We want to take this opportunity to showcase key people who have been essential in the development of Harboring Hearts. Without the help of our amazing board members, volunteers and interns, we would not be where we are today.
Forward by Yuki Kotani
I met Kristen through Michelle at the beginning stages of Harboring Hearts. She immediately extended her support to our cause and has continued to support us to this day. She recently hosted a Brooks Brothers shopping event at a Long Island, NY mall where a percentage of the purchased goods were donated to Harboring Hearts. Kristen’s giving nature is always on full display as she finds creative ways to help Harboring Hearts fulfill the mission of helping heart patients and their families.
Please read about our amazing volunteer, Kristen Lohser. We thank you for believing in our organization and our mission.
Name – Kristen Lohser
Current Occupation – Physician Assistant at North Shore Long Island Jewish
How and why did you get involved with Harboring Hearts? – The co-founder, Michelle Javian has been my best friend since college. One day Michelle and I met for lunch and she told me about the idea and I knew with her heart and work ethic it would be successful. Knowing her desire for the charity to thrive was so motivating to me.
How do you balance your career and giving back so successfully? – It can be busy but with a career in healthcare helping the charity seems like an extension of my everyday and is very fulfilling.
Who or what have been your greatest inspirations in your life, your career, and your volunteer experience? – I believe having multiple spine surgeries has been very influential. It has shaped me into a kind and compassionate health care provider. The struggles have taught me not to take anything too serious in life and to help those that are struggling with even bigger healthcare issues.
What are your favorite memories about Harboring Hearts? – My favorite memory was one of the golf outings. It was such a beautiful day and at the event everyone has so happy and having so much fun! It was an opportunity to be with both my family and friends to help spread awareness of such an important mission.
- Favorite City? Washington dc
- Favorite Food? Pizza
- Favorite Activity? Baking
- Favorite Music? Coldplay
- Favorite Museum? Smithsonian, The American History Museum
- Favorite Travel Destination? Zermatt, Switzerland
- Favorite Movie? Love Actually