We Are Stronger Together
In June of 2018 a new friendship was forged when Donna Detwiler reached out to Bjørn-Arild Woll (BA for short) with regard to his nonprofit association A Heart Of Gold.
BA and and his fiance Anette Testman live in Norway and Donna is originally from the UK but has lived in the USA since 1997.
Their personal experiences with loved ones being tragically effected by heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest led to a common bond and a deep passion to alleviate the suffering and help prevent people dying prematurely.
BA was 22 years old when he lost his father to a heart attack; his father was only 50 years old. BA also lost his grandfather to a sudden cardiac arrest, his grandfather was only 53 years old. "Losing your father and caregiver at a young age has a profound impact on you" states BA.
It was this experience, and reaching the same age as his Father and Grandfather which motivated him to make a difference. His fiancé Anette Testman also lost her grandfather when she was only 10 years old, also sudden cardiac arrest.
This shared experience led them to launch the Heart Of Gold Association on April 1, 2018 in Norway.
Donna Detwiler has experienced first hand the affects of cardio vascular disease and what it means to receive the news that a loved one has been rushed to the hospital, due to a sudden and unexpected heart attack.
Donna received that call in September of 2017 when her Mum, who lives in the UK, was rushed to the hospital due to a sudden heart attack. Fortunately she made it to the hospital in time, where she received three lifesaving stents. Donna's Mum was fortunate when she survived the initial attack. Both her Mum, and Donna, are eternally grateful to have been given more time, to share in the many experiences that otherwise they would have lost.
Donna has witnessed the fear and anxiety that both the person suffering from cardio vascular disease experiences, as well as the impact to their loved ones.
This inspiration, shared experiences, and a passion to make a difference in peoples lives led to the formation of the Spera Foundation USA.
The Foundation has been established to expand this important life saving work, first initiated in Norway, to America.
Meet Our Team
Board of Directors
Bjorn-Arild Woll (BA)
Co-Founder Chairman of the Board
Co-Founder Board President and CEO
Co-Founder Secretary and CTO
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.
Jeffrey Illeck, M.D.
Board Director and Medical Director
May L. Harris, Esq., M.A.
Outside Legal Council, For Purpose Law Group
Master CPR/AED/First AID InstructorOwner at Your OSHA Trainer
Sarah Davidson, Esq.
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