The Board 

About Us

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.Type your paragraph here.

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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 favorite 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.Type your paragraph here.

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 sees 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.

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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.

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Elena Mierau 

Elena joined Beats and Rhythms in 2018. After attending camp, she was hooked. It was life changing to see children that would not otherwise be able to attend camp, have the time of their lives, making friends and just being a kid. Elena works at Spokane Regional Health District promoting physical activity. 

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. 

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.Type your paragraph here.

Amy Isakson

Amy Isakson is currently a Family Resource Coordinator working with Youthful Horizons Therapy. She spent 17 years prior as an educator with Early Head Start. Beats and Rhythms has been close to Amy’s heart because her daughter was born with Coarctation of the Aorta. Amy loves to see how Beats and Rhythms has supported her daughter and the rest of the family through attending camp and other events. Amy loves to help plan parties and fundraisers in order to see all children with CHD learn confidence and have fun being a kid.  

Beats and Rhythms Inc. is a support network for children and families affected by Congenital Heart Disease. Through summer camp and organized support groups, children and families can build meaningful relationships.  Our goal is to create a strong community of people that will connect and share their vision of growing up with similar experiences. We want to make a difference in the world of Congenital Heart Disease, with awareness, support, and a positive attitude. 

Our Vision

Connect families through support networks with the intention to create a positive community.
Promote a culture where children with Congenital Heart Disease are able to achieve physiologic and social wellness. Our focus is on what they can do instead of what they cannot.
Create awareness of Congenital Heart Disease in the Inland Northwest. ​ 

What We Value

We want to have a far-reaching and positive impact on the population of families that are affected by Congenital Heart Disease in the Inland Northwest.