Texas Chapter Board Members
Heather Roell Oshman: President
Heather received her BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas in 2000 and married her husband Elliot in 2004. After a stint in Colorado managing apartment communities with Legacy Partners, she moved back to Texas in 2009 where she had the opportunity to stay home with her kids. She has two brilliant children, Mila and Felix. Felix was diagnosed with Truncus Arteriosus at birth. His heart defect drew Heather to this organization so hopefully one day someone will find a cause for his condition and easier treatment options. Heather loves to ski, bake, garden, and spend time with her family. In the winter, you can often find her at Longhorn Basketball games.
Brandi Gandy: Treasurer
Brandi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education. She worked as a middle school teacher prior to having her heart warrior, Madison. Brandi first learned about the heart world when Madison was prenatally diagnosed with HLHS and dextrocarida. Madison was born in May of 2011 and added to her diagnosis pulmonary atresia and stenosis of the LPA. In an effort to give Madison the best possible chance at a long and happy life, Brandi started working to help raise funds for CHF by asking for donations and attending various events. She is very excited to be serving The Children’s Heart Foundation as treasurer and cannot wait to be a part of raising funds for and awareness of congenital heart defects!
Sarah Berg: Past President
Sarah has been part of The Children’s Heart Foundation for more than three years and was the catalyst to developing the Texas Chapter. She is passionate about congenital heart defect research because her youngest son, Trevor, was born with a rare and complex CHD called Truncus Arteriosus along with four other defects. Trevor will have to have life-long open heart surgery to maintain his life and Sarah’s goal is to help fund the promising research that will provide techniques that will enable Trevor a life without surgery. Sarah has been involved in the Congenital Heart Walks in Tampa, FL and Austin, TX. Sarah’s ultimate goal is to make congenital heart defects known and to help all children with the number one birth defect.
Amber Raach: Treasurer
Keridon McMahon: Sponsorship Coordinator
Keridon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition and Dietetics from Abilene Christian University. After working for a big gym in Houston, TX for many years, she started her own company in 2008 offering in home personal training and nutrition counseling. Her passion is to help others become their best and most healthy versions of themselves. In 2016 her 4 year old daughter Teagan was unexpectedly diagnosed with an atrial septal defect and severe mitral regurgitation. Teagan underwent open heart surgery to repair her heart as best as possible. This experience brought Keridon into the world of congenital heart defects which has now become something she is passionate about. Keridon has partnered with The Children’s Heart Foundation to bring more awareness to congenital heart defects and rally people together to raise funds for much needed continual research.
Sara Raymond: Donor Relations
Sara began volunteering with The Children’s Heart Foundation-Texas Chapter in 2014. Prior to becoming a volunteer, she and her family participated in each of the annual Central Texas Congenital Heart Walks. Sara is a mom of three; her oldest child, Kaleigh, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and five other congenital heart defects. Sara is passionate about the importance of research and its role in helping improve the outcomes for those diagnosed with CHD. She is excited and honored to serve on the Board of Directors and looks forward to helping the Chapter with its continued growth.
Lauren Gremillion: Houston Volunteer Coordinator
Lauren received a Bachelors from Texas Woman’s University and has been working in the cardiology field for the past three years. She was first involved with CHF through the 2013 little hearts toy drive. Because of her love for children and cardiology, she has found a home and a passion with the Children’s Heart Foundation.
She looks forward to working with the foundation for years to come and helping to fund and spreading awareness for Congenital heart defects.
Kathryn Osteen, DFW Volunteer Coordinator
Kathryn Osteen, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CNE, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Dr. Osteen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Baylor University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Kathryn has worked in the adult cardiac intensive care unit for over 20 years and is passionate about the congenital heart population. Kathryn was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. Due to the added stress of pregnancy on her body, surgery was needed to replace the aortic valve and to repair both the pulmonary valve and an aortic aneurism. Kathryn is very passionate about education, advocacy, and research for both adults and children with CHD. She is excited and honored for the opportunity to reach others through The Children’s Heart Foundation.
Rocio Rubio: Social Media Coordinator
Rocio Rubio earned her BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Since then, Rocio has assisted numerous non-profits with marketing/communications, event planning, project management, and social media management.
Rocio is thrilled and honored to serve on the Board of Directors. Rocio currently resides in Houston, TX and is excited to begin hosting events in the Houston area and increase the Texas Chapter’s audience reach. Rocio is optimistic about CHD research and looks forward to working with The Children’s Heart Foundation for years to come.
Rita Scoggins: Board Member
Rita has been involved with the CHD community for almost 32 years. When her daughter was born in 1983, there was very little information available to parents of CHDers. Mostly she relied on the doctors and what she could scrounge up at the library for the information she so desperately wanted. When the Internet first started and email and chat groups were forming, she joined with other “heart” parents who were looking for information and support, and this has been her passion ever since those early days.
Jennifer Puffer: Board Member