Board of Directors



Mike Papale, President

Mike is currently serving as the President of In A Heartbeat.  In addition he is a motivational speaker and passionate about sharing his story and using it to help others. Mike is a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. In 2006, Mike went into sudden cardiac arrest and was very fortunate to survive. Mike has served as  [Read More...]



Joan Papale, Vice President/Secretary

Joan Papale currently serves as the K-5 Department Head for Special Education in Wallingford, CT. Joan began her quest to save lives in 2006 when her son, Mike suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Joan has served as a volunteer and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. In 2007 Joan spoke to the Wallingford Board of  [Read More...]



Alyssa Budkofsky, Treasurer

Alyssa Budkofsky worked with In A Heartbeat President Mike Papale through her former job as the Assistant Athletic Director for Men’s Basketball Academic Support at Quinnipiac University. Alyssa currently holds the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Business at Quinnipiac.  Alyssa has a Masters in Higher Education Administration as well as a master’s degree in  [Read More...]



John Papale

John Papale is currently a Cyber Security Advisor for Carbon Black, Inc.  He is coming off a decorated career as the captain of the men’s basketball team at his alma mater Boston University. John has spent his last two summers interning for Engel & Schultz, LLP. John has volunteered and participated in numerous Heart Walks  [Read More...]



Matt Gade

Born and raised in Wallingford, CT, Matt Gade graduated from the University of Connecticut with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management. At UConn, Matt worked for six years under Hall of Fame Coach Geno Auriemma and his historic women’s basketball program. Destined for a career in athletics, Matt decided to change his life  [Read More...]



Brandon Gade

University of Saint Joseph Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli has announced the hiring of Brandon Gade as the sixth head women’s basketball coach in University history for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Gade has seven years of coaching experience, including five at the collegiate level, and takes over the reins at USJ after spending last season as  [Read More...]



Bob Huebner

Bob Huebner is a volunteer firefighter and EMT and the program manager for Bio-Medical Device Company.



Tracey Gilhuly

Tracey is a nurse practitioner in the field of women’s health. She received her BSN from Northeastern University and her MSN from New York University. She currently practices with Drs. Fine and Gillette in Hamden, CT. Being in the healthcare field, Tracey has always been CPR certified—it was a requirement for her career. This all  [Read More...]



Mike Papale Jr.

Mike Papale is currently employed by Metro North Railroad as a conductor. Prior to Metro North, Mike was employed in the insurance industry for over 20 years. He also spent three years teaching Middle School at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School in New Britain, CT. In addition, he has been heavily involved in the  [Read More...]



Conor Meehan

Conor J. Meehan is a Portfolio Analyst at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in the Los Angeles office. In this role, he provides asset allocation recommendations for client portfolio rebalancing and executes trades to implement those strategies. He is also responsible for preparing customized client reviews which analyze current asset allocation, performance and potential future investments.  [Read More...]



Chris Gatcomb

As a Coast Guardsman, Chris has served both coasts of the country as well as taking his service overseas to the  Middle East in the Arabian Gulf. Working for the Coast Guard has brought Chris’ two passions together; his love for mechanics and serving his country. However in January 2017, Chris suffered a sudden cardiac  [Read More...]



Kevin Dingus

Kevin is a graduate from Central Connecticut State University. Upon graduation he took his management degree and passion for sports and became the Connecticut area developer for the Florida based i9 Sports franchise. i9 Sports is the nations number one provider of youth sports programs for children ages 3 and up. As the first franchise  [Read More...]

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