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Joanna Pucel

Joanna Pucel is an award-winning volunteer for organizations that enhance cardiac care and heart health awareness.

Joanna Pucel’s outreach efforts in the fight against heart disease are tied to her struggle with what is often thought of as “a man’s disease.” Pucel ’74 had triple-bypass surgery at age 37, after five years of undiagnosed symptoms. In 2006, Pucel lobbied Congress to pass the HEART for Women Act, a bill aimed at increasing research funding.

Pucel volunteers for organizations and efforts that target enhanced cardiac care and heart-disease awareness. Her work won her an award from the Minnesota Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She is an associate professor of communication studies at St. Cloud State University.