About Us

Mended little Hearts started in 2004 with only 2 chapters. Currently there are  80+ chapters of Mended little Hearts across the nation including our chapter, Mended little Hearts of Delaware. Together we serve over 10,000 members. Mended little Hearts is a program of Mended Hearts , Inc, the largest cardiovascular peer-to-peer support group in the world.


Our board is made up of local parents with children who were born with CHD and staff who specialize in pediatric cardiology from Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Our Board

Erica Sood, PhD

Cardiac Psychologist

Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Deepika Thacker, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist, 

Medical Director, Inpatient Cardiac Unit
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Amanda Shillingford, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist,

Associate Medical Director of Nemours Perinatal Program

Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Barb Sands, RN CCC

Cardiac Care Coordinator

Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE 

Emily Delaplane, LSW

Cardiac Care Social Worker

Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Jason Hafer

Upstate Co-lead 

Parent of a child with CHD

Jackie Clarkson

Downstate Co-lead

Parent of a child with CHD

Erin Riegel

Outreach Coordinator

Parent of a son with atrial septal defect, aortic valve stenosis, mitral valve stenosis, narrowing of the archway, mildly hypoplastic  left ventricle, pulmonary hypertension

Richard James

Education Coordinator

Parent of a child with CHD

Jason Martin

Treasurer

Parent of a child with CHD

Dani Wagner

Secretary