William C. Dillon MD, FACC, is the founder and President of STHF. He is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He attended Indiana University Medical School and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Following his residency he became the Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota. He then attended Indiana University where he completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology. Since 2000, Dr. Dillon has been a practicing cardiologist in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the last ten years, Dr. Dillon has actively worked with emergency medical services (EMS) in an effort to improve heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest care in Kentucky. “We can do better and we must do better.” says Dr. Dillon. Dr. Dillon has always enjoyed teaching and interacting with pre-medical students. He understands that pre-medical students have limited opportunities to apply their knowledge and passion in a meaningful manner. Dr. Dillon recognized he could fill a void by combining the two issues in a creative and productive fashion. When not working, Dr. Dillon is a cyclist and photographer.
Steve Carr, Vice-President, is the sales District Manager for EMC Corporation – a global leader in Cloud Computing, Big Data/Real-Time Analytics, and Information Security. Steve is responsible for Kentucky and Indiana Enterprise Markets and has over 25 years background in the Information Technology business. He is a native of Louisville, St. Xavier High School Alumni (’84), University of KY Alumni – Business Administration(’88), and will be responsible for our Fund Raising committee.
Bill Precious, Treasurer of STHF, is a native of Louisville and spent over 25 years working for various banks and financial institutions in Louisville concentrating in such areas as trust investment mgt., corporate cash mgt., institutional fixed income sales, mutual fund operations and financial management services. Bill previously served on the board of Stage One and currently serves as President of the board of Lakeside Seahawks swim team. He is also a registered swimming official with KHSAA, USA Swimming and the NCAA.
Sally Dillon, Secretary of STHF, is an active volunteer for JCPS having served as a School Based Decision Making Council representative, Ballard High School tennis booster president, Kammerer tennis team coordinator, Kammerer Middle School PTSA vice president, a writing tutor and organizer of school wide events. Sally graduated from DePauw University, obtained her masters in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University and worked in the insurance industry for 7 years.
Lorrel Brown, MD, FACC, a native Californian, completed her medical training in cardiology at Johns Hopkins where she spent the “best year of her life” as chief resident. She then joined University of Louisville where she practices cardiac critical care and helps to direct the cardiovascular fellowship program. Her true passion is teaching, and her main focus is saving lives after cardiac arrest. In her words, ” It is a great privilege to be with people in their most vulnerable moments.”
Traci Simonsen, LCSW, is the Executive Director of Major Gifts for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Norton Healthcare Foundation. In that role, she leads the Major Giving initiatives, Planned Giving, and Grant Writing team. The foundations support the needs of Kosair Children’s Hospital and the adult-service hospitals of Norton Healthcare.
Mike Olges, is a sudden cardiac arrest survivor thanks to the quick actions of his wife and hands-only CPR. He is an environmental consultant and lifelong Louisville resident who loves spending time with his wife and three young kids. See “Survivor Stories” to read more about his cardiac arrest story.
Stephen Combs, is a management and technology consultant with one of the largest CPA firms in Indianapolis, Katz, Sapper & Miller. His specialty is working with privately-held business owners to arm them with the information to make better decisions. His volunteer efforts include the Washington Township Schools Foundation and Tangram, a not-for-profit focused on creating extraordinary lives for people with disabilities. A fun fact about Steve and his family is that they have visited 28 of the 30 major league ballparks with a goal of reaching all 30 by the end of 2017. As Start the Heart’s newest board member, Steve is excited about leading the efforts to expand STH’s reach into Indianapolis.