Meet the Team

Tara Whitmire, DNP, APRN-NP, CHFN

Tara is a nurse practitioner who works in the area of cardiothoracic surgery. She cares for patients before and after heart and lung surgery. She previously worked in the area of general cardiology and has many years of experience caring for heart failure patients. She is also an educator and is the director of a graduate nursing program at a private health care sciences college in Omaha, Nebraska. Tara has volunteered with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses for many years. She has served as the chair of the Membership and Area Representative Committees. She is currently serving on the Annual Meeting Committee and is the chair of the Together in Heart Failure website committee.

Dana Mitchell, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CHFN

Dana Mitchell has been a nurse since 2001 and a nurse practitioner since 2005, specializing adult acute care with expertise in advanced heart failure and heart transplant. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama, and a master’s and doctorate of nursing practice, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also holds a heart failure nursing certification, and has extensive experience in managing chronically ill patients in both in and out of the hospital. Dana is a member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the current chairperson for the organization’s Patient Education committee. Dana is currently working as an Instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. 

Claire Anderson, APRN, FNP, CHFN 

Claire is a nurse practitioner who works in a community heart failure clinic. Her focus is on minimizing the gaps after discharge and medication management. In addition, she is a Director if Clinical Services and Advanced Practice Providers for Rush Copley Medical Group in Aurora, Illinois. Claire has volunteered with the American Association of Heart Failure Association as the Great Lakes Area Representative for the past four years and looks forward to sharing her heart failure knowledge. She is pursuing her DNP at Rush University in Transformational Leadership and has a special talent for gardening. 

Alex Lynn, RN, BSN, CHFN

Alex is originally from Oklahoma. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2015. He started his nursing career in a general ICU and then moved to cardiovascular ICU. He switched gears and went to work in a rural family medicine clinic. Since moving to Portland, OR he has worked in cardiology and advanced heart failure. Keeping patients out of the hospital using CardioMEMS technology is his passion, and he is always happy to discuss this fascinating and useful tool.

Shannon Donovan, FNP-BC, CHFN

Shannon has been a nurse for over 25 years and a nurse practitioner for 20 years. She has worked with Heart Failure patients for over 15 years. Shannon works at Ascension Saint Thomas Heart as a Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient Comprehensive Heart failure program. She has volunteered for the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses for the last four years on the Membership committee and now with the Together in Heart Failure website committee. In her free time she loves hanging out with her husband and two dogs, Ollie & Milo.