Beats and Rhythms

Elke Mandrell

Elke has been involved with Beats and Rhythms, Inc since 2007 when she was recruited as an Activity Coordinator for the 2nd camp.  After that first experience she had such fun and saw what a positive experience it was for the campers that she knew she was hooked.  Every year at camp she see kids make friends and gain confidence by challenging themselves both mentally and physically. Elke is so proud of each and every one of them.  It is a lot of hard work but it is, more than anything, a labor of love. 

History of Beats and Rhythms:

Beats and Rhythms was established and incorporated as a 501c3
non-profit organization in 2002.  This was accomplished under the
direction of the mother of a child with congenital heart disease,
Brenda Corsaro.  She began the organization with an emphasis on
support and education for teens and their families.  
In 2008, another mom of a child with CHD spear headed the
organization and implemented the first camp designed for children
with CHD in the area.  Special thanks to Michelle Jones for this
“ground breaking” work.  Now Beats and Rhythms Cardiac Camp is an annual event.

Since its inception, Beats and Rhythms has been a totally volunteer
organization.  All donations and proceeds from fundraising are used
to directly serve our patients and families. 

Beth Dullanty Connors

Beth has been involved with Beats and Rhythms since its inception in 2002. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked in Pediatrics caring for children and families for her entire career.  Since 2002, she has had the privilege and honor of serving as the inpatient cardiac coordinator at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. She loves caring for children and families and hopes to make a difference in their hospital experience.  She loves to see many children grow up and reach adulthood despite their condition.

​The Board 

About Us

Nancy James

Nancy has had the privilege to work at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital for over 22 years. During that time, she has often witnessed children, born with a congenital heart defect fight for their life. Their courage and resilience is inspiring. When the opportunity to serve on the board arose, she immediately jumped at the chance. In addition to serving as Beats and Rhythm’s secretary, she attends camp each summer, providing age appropriate nutrition education, thematic cookbooks and assisting with activities. 

Pamela Burg

Pamela is a practicing Pediatric Cardiologist in Spokane since 2000.  Her emphasis is on echo and noninvasive imaging. With her extensive background knowledge in Pediatric Cardiology, she realized that taking good care of children affected by CHD did not just involve surgical planning and administering medications.  It also involved looking out for the overall well being of children.  She believes that Beats and Rhythms camp is a place where all are encouraged to do what they can where they can meet other kids who have had similar experiences.