Harbin, Love, Russells get highest Heart Association honor


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Central Kentucky chapter of the American Heart Association recently presented Karen Harbin, Kathy Love, and Carol and Jack Russell with the Franklin Moosnick Service Award — the local chapter’s highest volunteer honor.

Karen Harbin, president and CEO at Commonwealth Credit Union, chaired the Association’s ’20 and ’21 Central Kentucky Virtual Heart Walks. Karen and the Commonwealth Credit Union team have made an immense impact on the American Heart Association through Commonwealth’s Healthy for Good sponsorship and leading the way as a top Heart Walk company and team raising over $70,000 in the last two years alone.

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“In the past two years, my family, friends and professional colleagues have been impacted by heart disease and stroke. Until the world is free of heart disease and stroke, I will support the American Heart Association’s work to build healthier families and communities,” Karen Harbin, 2021 Central Kentucky Heart Walk Chair.

Kathy Love, vice president and chief strategy officer at CHI Saint Joseph Health, chaired the 2021 Central Kentucky Go Red for Women campaign. Through her leadership and the support of her company, Saint Joseph Health, who supported the event at the cause level, the Association was able to make an impact and educate women in and around Central Kentucky through Kathy’s efforts.

“I support Go Red to encourage all my fellow working mothers who balance multiple priorities and schedules to put themselves first. Mothers must prioritize their own health in order to take care of others. One mother lost to cardiovascular disease is too many,” Kathy Love, 2021 Central Kentucky Go Red for Women Chair.

Jack and Carol Russell chaired the 2021 Central Kentucky Heart Ball, with Jack’s firm, Russell Capital Management, sponsoring the event at leadership level. Carol has been a long-time supporter of the American Heart Association, sharing her family’s history of heart disease in the past. Jack and Carol were also instrumental in creating the Carol Barr Fund to raise funds for research and STEM education.

“A year ago this June, we lost our precious baby grandson, Woodson, to complications of a congenital heart defect. I also lost my dad and my sister to stroke. They are why we Go Red and support the American Heart Association,” Carol Russell, 2021 Central Kentucky Heart Ball Co-Chair.

“Karen, Kathy, Jack and Carol are very worthy recipients of this recognition as they each stepped up as volunteers during a challenging year. Together, they helped our Central Kentucky events achieve their overall market revenue goals for the fiscal year,” Mike Turner, senior social events director at the Central Kentucky American Heart Association.

The Franklin Moosnick Service Award was established in 1990 as a tribute to Dr. Franklin Moosnick, a former member of the American Heart Association’s National Board of Directors, and former president and long-time board member for the American Heart Association in Kentucky.