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 Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.
West Hartford, CT

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Roger Towle
Immediate Past Chair
Retired in 2016 as Vice President for Financial Affairs
Grove City, PA

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William A. Hoff
Lewisville, TX

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

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Members At-Large

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

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Erika Berman Rosenzweig, M.D.
Scientific Leadership Council, Immediate Past-Chair
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center and CTEPH Program
Professor of Pediatrics (in Medicine)
Columbia University Irving Medical Center – New York Presbyterian
New York, NY

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

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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, MO

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Colleen Connor
PH Patient
West Chester, PA

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

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

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Jessie Kohler, Esq
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
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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Tony Lahnston
Bereaved Family Member
Banker and Manufacturing Executive

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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, CA

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Monica Penaranda
Patient, PH Advocate
Hacienda Heights, CA

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Fran Rogers, MSN, CRNP
Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network, Chair
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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Matt Wall
Parent of Child with PH, PH Advocate
Commercial Construction Manager

Burlington, N.C.

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

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

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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, UT

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

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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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