Beats and Rhythms

Amy Isakson






About Us

Elena Mierau






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.


Sarah Stack

As a Pediatric Cardiologist, Sarah has the privilege of caring for many very special patients and their families. Helping patients realize that congenital heart disease is part of their lives, and not their whole life, is one of her favorites parts of her job. B&R camp, activities, parties, and groups help kids and adults living with congenital heart disease connect in a way that is validating and uplifting. Sarah is a new member to the board and a camp medical staff volunteer since 2017. She is honored to serve on a board that supports these positive and affirming connections.

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. 


Katrina Schneider

Katrina has been involved in congenital cardiology for many years, first as an echocardiographer, and now as a PA-C with the PATCH (Providence Adult and Teen Congenital Heart) program. She enjoys working with the adult population and helping to build community through patient gatherings and other events so that no one feels alone in this process.







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 Brenda Corsaro, mother of a child with congenital heart disease.  She began the organization with an emphasis on support and education for teens and their families.  In 2008, another mother of a child with CHD, Michelle Jones, spear headed the organization and implemented the first camp designed for children with CHD in the area. Now Beats and Rhythms Cardiac Camp is an annual event.

Since its inception, Beats and Rhythms has been an organization completely led by volunteers.  All donations and proceeds from fundraising are used
to directly serve our patients and families. 

Heather and Josh Pare






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 

Nettie Jenson