About Us

Our Mission: To promote vascular health education and awareness in our communities.


Our Story

How We Got Started

Center for Vascular Awareness (CVA) was established in 2004 because vascular disease affects tens of millions of Americans, is under-recognized, has risk factors that influence us in our younger years, and results in crippling conditions later in our lives well beyond when it could be prevented. The faces of vascular are diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, and heart disease. You see these faces every day, far too often amongst your neighbors, friends, and family. So, come join us in shaping vascular health, there is much to be done and we need your help!

Board of Directors

Sharon Cillis, RN

David Ford, MD

Larry Scher, MD

Our Team

President/ CEO:

Manish Mehta, MD, MPH

Program Manager:

Christine Sawh

Associate Program Manager:

Caitlin Reilly



Volunteers are essential to our organization. They share their talent, time, and skills to make our programs successful. To show our appreciation, we have created a bi-weekly volunteer spotlight to feature one of our amazing volunteers.

Meet Megan Keenan, DNP, MSN, RN!

Center for Vascular Awareness would like to thank Megan Keenan, DNP, MSN, RN for her hard work and commitment as a V-Healthy volunteer. Megan works at Albany Medical Center as the Associate Director of Quality Management and teaches nursing as an adjunct faculty for Aspen University.  Additionally, Megan and her family own and operate a hobby farm where they raise horses, goats, chickens, and pigs. They also enjoy growing a huge garden and canning fruits and vegetables.

What inspired you to start a career in medicine?

My admiration for nurses! I started my career in nursing as a secretary for RNs at a local vascular surgery practice. In fact, at one time I was the secretary for some of the current CVA volunteers… Sharon Cillis, Anita Suchdeve, and Debbie Hill!

Why do you think it is important to promote vascular awareness?

Vascular health impacts every part of the body and can be improved through changes in modifiable risk factors and lifestyle choices. We have an excellent opportunity to teach people so that they can improve their vascular health and prevent problems down the road.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering with CVA?

I can’t pick just one because the best part about CVA is our ability to create fun and excitement during every event. Each program is a life changer for at least one person who participates. It’s really amazing!


Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to our organization! Join our team of volunteers who share their talent, time, and skills which make our programs successful.

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