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PHA Board of Trustees

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is directed by a dedicated and passionate group of people who have been touched by pulmonary hypertension. Our Board of Trustees consists of patients, family members of PH patients and medical professionals specializing in the disease.

Officers

Steve White Stephen L. White, PhD, Chair
Retired Episcopal Priest
Williamstown, Mass.
Board term ending:  January 2017 (third term)
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Vallerie McLaughlin Vallerie McLaughlin, MD, Immediate Past-Chair
Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program at University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Board term ending: January 2018 (third term)
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Roger Towle Roger Towle, Chair-Elect
Vice President for Financial Affairs, Grove City College

Grove City, Penn.
Board term ending: January 2016 (fourth term)
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Sally Maddox Sally Maddox, Secretary
Math teacher
Rome, Ga.
Board term ending: January 2016 (fifth term)
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Tony Lahnston Tony Lahnston, Treasurer
Director of Operations, Tropical Nut and Fruit
Windermere, Fl.
Board term ending: January 2018 (third term)
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Members At-Large

Erika Berman-Rosenzweig, MD Erika Berman-Rosenzweig, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
New York, N.Y.
Board term ending: January 2017 (frist term)
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Colleen Brunetti Colleen Brunetti
Generation Hope Young Adult Advisory Board
New Hartford, Conn.
Board term ending: January 2017 (second term)
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Richard Channick, MD Richard Channick, MD
Director of the Pulmonary and Thromboendarterectomy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Winchester, Mass.
Board term ending: June 2016 (SLC Representative)
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Colleen Connor Colleen Connor
PH Patient
West Chester, PA
Board Term Ending: July 2016
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Laura D'Anna Laura D’Anna, DrPH, MPA, Immediate Past-Chair
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, California State University Long Beach Center for Health Disparities Research
Long Beach, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2018 (fourth term)
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Ramona Doyle, MD Ramona Doyle, MD, MSc
Vice President of Therapeutics - California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Board Term Ending: July 2016
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C. Greg Elliott C. Greg Elliott, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine at Intermountain Medical Center
Murray, Utah
Board term ending: January 2016 (third term)
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Karen Fagan, MD Karen Fagan, MD
Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of South Alabama
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Mobile, Ala.
Board term ending: January 2018 (second term)
Learn more about Karen
  Stacey Gausling, OT/L
Occupational Therapist & Rehab Marketing Specialist
Portland, Oregon
Board Term Ending: July 2016
Learn more about Stacey
Jessie Kohler Jessie Kohler, Esq
Attorney
Santa Monica, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2017 (first term)
Learn more about Jessie
Mitchell Koppelman Mitchell Koppelman
Retired VP Strategic Planning Minerals Technologies Inc.
Principle Consultant Mineral Solutions & Strategy
North Plainfield, NJ
Board term ending: JUne 2018
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Mike McGoon Michael McGoon, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.
Board term ending: January 2018 (fourth term)
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Rita Orth Rita Orth, RN
Support group leader
Danville, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2018 (third term)
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Diane Ramirez Diane Ramirez
Advocacy Chair, Piedmont North Carolina Support Group
Lexington, N.C.
Board term ending: January 2017 (second term)
Learn more about Diane
Traci Stewart, RN Traci Stewart, RN
PH Nurse Coordinator - Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Board Term Ending: July 2016
Learn more about Traci
Jack Stibbs Jack Stibbs
Attorney
Spring, Texas
Board term ending: January 2017
Learn more about Jack
Doug Taylor Doug Taylor
Support Group Leader, PH Patient / Patient Advocate, and Retired Architect
Lexington, South Carolina
Board term ending: June, 2018
Learn more about Doug
Melisa Wilson

Melisa Wilson, ARNP
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordinator, Orlando Regional Medical Center
PHPN Representative
Orlando, Fl.
Board term ending: June 2016
Learn more about Melisa

Members Emeritus

Dorothy Olson Dorothy Olson
PHA co-founder (1999)
deceased (2013)
Sebring, Fl.
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No Photo Available Harry Olson
deceased (2012)
Sebring, Fl.
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Jerry Paton Jerry Paton
Owner, Dairy Queen (retired)
Estero, Fl.
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Pat Paton Pat Paton, RN
Nurse (retired)
PHA co-founder
Estero, Fl.
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Ed Simpson Ed Simpson
Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Northern Illinois University
Holiday Island, Ark.
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Judith Simpson Judith Simpson, RN, EdS
Pediatric nursing instructor (retired)
PHA co-founder
Holiday Island, Ark.
Learn more about Judy

Ex-Officio

Rino Aldrighetti Rino Aldrighetti
President & CEO, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Silver Spring, Md.
Learn more about Rino

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