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.


Tony Lahnston
Bereaved Family Member
Banker and Manufacturing Executive
Windemere, Florida

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

Colleen BrunettiColleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.
Immediate Past Chair
West Hartford, Connecticut

Traci StewartTraci Stewart, R.N., MSN, CHFN
PH Nurse Coordinator, Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa

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

Members At-Large

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
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Kimberly Jackson
PH Professional Network Chair
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.
Principal Consultant, Mineral Solutions & Strategy
North Plainfield, New Jersey

Monica Penaranda
Patient, PH Advocate
Hacienda Heights, California

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

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

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

Delphine Yung, M.D.
Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers Board of Trustees Chair
Associate Professor, Seattle Children’s Hospital


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)