Heart Association Announces New Heart Ball Director

The Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association has hired Jeri Ward as Heart Ball Director for the Miami Valley Division.

Mrs. Ward is an experienced community outreach professional, advocate, social worker, crisis counselor and trainer. She holds an M.A. in counseling and an M.B.A. in non-profit project management. She serves as vice president of financial development for the Junior League of Dayton and earned the title of Mrs. Ohio in 2018. Most recently, she worked for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board developing trainings and working with professionals in the community to educate businesses about better overall wellness. She is also a survivor, having suffered a massive stroke at the age of 30, just one year ago.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeri to our tremendous team in Dayton,” said Kelli Dixon, executive director of the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association. “Jeri’s passion for the cause began when she was recovering from her stroke and began volunteering for the AHA here in Dayton. Her devotion to health and wellbeing and to our mission is exemplary and we look forward to watching her make the Heart Ball event her own.”

In her new role, Mrs. Ward will oversee the Dayton Heart Ball, one of the premier black-tie events in Dayton. Held in March each year, the event attracts nearly 400 people and raises $500,000 in support of the mission of the American Heart Association


About the American Heart Association

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