Feb 17, 2017 -
Kathy Underwood, President and CEO of Ledyard National Bank, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Crystal Heart Award at the American Heart Association’s 4th annual Upper Valley Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 10th, 2017.
The Crystal Heart Award is presented annually by American Heart Association affiliates across the country to a local resident who is an advocate, volunteer and role model for improving the health of the community and who works to further the AHA’s mission “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”
Kathy Underwood served on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Maine before moving to the Upper Valley and was awarded the AHA’s Leadership Award in 1997. Currently, Ms. Underwood serves on the AHA’s New Hampshire Board as well as the affiliate Board serving the northeast region. Having been a passionate advocate for heart health for many years, Underwood recognized the opportunity to bring the Go Red for Women movement to the area, taking the initiative to contact the national organization and spearhead the first event as the Chairwoman in 2014. Beyond her work with the AHA, Ms. Underwood leads the wellness initiative at Ledyard National Bank which was awarded the AHA’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement in 2015 and challenges other local organizations to join them in their Ledyard Live Well Walking Challenge each fall.