Discover This Support Group Leader’s Passion for Helping Others

2020-07-16T16:24:31-04:00March 5th, 2020|

Tara Suplicki decided to start volunteering when she learned she had pulmonary hypertension (PH). Today, she leads the Morristown, New Jersey, Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) support group with Patrick Mellin. Tara describes how she got involved: “I was in the hospital with a stroke and this illness. My mother said, ‘You can either go

Volunteer Spotlight: New South Dakota Support Group Launches

2020-02-06T17:03:11-05:00February 6th, 2020|

When Jeri Nudell was at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions in Orlando in 2018, she met an inspiring fellow attendee. In their long conversation, Charlotte Gilbert told Jeri that she was no longer blogging because her PH had progressed too much. Jeri shared that she had never been

Volunteer Spotlight: Giving Hope to Others

2021-12-14T12:27:13-05:00October 10th, 2019|

Bill Kolm, Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) support group leader of the Omaha Area Support Group in Nebraska, has been leading the group for nearly two-and-a-half years. “I have seen so many new patient attendees leave the meetings with a smile and telling me they will return for the next meeting because they want to

Training Energizes East Coast Support Group Leaders

2021-12-14T11:08:21-05:00July 11th, 2019|

A regional support group leader training held in Silver Spring, Maryland, last month reminded Laura Camponeschi why she volunteers as a support group leader. “This was really helpful, inspiring and refreshing,” Laura said. PHA support groups are coordinated by leaders committed to planning and running meetings for individuals with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and their

On Grief and Giving Back

2021-12-14T10:23:32-05:00June 26th, 2019|

This article originally appeared in the June issue of Pathlight. Jackie Woosley is a Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) support group leader who also facilitates the monthly PHA Bereavement Telephone Support Group. She was the caregiver for her adult daughter Karen, who passed away in 2016, and has taken on multiple volunteer roles with PHA to carry

Volunteer Spotlight: Iowa Support Group Learns About Palliative Care

2021-12-14T10:23:33-05:00June 26th, 2019|

Karen Fragale and Traci Stewart, Pulmonary Hypertension Association support group leaders of the Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Iowa Support Group, hosted a meeting on palliative care on June 8. At the meeting, Jen Krier, a palliative care nurse from Mercy Clinic in Iowa, offered insights to the group about palliative care, including how palliative care

New Members Join 2018-20 Support Group Leader Advisory Board

2020-12-21T14:29:05-05:00January 3rd, 2019|

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is pleased to announce the members of PHA's Support Group Leader Advisory Board for the 2018-2020 term: Lindsay Collins – new member Debra Hines – new member Mike Robinson – new member Evette Britton Nicole Creech Chooda Khanal Pat Ofori Tina Stiyer Doug Taylor The board, made up of