Prior to becoming a board member four years ago, Traci Hoffman enjoyed attending An Affair of the Heart Luncheon as a guest. It was at those luncheons where she became fascinated by the grant recipients’ research, and thus began her personal interest in becoming an active member with the Heart Board. She is passionate about fitness and nutrition; two keystones in a healthy lifestyle and heart.
Traci grew up in Southern California until a move to Northern Virginia in 1989. She has served on many PTA’s, in various positions, throughout her three children’s upbringing. She has chaired for several years the Potomac United Methodist Church Women’s Group Strawberry Festival, which raised funds for both local charities and abroad. Along with her church, she has participated in mission trips for Habitat for Humanity. Her professional career is rooted in accounting, as she has worked for W.A. Lane, Kirkland & Ellis, Dale Denton Real Estate, and P.N. Hoffman where she was the original account for her husband’s development business; keeping records in the basement of their home with toddlers in tow.
Currently, Traci is a student at Montgomery College in Gaithersburg, where she is studying landscape design. This past spring, she received her Certificate in Landscape Technology, as she furthers her education. She has been a member of the Little Farms Garden Club of Potomac for over 16 years, and she helps facilitate community beautification initiatives within the club. She is excited to co-chair this event, as she believes that “our hearts are in good hands” with the grants gifted to each recipient.
Daphne Keshishian, MD
Daphne has enjoyed the Affair of the Heart as a member of the Women’s Board for the past five years and is delighted to co-chair the event this year. As a general internist practicing in Bethesda who focuses on prevention and wellness, she fully embraces the mission of the luncheon to support the advancement of cardiovascular research. Daphne has considered DC home since she graduated medical school at Georgetown and currently acts as an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine as well as serving as an executive member of the Medical Board. Her mission practicing medicine is to help patients optimize wellness through life-style interventions. She has studied at the Goldring Center of Culinary Medicine at Tulane University and helps patient regard “food as medicine.” She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and enjoys helping individuals learn how to prepare food and follow a heart-healthy Mediterranean-based diet. She authors the website “diningwithadoc.com” which highlights evidence-based nutritional research while providing simple-to-prepare, unique recipes. Daphne resides in Potomac, Maryland with her husband, Lee, and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, cooking for family and friends and cheering for her youngest daughter’s lacrosse team.