76th Annual Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show
Friday, February 9, 2024
2024 Event Co-Chairs
Affair of the Heart Co-Chair
Washington, DC native Norah Clair Gourlay has been at a member of the Women’s Board for eight years. A passionate champion for health and wellness, she brings decades of professional experience to her role as co-chair for this year’s event and is personally committed to using her voice as a cardiac professional to help women live long, healthy lives.
Norah’s dedication to women’s health began in high school when her mother, then only 50, had a heart attack (at a Washington-Dallas football game no less!) Although Norah’s brother was able to use CPR to help save her mother, cardiac issues remained a part of her mother’s life for over eighteen years until she passed at age 68 from cardiac disease. Norah credits her mother’s heart attack as her inspiration to study cardiac nursing, leading to a twenty-year nursing career at top-rated cardiac hospitals in the DC area including Inova Fairfax and Medstar Washington Hospital Center where she served as a cardiac OR nurse; surgical coordinator helping educate patients on their cardiac journey; and nurse manager in the cardiac OR. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN), and a licensed Nurse Practitioner.
Previously, Norah has volunteered for the Executive Committee of the non-profit Knock Out Abuse and as a disaster health services provider for the American Red Cross. Today, Norah channels her passion for health and wellness at SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spa in Georgetown where she serves as Clinical Director and Medical Advisory Board member. Her extensive experience in patient care coupled with her clinical expertise and advanced aesthetic training allows her to bring a caring, curated treatment approach to her clients in a healthy, natural way. She is thrilled and honored to serve as co-chair for this important and exciting event.
Affair of the Heart Co-Chair
Kristi Bryan is a former Pediatric Emergency Room nurse. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband Scott and their two children: daughter Greyson (13) and son Collin (11). She attended her first Affair of the Heart Luncheon virtually and was thoroughly impressed with the fashion show and the passion that was shared by the women to increase awareness of cardiovascular health. After learning more about the mission of The Women’s Board of The American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region, she wholeheartedly felt compelled to join. She became a member of the board in 2022 and has been an active participant ever since.
Kristi is honored and excited to be co-chairing An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show with Norah Gourlay.