Gita Marin Joyce
Gita attended her first Women’s Board Affair of the Heart Luncheon two years ago. She became an active board member by co-chairing the 2019 VIP Reception Committee, is the 2020 Assistant Recording Secretary and is truly delighted to co-chair this year’s luncheon. She comes from a family of educators and missionaries. During her early childhood, her parents’ careers have taken her from her birthplace of Carbondale, Illinois to India, Kentucky, New York, Panama, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and back to New York. Gita’s graduate studies at Marymount University offered her Legal and Marketing positions with Mobil Oil Corporation and she relocated her family to Fairfax, VA in 1990. She became very involved in her home church Pender UMC and served on their Children’s Board, UMW, Nominations, Choir & Handbells, Youth Group, Hyperthermia Unit, and other special programs. She is the co-chair of the Lady Niners at International Country Club and actively supports various community fundraising efforts in Fairfax County. Gita has held Senior Director positions with the Legal teams at Neustar and LookingGlass Cyber Solutions before “retiring” in 2016.
Her heart story goes back 22 years ago when her father suffered from a severe block and underwent triple bi-pass surgery. Fast forward 5 years and she met her husband James, also with both of his parents who suffered heart disease. They learned quickly that they could do so much to prevent their own heart issues. Along with her husband, she enjoys golfing, biking, dancing, hot yoga, and cooking heart conscience meals together for their family and friends.
Gita also became a certified Zumba Instructor and teaches classes. Her passion is to combine fitness, inner wellness, and support heart research to inspire healthier lifestyles and the JOY of living. Gita’s next big event is planning her daughter, Rachel’s wedding in the Fall of 2020.
Adriana has been a member of the Women’s Heart Association Board for three years and is honored to co-chair the event this year. Adriana is passionate about helping people to know more about their health to improve the quality of their lives. In particular, cardiovascular health is something that has touched her very personally as her brother, father and father-in-law all suffered heart issues which led to open heart surgery or emergency catheter interventions which not only saved their lives but allowed them to lead many happy and healthy years afterwards. She is most grateful to the dedicated professionals that work so hard in this field helping so many to have similar positive experiences.
Adriana was born in Havana Cuba and came to this country via Puerto Rico as a small child. She studied at Boston University and worked in Boston’s Public Schools with children with special needs. Adriana then moved to Caracas, Venezuela where she became a Marketing Executive first with Johnson & Johnson and then with Helena Rubinstein. She has served on the Board of Directors of several other non-profit organizations, including the Kingsbury Day School for Children with Learning Disabilities, the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Adriana and her husband Andres, have lived in Venezuela, Chile, Miami and Washington DC during their 36 years of marriage. They have two sons Alejandro and Ricky who live in Washington DC and the Dominican Republic, respectively. Adriana enjoys running, biking, yoga, the arts, traveling and studying French.