Board of Directors

The Iowa Heart Foundation has a highly active Board of Directors made up of professionals throughout Central Iowa who are dedicated to serving Iowans. The board members give their time, expertise and resources willingly to advance Iowa Heart Foundation’s mission throughout the state.

  • Mark Berry

    Mark Berry, D.O.

    Dr. Berry, a native of Alabama, practices at the Iowa Heart Center's clinic at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge. Dr. Berry holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and a medical degree and master’s degree in health care administration from Des Moines University. He completed an internal medicine internship, residency, and a cardiology fellowship at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan. Dr. Berry is certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.

  • Jose Borromeo

    Jose Borromeo, M.D.

    Dr. Borromeo joined the Iowa Heart Center’s vascular surgery program in August of 2007. He previously practiced at Guam Memorial Hospital in Guam. Dr. Borromeo holds a medical degree from the University of the Philippines and completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Borromeo is certified in vascular surgery. He currently offers outpatient appointments at Iowa Heart Center's West Des Moines clinic and performs surgery primarily at Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines.

  • T.M. Brown

    T.M. Brown, M.D.Chairman

    Dr. Brown has worked at the Iowa Heart Center since 1976, following completion of a cardiology fellowship at the Emory University Medical School in Atlanta. Prior to that, he earned undergraduate and medical degrees at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He completed an internship and residency at the Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, and spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before undertaking his cardiology fellowship. Dr. Brown, a native of West Virginia, is board certified in cardiology, echocardiography and geriatric medicine. Dr. Brown currently practices at Iowa Heart Center's office at the Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines campus.

  • David Gordon

    David Gordon, M.D.

    Dr. Gordon is a retired cardiologist and founder of the Iowa Heart Center. Dr. Gordon founded the Iowa Heart Center in 1970 and practiced in the Des Moines metro until retirement in 2012. Dr. Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, went to medical school at New York University School of Medicine, completed an internship in Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, did his residency at Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and completed his fellowship at Cornell Medical Center in New York.

  • Fran Johnson

    Fran Johnson, M.D.

    Dr. Johnson has been a clinical cardiologist for the Iowa Heart Center’s Advanced Heart Failure program since the summer of 2015. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital and her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. Dr. Johnson is board certified in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. A well-published clinician, researcher and educator, Dr. Johnson is a member of the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Heart Failure and Transplant Medicine Councils, and the American Society of Transplantation.

  • Kim Oswald

    Kim Oswald, Ed.D, MSN, RN

    Ms. Oswald has held her position as the associate professor, nursing, at Mercy College of Health Sciences since 2010. At Mercy, Ms. Oswald teaches classes such as BSN Professional Role II, Principles of Teaching/Learning, Theories of Leadership and Management, Neuroscience Trends and more. Kim holds an Ed.D in adult education/leadership from Drake University as well as an MSN and BSN from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Oswald’s areas of expertise lie in adult education, nursing education and clinical nursing. She holds professional memberships in the National League for Nurses and the Pathways Research Committee, on which Ms. Oswald is a chair.

  • John D. Shors

    John D. ShorsVice- Chairman

    Mr. Shors is the most senior shareholder and a name partner of the Davis Brown Law 
Firm. He has a general practice in, but not limited to, business organizations and transactions, tax and mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He frequently counsels individual executives and boards of directors in a range of matters. Mr. Shors is admitted to practice by the Iowa Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Over his career he has represented clients such as Iowa State University, Mercy Medical Center and MidAmerican Energy Companies.

  • Mark Tannenbaum

    Mark Tannenbaum, M.D.Secretary/Treasurer

    Dr. Tannenbaum is an interventional cardiologist for the Iowa Heart Center, and he is the only Iowa Heart Center physician with a degree in political theory. He selected his major at Cornell University in New York because of his strong interest in the American political system and how our government works. His interest in medicine, however, was even stronger, and he went from Cornell to the University of Vermont, where he received a medical degree. Dr. Tannenbaum completed his residency at the State University of New York in Brooklyn, and a cardiology fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He performed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Westchester County Medical Center in suburban New York City before joining Iowa Heart Center in 1989. Dr. Tannenbaum is board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology, and currently practices at Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines.

  • Julie Younger

    Julie Younger, CPA, MBA

    Ms. Younger is the chief administrative officer of the Iowa Heart Center, where she has worked for over 25 years. She served as chief financial officer for 17 years before moving into the lead administrative role nine years ago. Prior to joining Iowa Heart Center, Ms. Younger worked in public accounting at three different hospitals in Iowa and Arizona. Six years ago, Iowa Heart Center moved into an integrated model of health care with Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines, where she serves as a vice president over the cardiovascular service line. Ms. Younger earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from the University of South Dakota, a Masters of Business Administration from Iowa State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Medical Practice Executive.

  • Jerilee M. Mace

    Jerilee M. MaceExecutive Director

    Ms. Mace joins the team at the Iowa Heart Foundation after serving for 18 years as the Executive Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera and six years as CEO of Smart Management Consulting. She brings her strategic planning, finance, marketing and fund raising skills to this position. Past successes have garnered her numerous accolades including the "Business Leadership Award" from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and a "Woman of Influence" award from the Des Moines Business Record. She is a graduate of Simpson College with a B.A. in Speech Communication Management.

  • Judith A. Conlin

    Judith A. Conlin, M.A., D.A.Director of Development

    Judy Conlin brings years of experience as an executive director and development director for non-profits, most recently as the Executive Director for the Iowa International Center. Conlin began her career in academia, where she taught at Iowa State University in the Department of English. Her Master's and Doctorate degrees are from Drake University. She was nominated by Governor Ray for induction into the "Iowa Women's Hall of Fame". Other awards include "Woman of Achievement" from the YWCA and "Woman of Influence" from the Business Record. She joins the Iowa Heart Foundation as Director of Development.