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Board of Directors


Donna Detwiler

Co-Founder - Chairman of the Board and CEO

Donna Detwiler is the Founder and Co-Founder of several successful for-profit businesses both in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. Donna served as CEO and successfully led those companies through varying stages of inception, growth, profitability and sale. 
In addition, Donna’s philanthropic work includes fundraising for non-profits in her early twenties and assisting non-profits through her own company’s giving back program. 
In 2017, Donna's mother was rushed to hospital suffering from a near fatal heart attack. Donna witnessed the fear and anxiety that the person suffering from cardio vascular disease experiences. Her first-hand experience with cardio vascular disease and its effect on loved ones inspired Donna to help save more lives.  
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Rick Detwiler

Co-Founder Secretary and CTO

Rick Detwiler is currently a Senior Director at Oracle Corporation. He manages a large core technology solutions portfolio for manufacturing industries across North America.
His commitment to supporting the organization's mission comes from his own family’s prolific affliction of heart disease resulting in cardiac arrest. He tragically lost his mother to cardiac arrest in 2011, and witnessed the effect of heart disease through the loss of his  grandparents, aunts and uncles and helping his father through quadruple bypass surgery.  

Gayle Chait

Board Director and Treasurer

Gayle Chait has an extensive background in business finance, having worked for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She had previously held the position of Treasurer at the non-profit Project SEEK, for four years.

In the for-profit sector she held the position of Bookkeeper for 10 years at the California based company, Dog Is Good.

Gayle's commitment to the Organization and passion for saving more lives from sudden cardiac arrest is rooted in a number of her family members practicing in the medical profession.

Jeff Illeck

Jeffrey Illeck, M.D.

Board Director and Medical Director

Dr. Illeck, M.D. received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1988. He then moved to California to complete his residency in OB/GYN at Cedars Sinai Center in Los Angeles. In 1993, after a year of private practice in LA, Dr. Illeck moved his practice to Huntington Beach, and now currently practices at the Hoag Hospital. 
He also affiliated with Hoag Hospitals in Orange County and Newport Beach. 
Dr. Illeck is passionate about providing comprehensive healthcare and strives to make a lasting impression in his patients' lives, from their teenage years well into their later years. 
His knowledge and understanding of Heart Disease and its status as a leading cause of death for women, drives him to assist the Organization. 
Dr. Illeck provides direction for preventative education and assists the Organization in the management and execution of its community cardiac arrest response program. 

Alan E. Organ, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Director and Medical Director

Dr. Organ received his Bachelor’s Degree (Chemistry) in 1969 from UCLA. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Biology (Physiology and Cell Biology) in 1972 and his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1976. After completing his internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics in Kansas City, Dr. Organ practiced Pediatrics in the Kansas City Metropolitan area in private practice and also served as the Co-Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the University of Kansas.

Alan has over four decades of experience working in the public sector as an academic/private practice Pediatrician, Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor of Pediatrics and as an adjunct university professor. 

In addition, he worked as a Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau in both the Kansas City and Denver Regions in the 2010 and 2020 Censuses, concentrating on building partnerships with state and local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, foundations, media outlets, businesses and grass-root entities. His special interests in the 2020 Census were making sure the hard-to-count areas of children less then 5 years of age and seniors were accurately counted.

Dr. Organ is passionate about preventing sudden cardiac death as he lost both his father (1963) and first wife (1999) to sudden cardiac death. Had the technology to treat this been available, the outcome would have been different.

He also is an avid writer and teacher, lecturing and writing about nutrition and health in his spare time.

Outside Consultants


May L. Harris, Esq., M.A.

Outside Legal Council, For Purpose Law Group

May L. Harris is For Purpose Law Group’s founder and managing attorney. She has over twenty years of executive, development, and leadership experience within the nonprofit sector and within socially innovative businesses.



Roger Hillard

Master CPR/AED/First AID Instructor

Owner at Your OSHA Trainer


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Sarah Davidson, Esq.

Grant Writer and Community Out Reach Director

This is for you. For your family. For your neighbors. Faster Response Times for Cardiac Emergencies.

Having a defibrillator nearby could save the life of someone you know. Empower your community today.

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