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.


Roger Towle


Retired as Vice President for Financial Affairs at Grove City College.

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Karen Fagan, MD


Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of South Alabama
Mobile, Ala.

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Tony Lahnston


Director of Operations, Tropical Nut and Fruit
Windermere, Fl.

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Stephen L. White

Immediate Past Chair

Retired Episcopal Priest
Williamstown, Mass.

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Sally Maddox


Math teacher
Rome, Ga.

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Members At-Large

Erika Berman Rosenzweig, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Chair
New York, N.Y.

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Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.
New Hartford, Conn.

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Frank Cann
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
North Andover, Mass.

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Colleen Connor
PH Patient
West Chester, PA

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Laura D’Anna, DrPH, MPA
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, California State University Long Beach Center for Health Disparities Research
Long Beach, Calif.

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Ramona Doyle, MD, MSc
Vice President of Therapeutics – California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

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Stacey Gausling, OT/L
Occupational Therapist & Rehab Marketing Specialist
Portland, Oregon

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Amy Kimber, RN, APNP
PH Program Coordinator for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
PHPN Representative (Chair)

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Jessie Kohler, Esq
Santa Monica, Calif.

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Mitchell Koppelman
Retired VP Strategic Planning Minerals Technologies Inc.
Principle Consultant Mineral Solutions & Strategy
North Plainfield, NJ

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Michael McGoon, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

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Vallerie McLaughlin, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program at University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Rita Orth, RN
Support group leader
Danville, Calif.

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Ronald J. Oudiz, MD
Scientific Leadership Council Chair-Elect
Professor of Medicine
Director, Liu Center for Pulmonary Hypertension
LA Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, CA

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Diane Ramirez
Advocacy Chair, Piedmont North Carolina Support Group
Lexington, N.C.

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Fran Rogers, MSN, CRNP
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
PH Professional Network Liaison

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Traci Stewart, RN, MSN, CHFN
PH Nurse Coordinator – Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

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Doug Taylor
Support Group Leader, PH Patient / Patient Advocate, and Retired Architect
Lexington, South Carolina

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Melisa Wilson, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Florida Hospital Medical Group
Orlando, Fla.

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Brad A. Wong
President & CEO, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Silver Spring, Md.

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Members Emeritus

Dorothy Olson
PHA co-founder (1999)
deceased (2013)
Sebring, Fl.

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Harry Olson
deceased (2012)
Sebring, Fl.

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Jerry Paton
Owner, Dairy Queen (retired)
Estero, Fl.

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Pat Paton, RN
Nurse (retired)
PHA co-founder
Estero, Fl.

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Ed Simpson
Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Northern Illinois University
Holiday Island, Ark.

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Judith Simpson, RN, EdS
Pediatric nursing instructor (retired)
PHA co-founder
Holiday Island, Ark.

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Carl Hicks

Carl Hicks
Former PHA Board Member (2002 – 2012) and Board Chair (2008 – 2010)

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