PULSE DC is the young professionals committee of the American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Region. Committee members serve as ambassadors of the AHA, engaging others to live healthier lives. The group promotes heart health through various activities focused on fitness and nutrition.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Stroke is the fifth leading killer of all Americans. With these facts, it is nearly impossible to encounter an individual who has not been affected by these diseases. As a result, PULSE DC committee members are dedicated to spreading awareness about heart disease, stroke and the associated community impact.

Through their social and fundraising events, PULSE DC supports the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association.

For more information about the work of the American Heart Association, visit us at the American Heart Association – DC Site.

2018 Pulse Committee

Amy Adams

Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc.

Andrew Austin


Arezu Hadjialiloo

M Powered Strategies

Benjamin Kane

Glover Park Group
PULSE Committee Mission Chair

Blake Smith

Bachrach Asset Management

Brandon Feldman

PULSE Committee Events Chair

Brian Luzanski


Caitlin Reagan

American Institute of Architects
PULSE Committee Social Media Chair


Channing Muller

DCM Communications LLC

Chris Weiner

Washington Redskins

Dan Canedo

Department of Justice

Devan Strebig

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
PULSE President

Eliza Kanovsky

Real Living At Home

Emily Moritt

Long & Foster

Glenn Stewart

Department of Justice

Helen Peil

Kastle Systems

Jackie McKeone

Markon Solutions

Jacquelin Zimmerman


Jake Bender

First Potomac Realty Trust

Jen Bounan

EIG Global Energy Partners

Jena Belinkie Riley


Jennifer Williamson

Grunley Construction

Jesse Garchik

Garchik Consulting

Joe Komisar


Kathleen Ott

Georgetown University

Katherine Stark

Mercatus Center

Kelly Tyson

Booz Allen Hamilton

Lauren Grunley

Grunley Construction

Lori Frazier


Marylin Beckley

Northern Virginia Family Service

Margret “Greta” Wilhelm

The Christman Company

Marylin Beckley

Northern Virginia Family Service

Max Lubarsky


Max Snider

Capital Bank, N.A.

Megan Clark

Advisory Board Company

Michael Fabrikant

Keller Williams Capital Properties

Micheala Barrett

North Highland

Michelle Gettle

Markon Solutions

Monisha Smith

American Nurses Association

Natalie Jayo

Nathan Rutledge


Neha Aggarwal

RTI International

Samantha Allinson

Justin Bradley
PULSE Vice President

Shannon McFadzean


Sean Scott

Apex Systems Inc.

Stephen Weiss

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Steve Jensen

PNC Bank

Taylor Elkow

Autism Speaks

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Past Events

Heart After Dark party


February 24 | Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Heart After Dark is the annual after party following the DC Heart Ball. This black-tie event featured a cocktail reception followed by a live band, dancing, dessert, and drinks with attendees of the Heart Ball. The evening also included an interactive GIF booth celebrating DC and “the Heart of the Community.”


Zengo Logan Circle

PULSE Co-President Channing Muller hosted a Zengo ride to celebrate 5 healthy years since her second heart attack in 2012. The cycling event raised over $700 for the AHA!.


YMCA Anthony Bowen

Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. PULSE members attended a “Simple Cooking with Heart” class at the YMCA to help start cooking at home. Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle!


Next Phase Fitness

Next Phase hosted PULSE for a heart-healthy, blood-pumping tabata class. Tabata is an exercise format that incorporates high intensity intervals with periods of rest, which has been proven to boost your metabolism and burn calories and fat more efficiently. The class raised almost $100 for the AHA!

Avada Admin


Irish Whiskey Public House

For the July committee meeting, PULSE hosted a “speed networking” happy hour for members both new and old to get to know each other better, share why the AHA is meaningful to them, and strengthen PULSE as a group. Each member spent 3 minute speed rounds chatting, until the whole committee had a chance to connect.


Georgetown Harbour

Lawyers Have Heart is Washington’s largest 10K race. Founded in 1991 as a way for the Washington legal community to unite annually in support of the American Heart Association, our PULSE team raised over $350 for the cause, and celebrated with brunch and a fun post-race party at the Harbour.


RFK Stadium

PULSE cheered on the home team in a 3-0 shut-out vs. the New England Revolution.
Kicking off with a “heart healthy” potluck tailgate outside the stadium, $9 of each ticket sold to the group was donated back to the American Heart Association.



PULSE members and friends unwound with a feel-good vinyasa yoga session that then flowed into a wine tasting of Provision No. 14 wines.This total body “wine-down” experience was co-taught by our friends at Grip The Mat, with the wine tasting provided by our favorite Provision 14 bartender, Pablo.

Boxing Class


Urban Boxing

Urban Boxing’s experienced trainers guided PULSE members through a 60-minute workout focusing on conditioning, strength training, and basic boxing techniques, including high-intensity cardiovascular exercises. Thanks for the fun, high-energy, calorie-shredding workout!

Open Your Heart

Millions of Americans live with heart disease, stroke or a cardiovascular condition.
Your donation supports PULSE in their efforts to save and improve as many lives as possible through research, education, prevention and emergency care.

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To learn more, contact Kristen King, Director of Development at 703-248-1735 or Kristen.king@heart.org