving families, and in 2016 I became part of the core planning team for future Healing of the Heart retreats.

My family and I live in Northern California where my days are filled with homeschooling our four living children - Hayden, Ellie, Jordyn & Avery. Our heart angel Evan, passed away in 2012 at the age of two years old. I am honored to be given the opportunity to fulfill the role of research coordinator for Hayden’s House of Healing and to play a small part in the healing process of the families who will be blessed to spend time in Hayden’s House. mandy.boungnasiri@haydensheart.org

 


compassionate colleagues


 
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Lydia Laba - Compassionate Colleague

I am very honored and proud to be a part of the board for Hayden’s House of Healing. I first became familiar with Hayden’s Heart, after attending the Healing of the Heart retreat in the summer of 2016. My angel, Madeline, had passed away, at the age of 15 months, on February 6, 2016, due to dilated cardiomyopathy. She brought a tremendous amount of love and laughter to our home, and I had no idea how to navigate life without her. This retreat changed my life, as I now knew that I was not alone. I truly believe that Hayden’s House of Healing is so greatly needed, and I love everything that it represents. I was moved to tears when I first heard about the house in the fall at the Gala. There is no doubt in my mind that this project will reach out to so many grieving families who are in need of love and support. It is all I have ever wanted to do, since losing my daughter—help other families like ours.

I currently reside in Northern New Jersey with my husband, Erik, and our son, Michael. We are expecting our rainbow baby in the spring. I spend my days working as a high school history teacher and caring for my family. I am excited to be a part of this project, raising funds for this amazing retreat house, as well as honoring Hayden and my daughter Madeline. Please reach out to me if you have any ideas for fundraisers; I would greatly welcome your input or assistance. lydia.laba@haydensheart.org

 

 
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Jill Schmidt - Compassionate Colleague

I consider it both an honor and a privilege to be part of the board for Hayden's House of Healing. My son, Joey, passed away April 28, 2013. Shortly after is when I first became aware of Hayden's Heart when my family received a bereavement package from the organization. In October 2015 I attended the first Healing of the Heart Retreat. To say it was life changing is an understatement. For the first time since Joey's passing I allowed myself to feel his spirit. I instantly felt a bond and kinship to 24 strangers that I now call sisters. When I first heard of Hayden's House of Healing, I knew it could be such a stepping stone to healing for grieving individuals and families. I just knew I had to be a part of it and couldn't pass up the opportunity to help this wonderful project.

I currently reside in North New Jersey with my husband, Joseph, my daughter, Kylie, and my rainbow, Zachary. I have many fundraising ideas but I am also open to suggestions. If you or your organization have any fundraising opportunities, please reach out to me at jill.schmidt@haydensheart.org.