About Aidan’s Heart Foundation

Aidan’s Heart Foundation was formed shortly after the unexpected death of Aidan Joseph Silva in the fall of 2010 to protect young hearts from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). On October 23, 2013, Aidan’s Heart Foundation became officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

Our FEIN# is 46-1917169.

Our Mission

Aidan’s Heart Foundation is committed to providing awareness, education, and support to the communities of the southeast Pennsylvania region and its surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

We wanted to have donations made to Aidan’s Heart in lieu of flowers when my dad passed. I contacted the Foundation and they had a drop-down option there in a couple of hours and everyone has told me how happy they are to donate and how easy the process was. This is a fantastic organization. I am honored to be able to support them.

Heather O.

Our Board Members

We are indebted to the following current board members for going above and beyond to help our organization grow and sustain its efforts.

Christy Silva

Board President and Aidan’s Mother

A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a Master’s degree in Literacy from West Chester University and is a Reading Specialist at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center in Downingtown. She also founded her own education consulting company and continues to instruct high school students study skills and literacy strategies to improve high school performance, prepare for the SAT and ACT exams, and navigate all components of the college search and application process.

Christy was the Program Director for the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness (1997-1998) and a classroom Program Director for Need in Deed Service Learning Organization (2001-2002). In college, Christy was the Director of several community service initiatives, including the Social Justice club and multiple Habitat for Humanity mission trips.

Christy is the President and Co-Founder of Aidan’s Heart Foundation (AHF). AHF was founded in 2013 upon the unexpected death of her son Aidan J. Silva in 2010 at age 7 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Aidan was given a clean bill of health from his pediatrician a few months earlier. 

Christy was the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honoree in December 2018, Main Line Today Magazine Top 2020 Women on the Move, and the Be Well Philadelphia Magazine 2020 Health Hero. She has been featured on Fox29 News, People.com, Bloomberg Radio and iHeart Radio.

Rita Stern

Rita Stern

Executive Director

A Cum Laude graduate of Tulane University with an undergraduate degree in Economics she holds a MBA from Drexel University.

Rita has 9 years of experience as a Program Director of a non-profit in Philadelphia. She has also worked as a Financial Analyst for a non-profit in Exton for 3 years. Rita worked part-time in Development for People’s Light & Theater for 10 years.

She joined Aidan’s Heart Foundation as the part-time Public Relations Manager in February 2018. She is thrilled to be part of an incredible Foundation and looks forward to seeing the Foundation grow.

Christa Glogowski, DC

Christa Glogowski, DC

Vice President

Dr. Christa is a co-owner of Active Family & Sports Chiropractic in Exton, practicing with a focus in maternity and pediatrics. She has been involved with Aidan’s Heart Foundation since 2013 in a variety of ways including the Heart Heroes CPR+AED Training Program, Heart Screenings, and the annual 5K for Aidan J, which she and her family never miss.

She is passionate about ensuring pediatric cardiac screenings are completed as she has a personal history of cardiac concerns within her family and knows the importance of early detection to save lives.

John Porrecca

Secretary

John is a financial advisor at IM Wealth Partners in Blue Bell, PA helping families and business owners with all of their financial planning needs. He has been involved with Aidan’s Heart Foundation since 2014 as the Board Secretary and has been involved with the Heart Heroes CPR+AED Training Program, Heart Screenings, and the Annual 5K for Aidan J.

Making an impact through serving this foundation is more important to me now than it ever has a father or three young children and a passionate football coach. We have the opportunity to instill in young people/athletes skills that may be necessary to one day potentially save the life of a teammate or peer.

John is a graduate of Widener University with a B.S. in Finance. John resides in Royersford, PA with wife Kelly and their 3 children.

Christian DeChurch, Board Member Aidan's Heart Foundation

Christian DeChurch

Treasurer

Christian serves as the Vice President of Finance at Veterinary Practice Partners and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he oversees the company’s operational accounting team, leads the production of financial reporting, planning and analysis and directs all treasury functions.

Prior to VPP, he was with two start-up trading organizations in the energy and resources industry where he served as the Director of Finance since 2010. Before that, he spent 9+ years with Big 4 accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte in their audit practice and Capital Markets group, respectively.

Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jenna Kulp, Board Member - Aidan's Heart Foundation

Jenna Kulp

Board Member, Process and Standards

Jenna is a Regulatory Affairs and Legal Specialist at Idera Pharmaceuticals in Exton, PA. Prior to Idera, she was a Client Services Marketing Manager for EURO RSCG. Jenna brings her project management and organizational skills to her role within AHF.

She has been part of Aidan’s Heart Foundation (AHF) since its inception in 2011. Jenna is passionate about preventing SCAs as well as teaching others (especially our youth) how to respond in the event of an SCA. She volunteers at heart screenings, CPR+AED trainings, benefits, and has been involved with every annual 5K for Aidan J.

Jenna received her BFA from Arcadia University. She resides in Downingtown, PA, with her husband Steve, their three teenagers, 2 dogs, a cat, a bunny, a flock of chickens, and their horse.

Kelly Hagelauer

Kelly Hagelauer

Board Member, Press

Kelly Hagelauer is a Sr. HR Consultant specializing in Talent Acquisition, HR Management & Training.

She received her BA from La Salle University and presents a strong background in Human Resources Management experience with both Fortune 500 companies such as well as small business environments.

Additionally, she has over a decade of experience working as a volunteer in organizing and educating the community on both Sudden Cardiac Arrest in our youth and environmental awareness.

Her extensive work in mobilizing grassroots organizations helped spearhead the campaign to enact “Aidan’s Law” as well as enables her to effectively manage and execute her role within Aidan’s Heart Foundation.

Chris Griesser

Chris Griesser

Board Member, Medical Guidance

Chris is a graduate of West Chester University’s College of Health Sciences and is currently pursuing a medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A former Firefighter and Paramedic, Chris has extensive experience within the emergency services arena. He has a special interest in prehospital cardiac arrest resuscitation and has been recognized multiple times by the Chester County EMS Council for prehospital saves.

Chris enjoys applying practical knowledge to AHF’s mission of preventing out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest and has been an active participant in our Heart Heroes CPR+AED Training Program in area schools.

Kelly Hagelauer

Jeff Tincher

Board Member, Technology & Website

Jeff is the founder of 610 Digital, LLC, a suburban Philadelphia-based Digital Marketing Agency specializing in Marketing Automation, Pay Per Click Management, SEO, Analytics and WordPress design. Jeff has provided technical support, website design and maintenance to AHF since 2016. He joined the AHF Board in December 2021.

In his “off work hours” Jeff enjoys cooking, tending to his yard, and DIY projects around his house. Jeff resides in Glenmoore with his wife, Cathy, and two teenage children.  and is active in his community as he volunteers his time as a youth soccer coach, assists with the local elementary school’s email list and social media presence, and also has been “Keeping Pennsylvania Beautiful” by taking time each year to organize road cleanup days in Glenmoore, PA.