SHD is pleased to announce that Pamela Kurtzman will be the next District CEO. Many of you are already familiar with Ms. Kurtzman’s work in her current capacity as Director of Grants and Programs. The Board was impressed with Ms. Kurtzman’s outstanding record in programming, her leadership experience, and her commitment to the mission and vision of the District.
Ms. Kurtzman joined Sequoia Healthcare District in August, 2006 to launch the HeartSafe Program, a public access defibrillator program that aims to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest through the strategic placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and training community members in CPR.
In January, 2010, with HeartSafe fully integrated into the community, Ms. Kurtzman was appointed to oversee District-supported programs that serve the community’s youth. She designed executed the District’s Healthy Schools Initiative in August 2011, to help schools implement high quality, coordinated wellness programs.
Prior to joining SHD, Pamela worked at the Stanford Center for Disease Prevention serving in two capacities; first in heart disease research and, subsequently, as an Exercise Physiologist for the Living Strong, Living Well Program, an exercise program for cancer survivors. Ms. Kurtzman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and pre-med from Arizona State University in 1995, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2000.
An important aspect of her life is family. She resides in San Carlos with her husband, a molecular biologist and biochemist working in therapeutic drug discovery, her 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter. Pamela enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid cyclist.