PHA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PHA is governed by a diverse group of dedicated and passionate volunteers who have all been touched by pulmonary hypertension. Our Board of Trustees is made up of people with PH, family members and medical professionals specializing in the disease who serve without compensation.

Officers

Colleen BrunettiColleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. Chair
Owner, ColleenBrunetti.com
West Hartford, Connecticut

Karen Fagan, M.D.
Immediate Past Chair
Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

Tony Lahnston
Treasurer & Chair-Elect
Bereaved Family Member
Banker and Manufacturing Executive
Windemere, Florida

Nicole M. Creech
Secretary
PH Patient, Support Group Leader and Patient Advocate
Lexington, Kentucky

Members At-Large

Cheri Abbott, RN, CCRP
Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network, Chair-Elect
Research Nurse
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Brighton, Colorado

Frank Cann
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
F.H. CANN & ASSOCIATES
North Andover, Massachusetts

Murali Chakinala, MD, FCCP

Murali M. Chakinala, M.D., FCCP
Scientific Leadership Council, Chair-Elect
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Colleen Connor
PH Patient
West Chester, Pennsylvania

Ramona Doyle, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, UCSF
San Francisco, California

Anna Ryan Hemnes, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

William A. Hoff
Lewisville, Texas

Kimberly Jackson
Registered Nurse Coordinator
Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
University of Kentucky, Lexington

William Jansen
Managing Director
Commonfund
New Canaan, Connecticut

Jessie Kohler, Esq
Attorney
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Santa Monica, California

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

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

Monica Penaranda
Patient, PH Advocate
Hacienda Heights, California

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

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

Parent of Child with PH, PH Advocate
Commercial Construction Manager
Burlington, North Carolina

Melisa Wilson, ARNP
PH Program Coordinator, Florida Hospital Orlando
Orlando, Florida

Ex-Officio

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

Members Emeriti

C. Gregory Elliott, M.D.
Immediate past chair, Department of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center
Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Intermountain Healthcare
Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Murray, Utah

Michael McGoon, MD
Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Jerry Paton
Deceased 2020
Estero, Florida

Pat Paton, RN
Deceased 2020
PHA co-founder
Estero, Florida

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

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

Honorary

Carl Hicks

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