JoAnne Taylor Babbitt has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Babbitt is Vice President and co-founder of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named in memory of her son and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death.
In 2006, John was 16-years-old and a three-season athlete when he collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing basketball with friends. Ms. Babbitt has dedicated her efforts in support of the foundation’s objectives to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in places of public assembly. Her efforts also include proposing legislation and lobbying for laws expanding the use of AEDs in the State of New Jersey and at the national level. Ms. Babbitt and the Foundation were responsible for successfully sponsoring and lobbying for the NJ Good Samaritan bill in 2012 and the CPR/AED training in schools bill in 2014. Her activities also include working with municipalities, schools and other organizations on policies and procedures to support the purchase and maintenance of AEDs and the development of cardiac emergency response plans.
Ms. Babbitt received her BA in Business Administration/Accounting from Rutgers College – Rutgers University and her MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University. Prior to starting the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, she was a Managing Director in the Private Bank and Global Securities Divisions at JP Morgan - Chase Manhattan Bank for 21 years.
Ms. Babbitt lives in Chatham, NJ, with her husband David and their son Andrew.
"We are honored that JoAnne Taylor Babbitt is joining our team," said Mary Newman, MS, President. "We value her perspective as someone who lost a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest, her efforts to save other lives in his memory, and her keen business acumen."