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.


Colleen BrunettiColleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. Chair
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
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

Murali Chakinala, MD, FCCP

Murali M. Chakinala, M.D., FCCP
Scientific Leadership Council, Chair
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.
Scientific Leadership Council, Chair-Elect
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

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

Michelle Liu, M.D., M.P.H., FAAOA
Parent of Child with PH
Deputy for the Quality Directorate
Walter Reed Military Medical Center

Bethesda, Maryland

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

Ronald J. Oudiz, M.D.
Scientific Leadership Council, Immediate Past 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

Diane Ramirez
PH Patient, PH Advocate, Support Group Leader
Lexington, North Carolina

Traci Stewart, R.N., 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

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

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

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

Joel Wirth, M.D.
Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Maine Health


Matt J. Granato LL.M., MBA
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, M.D.
Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Ed Simpson, D.Ed.
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


Carl Hicks

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