President: Debbie DeGrace
Debbie DeGrace is a Colorado native and graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Fine Art. She currently lives in Aurora with her husband Todd, and children Sydney and Logan. Debbie became involved with The Children’s Heart Foundation when the Colorado Chapter was formed in 2011. Debbie is both a CHD survivor (ASD repair at age 3) and a heart mom to Sydney (Tricuspid Atresia). She continues to stay involved with The CHF in the hope that one day no family has to hear the words – “your child has a heart defect.”
Past President – Joy Gross
Joy Gross lives in Aurora, CO, after going to college at Texas Christian University and getting her masters in accounting. She holds an active CPA license in the state of Colorado, and when she’s not working she is keeping up with both of her heart warriors, Gabby and Greta. Joy’s passion for CHD research is what keeps her active in the Children’s Heart Foundation, as she wants to see continued research and help spread awareness for kids with heart defects.
Vice President: Joy Gross
Treasurer: Eric Cook
Marketing: Kelly Patton
Colorado Board Member: Derek Patton
Colorado Board Member: Kristin Mann
Legal Advisor: Peter Scull
Medical Advisory Board Member: Dr. Joseph Kay
Medical Advisory Board Member: Dr. James Jaggers
Colorado Board Member: Nick Kaplan
Nick was inspired to join the Children’s Heart Foundation after his daughter was born with Tricuspid Atresia and Hypoplastic Right Heart. Although his daughter is doing well, meeting others in the CHD community and learning their stories has driven him to take action. Nick hopes that he can help raise awareness in order to fund much needed research for the prevention and treatment of CHD.
Nick is currently a Senior Director for a nonprofit association that focuses on patient safety in the operating room. He has been with this company for nearly 10 years. Nick is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and has been in the information technology sector for 15 years.
Outside of the office, nice loves exploring the great outdoors with family and friends. Activities such as hiking, camping, and riding ATV’s. Nick enjoys working in his woodshop creating, fixing, and building. Nick is also actively involved in his church and community.
Nick resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife and daughter