Regional Representatives


Name Contact Region Area Codes
Cathy Swisher Northwest 419, 567
Shauna Miller Southeast 614, 740
Amy Marke Northeast 216, 330, 440
To Be Announced Southwest 513, 937

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Megan Beatty, MS, ACSM-CEP



Megan Beatty is the Director of HeartWork’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, located in beautiful southeastern Athens, Ohio. This program is located at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital and operates in conjunction with Ohio University. Her current role includes managing the day-to-day activities of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program along with planning and providing therapeutic exercise for patients.

Katy Maag, BSN, RN, CCRP

President Elect


Katy Maag has worked Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab for over 18 years. Currently Registered Nurse at Mercy Health Lima, Ohio. Currently a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional(CCRP). She finds daily contact with the patients energizing and inspiring. Health care is at an exciting time , striving to provide the best education and health tools to maintain or improve their health. Passionate about empowering patients to make positive changes.

Heather Shuster, MS

Past President

(740) 454-4086

Heather Shuster is the manager of Population Health & Wellness at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville, Ohio. She is experienced in developing programming for early admission into cardiac rehabilitation such as “See you in 7” for AMI/Stent patients and “See you in 14” for CABG patients. Additionally, she was instrumental in the development of maintenance, preventative and chronic disease exercise programs to create an affordable option for the patient and an additional revenue source. She has presented successful programming at National and State level conferences to help other organizations identify opportunities for improvement and implement best practices to create an environment of success.

Mike Bichsel, MA



Team lead Cardiac Rehabilitation OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. Background is in Exercise Physiology. I have worked in cardiac rehab for the past 20 years in Long Island, Cleveland and Mansfield. Thrilled to be a part of a fantastic OACVPR board and has served as NE regional rep, President and Treasurer in the past. Greatest accomplishment is being a father of three.​

Amy Marke, RN, BSN

Northeast Representative

Amy Marke is a cardiac and pulmonary rehab nurse at Southwest General Health Center located in Middleburg Hts, Ohio. She has worked in cardiac rehab for the past 20 years performing a variety of jobs. Southwest General has recently combined their cardiac and pulmonary rehabs together. She is currently working with other staff to incorporate a smooth transition with the pulmonary patients. In 2010, Amy started the Heart Failure support group at her hospital. She manages, teaches, and exercises heart failure patients that come weekly to rehab. This is Amy’s first time serving the NE OACVPR representative position.

Shauna Miller, MA

Southeast Representative


Shauna Miller has been a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for OhioHealth for twenty three years. She is currently the Team Leader of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab at the McConnell Heart Health Center and their four satellite programs in Central Ohio. Shauna has presented oral and poster presentations at Annual AACVPR Conferences. Shauna is currently involved in the OhioHealth initiative to improve cardiac rehabilitation utilization throughout the system and works with her peers within the system to improve cardiac rehabilitation services. Shauna is new to the OACVPR Board as the Southeast Ohio Regional Representative. She is excited to branch out from OhioHealth to share her knowledge and experience while working with providers from programs around the state of Ohio.

Cathy Swisher

Northwest Representative

Cathy started her career in respiratory care in 1985 at Blanchard Valley Hospital (Findlay), starting their Pulmonary Rehab. Program in 1995, moving to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital to start their Pulmonary Rehab. Program in 2005, and then to Wood County Hospital (Bowling Green) in 2015 where she is currently the coordinator of Pulmonary Rehab. During this time she has started the Better Breathers support group, and has continued to be an ACLS, BLS, and PALS instructor, and has attained the University of Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS-M) at the Master’s level. And, her two adult kids keep her hopping!

Southwest Representative To Be Announced

Yvette Gerdes MS, RCEP, CCRP


Yvette is a Sr. Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is program director for the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program. She holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Profession through American Association Cardiovascular Pulmonary rehabilitation. She has been at Cincinnati Children’s since 2002 spending all her time in the Heart Institute, first in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Lab conducting cardiopulmonary exercise tests. Then in 2013, specialized full time in cardiac rehab, focusing on pediatric, adolescent, and adult congenital heart defects.

Ashlee Clark, RCP, RRT, CTTS

Pulmonary Representative


Ashlee is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville, Ohio. She has been the program coordinator for the pulmonary rehabilitation program since 2010, and is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She has served on the OACVPR Board as Pulmonary Representative since 2014. Ashlee worked with other members of her organization in developing a COPD program, which facilitates ways to reduce COPD re-admissions, and continues to work with the pulmonary team to ensure better patient outcomes. Ashlee works with government agencies performing exams for coal miners in the Black Lung Clinic. Ashlee is passionate about the pulmonary field and providing patients an uplifting and positive environment.

Kent Eichenauer, PsyD

Communications Representative

(937) 652-1474

Kent is a psychologist who is in private practice and has been consulting with Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab programs since 1992. He works with patients and staff at Mt. Carmel Health System in Columbus, Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, and Springfield Regional Medical Center. In addition to serving as the Communications Representative on the OACVPR board, he also serves in AACVPR as the chair of the Psychosocial and Nutrition Experts Group, and on the Professional Certification Commission and the Quality of Care Committee.

Emily Ianni

Student Representative

(216) 571-0310

Emily Ianni is a graduate student in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Master's program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Outside of class, Emily is completing practicum hours at HeartWork’s, which is the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital. Working alongside the staff at HeartWorks, her current duties include measuring patients’ vitals at rest and during exercise, assisting patients as needed, and aiding in ECG prep and monitoring. She is also a graduate assistant, teaching CPR and first aid courses.