Executive Director

After the sudden death of her seemingly healthy 10 year old son in 2004 blindsided Martha, she immersed herself in education and training relating to the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth.

For nearly a decade, Martha served as the Chair for the Board of Directors of Parent Heart Watch.  Martha was part of a task force comprised of the American Heart Association and twelve other national health and safety organizations in developing a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) for Schools and was part of the writing group that authored the CERP policy statement.

Martha also serves on the Orange County (Florida) EMS Advisory Council and chairs its CPR/AED Committee.  She also serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Sudden Death in Young Registry and the National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention.
She has been featured in various written publications and television for her contributions to the community and children’s welfare.  Martha has co-authored several research papers on sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young with leading medical experts that have been published in medical journals¹.  She has also been a guest speaker at state, national and international conferences focused on youth health and safety.

Now as Executive Director of Parent Heart Watch, Martha continues to advocate for primary and secondary prevention strategies, namely heart screenings for early detection of conditions that may lead to SCA and the importance of being prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency.  Her next challenge is to see that Parent Heart Watch’s vision to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from SCA in youth by 2030 is achieved.


¹Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools A Policy Statement- NASN School Nurse, August 2016

¹ Etiologies of Sudden Cardiac Death in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes – Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, March 2014

¹ Triggers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children: A Parent Survey – Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2013


Development & Communications Manager

Maureen joined Parent Heart Watch as the Development and Communications Manager in April 2016. She brings extensive leadership, outreach, marketing and development expertise to the position. Prior to PHW, Maureen served as Executive Director of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, a PHW member foundation that offered youth heart screenings. While with EP Save A Life, she orchestrated a major rebranding, outreach and development campaign that nearly quadrupled sustainable income streams through grants, sponsorships and donor giving, doubled screening participation and created widespread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest/death (SCA/D) prevention in youth through strategic partnerships and California legislation.



Rachel Moyer, Past Chair 2005 - 2007

Martha Lopez-Anderson, Past Chair 2007-2017


Conact the Medical Advisory Board at

Chair, Parent Heart Watch Medical Advisory Board Professor of Pediatrics The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Director, Youth Heart Watch

Executive Director, Heart Center
Pediatric Heart Center, Lurie Children's Hospital
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs Pediatrics, Lurie Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine Associate Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship University of Washington Team Physician, Seattle Seahawks & University of Washington Huskies

Professor & Director, Dept of Psychology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Section Head, Sports Medicine Section Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Head Football Physician, University of Washington

Vice-Chief of Practice, Pediatric Cardiology Director, Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Duke Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology and Electrophysiology

Clinical Professor Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Senior Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary Services Advocate Medical Group Clinical Cardiologist with Advocate Heart Institute Founder and Medical Director of Young Hearts for Life™ Cardiac Screening Program


Boston Scientific
Cardiac Science
Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation
One Beat CPR + AED
Sudden Death in the Young Registry
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


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