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American Heart Association announces three new members of Syracuse advisory board

By Journal Staff


SYRACUSE — The American Heart Association (AHA) recently announced three new volunteer members of its Syracuse–area advisory board. The new members are:

• Diane Benedetto — A CPA, Benedetto has more than 30 years of accounting and operations experience. She currently serves as manager, customer and community management at National Grid. Benedetto is also a spin instructor at Elevate Fitness in Clay.

• Neil Buch — Buch, a Pharma.D. degree holder, is the area health-care supervisor for western and upstate New York at Walgreens. As part of his role, he serves as a pharmacy expert for more than 90 stores in the area. 

• Dr. Grahame Gould — He is a neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology at Upstate University Hospital, in the Upstate Brain & Spine Center. 

“The American Heart Association has a mission to save lives, but we can’t do that without volunteers,” Franklin Fry, executive director of the AHA in Syracuse, said in a news release. “The Syracuse advisory board is a group of dedicated local leaders that is truly making a difference in the health of our community.” 

The AHA’s Syracuse–area advisory board has 21 members in all, per the release. The board’s chairwoman for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is Angela Franco, CPA and partner at Fust Charles Chambers, LLP. The board president is Dr. Riya Susan Chacko of Crouse Medical Practice Cardiology, which is part of Crouse Health.

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