Cristina Civetta and Ed Scheetz
Cristina Civetta is a native New Yorker who has had a career in the events and business development capacity for over 15 years. Cristina was born with congenital heart disease and has since undergone seven lifesaving surgeries. After her open-heart surgery in 2013, she became passionate about the cause of heart disease prevention and education. Cristina has been a fierce advocate in spreading the message of testing, checking for heart disease and overall health and wellness. Cristina's parents Nicola and Peggy Civetta have been the biggest advocates in the fight for her to live and helping her understand her condition. Her brothers Michele and Francesco have been constant pillars of support as well as her best friends from Sacred Heart whom she considers sisters.
In her career, Cristina built brand strategy for companies such as Electric Hospitality, i-D magazine, Chelsea Hotel Group, Total-Management, Moet Henessy, and the Global Poverty Project as well as executing events globally. Cristina has a deep understanding of business development and strategic partnerships especially in the charity sector, working for over five years to support the American Heart Association and as a board member of the Wolf Conservation Center. Cristina lives between Manhattan and Pound Ridge, NY with her husband, Ed Scheetz, and their four furry pets and two goats.
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Mount Sinai Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center