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Meet PHA’s Team

PHA’s staff is a dedicated group of individuals ready to help you find answers to your questions. Look below for departments, job descriptions and contact information. You can also talk to a patient on our toll-free Patient-to-Patient Support Line at 1-800-748-7274.

Phone: 301-565-3004 — Staff extensions are listed below.

Executive Team

Brad A. Wong

Brad A. Wong, President & CEO x741

Brad joined PHA in June of 2016 as the organization’s second President and CEO in its 25-year history. Prior to assuming this leadership role, he served as Executive Director of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His accomplishments included creating innovative programs, raising the foundation’s visibility, establishing strategic partnerships and increasing and diversifying funding. Brad also brings broad knowledge of academic medicine and biomedical research environments, having served as Assistant Vice President of the University of California, San Francisco Foundation. In addition to leading a dedicated and talented staff, Brad works closely with public stakeholders and the PH community and leadership—including the PHA Board of Trustees, Scientific Leadership Council and Corporate Committee—to further PHA’s mission.

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams, Vice President, Communications & Marketing x750

Kelly D. Williams leads the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Communications and Marketing team. Kelly’s background includes serving as chief communications officer for a national youth-serving nonprofit, a full-service marketing, communications and advertising agency, and a publicly traded defense and government services contractor. Her clients have included major consumer brands, c-suite executives, hospitals and physicians. A former TV health reporter, Kelly believes an organization’s greatest assets are the stories of the people it serves. A mentor at heart, she has authored two parenting books for single mothers and has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Florida.

Mary B. Kozik

Mary B. Kozik, CFRE, Vice President, Development x767

Mary oversees the fundraising efforts for PHA. Originally from Newport, RI, Mary joined PHA in April of 2016, having spent over 20 years leading fundraising departments for hospitals and other health care and social service organizations. Mary is also a John C. Maxwell certified executive coach, which contributes to her ability to be the kind of leader that builds effective teams to produce significant results. She believes in personal growth only to intentionally add value to others and lives every day with purpose and meaning. Mary is a runner, loves her family and friends, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Please join her in supporting this extraordinary rare disease of pulmonary hypertension. Visit www.PHAssociation.org/donate

Chris Forberg

Chris Forberg, Vice President, Finance x751

Chris is responsible for the oversight of the Finance, Human Resources, Database, and Administration teams. Working closely with the President, he produces monthly financials, forecasting, and cash management reports. Chris also leads the annual budget and audit processes. As part of the management team, he is charged with organizing and developing office, staff, and system policies and procedures.

Lauren Lefkowitz

Lauren M. Lefkowitz, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Vice President, Human Resources & Training x802

Lauren Lefkowitz leads the human resources department and manages recruiting, employee relations, training, benefits and compensation. She also oversees the information technology and office management functions for PHA. Lauren’s prior experience includes human resources management in the financial services and retail industries, as well as pro-bono work and board service with a variety of non-profit organizations.

Advocacy & Treatment Access

Katherine Kroner

Katherine Kroner, Senior Director, Advocacy & Treatment Access x749

As PHA's Senior Director of Advocacy and Treatment Access, Katie helps represent the PH community in conversations with the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies and works closely with PHA's Washington Representative and Grassroots Campaigns Manager advance legislation important to the PH community. She also supports PHA's Treatment Access Associate in working to ensure that individuals living with PH have access to the specific PH therapies prescribed by their physician.

Communications & Marketing

Jordan Jennings

Jordan Jennings, Associate Director, Communications x768

Jordan manages PHA's web properties and online communications and serves as the editor of PHANews.  She also manages public relations and stakeholder communications to increase awareness of the issues that affect people with pulmonary hypertension. Through strategic partnerships and projects, she leads online communications efforts in support of PHA's mission and reach.

Dora Nagy

Dora A. Nagy, Senior Manager, Publications x754

As a member of the Communications and Marketing team, Dora oversees the publications functions at PHA, including the management and editorial direction of PHA's flagship and award-winning quarterly magazine, Pathlight.  She holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland-College Park and an M.S. in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics. At PHA, Dora plans to help people with pulmonary hypertension and their loved ones share their unique stories; facilitate the creation of meaningful content; and create compelling messages that encourages more people to volunteer, advocate and donate on behalf of the entire PH community.

Allycia White

Allycia Dickens, Design & Publications Manager x812

Allycia develops design concepts and creates visual marketing materials for PHA publications. Whether for print or online purposes, her work is used to aesthetically promote the organization's programs and events.

Kathryn Frix

Kathryn Frix, Web Services Manager

Kathy works to maintain PHA's website and other e-channels and assists staff and the community at-large with online technical issues.

Tommia Hayes

Tommia Hayes, Social Media Manager x759

As part of the communications and marketing team, Tommia works with the national office and chapter staff to connect the PHA community with resources, information and support through social media. She will oversee all PHA's social media channels, assist with the creation of innovative campaigns to help raise awareness for the PH community, the health community and the general public. 

Development

Brian Barker

Brian Barker, Senior Development Officer x742

Brian leads the annual giving team, including, the annual fund, grassroots and membership efforts for PHA. As a development professional, Brian has served on the board for AFP Maryland. Previously, Brian served in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer. After returning, he worked at Prudential Financial where he discovered development while working with nonprofit clients. Since moving to Maryland, Brian has served his local community fundraising for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Habitat for Humanity, and Georgetown University.

Denise Borsuk

Denise Borsuk, Development Associate x756

Denise assists with the management and coordination of tasks to support fundraising activities. She provides administrative support to the Development team, including managing gift acknowledgments and contributing to membership processes. With a background in education-based nonprofits, she is excited for the opportunities at PHA and for the chance to work with such an incredible community.

Drew Case 

Drew Case, Development Coordinator x762

As the Development Coordinator, Drew connects individuals, foundations and corporations with philanthropic opportunities that support the vision of a world without PH, empowered by hope. Drew supports PHA's fundraising efforts across a variety of channels, including individual philanthropy, online giving, foundation gifts and donor engagement. His past experience includes community development and outreach, event planning and donor stewardship and cultivation.

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Brittani Harris, Special Events & Membership Coordinator x765

As the Special Events Associate, Brittani provides event organizers with the resources and tools to execute successful fundraisers. She is responsible for and provides ongoing programmatic support for special event organizers as well as campaign organization. She is also assisting with the organization of the 2015 PHPN Symposium’s Networking Walk, which will be taking place in Arlington, VA. She dedicates herself in helping to engage and educate all communities about PHA’s efforts.

 

Nora Ludden

Nora Ludden, Development Officer

Nora oversees the planning, research, and strategy for engaging supporters and ensuring the sustainability of the PH Care Center program.  She conducts research on potential supporters, works with staff and volunteers to develop strategies for engaging constituents, and tracks metrics for all advancement activities.

 

Finance & Administration

Jessica Ritter

Jessica Ritter, Director, IT & Administration x766

Jessica manages all of the information technology needs at PHA. In addition to helping out staff with technology and equipment needs, Jessica is responsible for managing the IT vendor, overseeing the office space, maintenance and purchase of office equipment and administers a variety of internal office procedures.

Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson, Associate Director, Finance x747

Karen is responsible for managing PHA payroll and accounts payable functions and supports the VP of Finance with general accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting processes. Prior to joining PHA, Karen worked for over 20 years for the Montgomery County Government Department of Finance as well as Public Accounting and Professional Services firms. Karen is a CPA, licensed in the State of Maryland.

Randall McLeod

Randall McLeod, Associate Director, Database & Training x748

Randall oversees PHA’s donor database, The Raiser’s Edge. Randall serves PHA by ensuring all data is entered in a timely and accurate manner, and maintaining accurate records for all constituents. Randall assists the staff with any issues related to the database, and trains staff on how to use the database to serve their needs most effectively.

Efren Cazares

Efren Cazares, Finance and Data Entry Associate x757

Efren helps manage and maintain PHA's database, with primary responsibilities including constituent data processing, updating, and reporting. He assists staff with general database needs and inquiries. He provides support to gather and interpret financial data in order to assist in financial decisions. Additionally, Efren is tasked with ensuring compliance with State fiscal permits and regulations.

Dorothy Bradley

Dorothy Bradley, Office Assistant x752

Dorothy jumps in to help with many mailings and other tasks. Dorothy is one of PHA's very first employees, and she has seen PHA through many of its changes.

Medical Services

Michael Patrick Gray

Michael Gray, Senior Director, Medical Services x770

Michael oversees the department's involvement with PHA's professional medical membership groups, PH Professional Network (PHPN) and PH Clinicians & Researchers (PHCR), helping to facilitate networking and other activities within these groups and promoting membership. Additionally, he works closely with the Scientific Leadership Council, which provides leadership and guidance for the mission of PHA and leads the development of the wide array of all PHA's medical programming.

Rebecca Aune

Rebecca Aune, Associate Director, Medical Services x780

Rebecca helps direct activities and productivity of the Medical Services department, ensures ongoing programming and program evaluation, and provides training and supervision to associate staff members. Additionally, she works closely with PHA's medical committees, administers grant funds and manages PHA's Research Program. Rebecca's prior experience includes directing, rebuilding and revamping programs and service delivery models for sustainability and scalability to serve both urban and rural markets, as well as evaluating programs and reporting results.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong, Senior Manager, Early Diagnosis Campaign x803

Jessica manages the Early Diagnosis Campaign, PHA’s effort to reduce the average time between PH symptom onset and accurate diagnosis by right heart catheterization. She coordinates the campaign’s three subcommittees, while also working to develop partnerships with other stakeholders. Jessica is the primary point of contact for both patients and medical professionals who would like to be a part of the campaign.

Lori Oppenheimer

Lori Oppenheimer, Medical Services Program Manager x761

Lori is responsible for promoting membership in the PH Professional Network (PHPN) and helping to develop the group’s knowledge and resources to benefit the entire PH community. She provides support to each of PHPN’s five leadership committees as they work to meet their goals. Lori also assists in organizing PHA’s biennial PH Professional Network Symposium, the largest educational event in the field for PH allied health professionals.

Zan Laughlin

Zan Laughlin, Medical Outreach Program Associate x776

As Medical Outreach Program Associate, Zan supports and promotes PH Clinicians and Researchers (PHCR) medical membership network. She advances PHCR by helping develop the network's various resources including the Building Medical Education in PH partnership program, PH Roundup Newsletter and PHCR email groups. She also supports the Scientific Leadership Council (SLC) and its five committees and assists them in reaching their goals. In addition, she coordinates with the Editorial Board for the publication of Advances in PH and manages PHA's Research Program.

Lori Lopez

Lori Lopez, Patient Education Program Associate x744

As the Patient Education Program Associate, Lori supports and promotes patient education materials and programs on behalf of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. She is the program lead for annual patient and education forums for PHA's on the Road events, and manages patient education content on PHA Classroom, an online educational portal geared towards creating easy and accessible learning for our PH community. In previous work, she has had experience in patient education and community development, working with DC's impoverished communities. Lori is a firm believer in the phrase, "knowledge is power," and that patient education is the cornerstone to enhancing quality of life and establishing a community of support.

Keyana Simmons

Keyana Simmons, Program Associate for Online Education x771

Keyana organizes and manages our Online University program, which offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to medical professionals across all fields. She supports the Medical Education team by assisting with the accreditation and marketing of our CME webinars. She also acts as a liaison between PHA and medical professionals seeking CME credits. Keyana's prior experience includes executive administrative work with several nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C.

Meetings & Conference Planning

Chanel Ricks

Chanel Ricks. Senior Manager, Meeting and Conference Planning x779

Chanel is the Senior Manager of Meeting and Conference Planning department, with primary responsibilities including site selection and contract negotiation for all meetings and conferences, and managing 2 meeting planning associates. The Meeting and Conference Planning team manages all logistics for PHA's major education events, Committee and Board of Trustee meetings. Chanel has over 12 years of experience planning meetings and conferences throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada, ranging from 50 to 1500 attendees.

Ogechi Anyanwu

Ogechi Anyanwu, Meeting Planning Associate x764

Ogechi Anyanwu is a meeting planning associate at PHA. In that role, she has logistical responsibilities for PHA's bienniall International Conference, PHA On the Road events, PHA's biennial PHPN Symposium and smaller meetings including food and beverage, audiovisual, meeting room set up and hotel staff management.

Pat Reilly

Pat Reilly, Meeting Planning Associate x811

Pat Reilly is a meeting planning associate at PHA. In that role, he has logistical responsibilities for PHA's biennial International Conference, PHA On the Road events, PHA's biennial PHPN Symposium and smaller meetings. He also manages the mobile app for PHA Conference and Symposium.

Patient & Caregiver Services

Keiron Mohamed

Keiron Mohamed, Program Manager, Patient & Caregiver Services x800

Keiron is responsible for developing programs and resources for patients as well as connecting them to existing resources, such as the Envelope of Hope. Currently, he manages PHA's social media platform, myPHA, and is working to connect every patient and caregiver virtually, giving them access to 24/7 support and resources they need in one user-friendly location. To ensure that our community voices are heard and concerns addressed, he coordinates nine special population advisory boards consisting of patients, parents and caregivers. Keiron also assists in organizing the Patient and Family led Sessions for PHA's biennial PHA's International Conference, the largest PH meeting in the world.

Abby Sickles

Abby Sickles, Program Associate, Patient & Caregiver Services x777

Abby is responsible for connecting patients and caregivers to educational and psychosocial resources. She manages PHA's private online community, myPHA, and is working to give every patient and caregiver a platform to connect and share experiences. Abby also manages the PHriends peer support program, which includes the 24/7 Patient-to-Patient Support Line, Email Mentors, and Online Chat Rooms. To ensure that our community voices are heard and concerns addressed, she coordinates seven special population advisory boards consisting of patients, parents and caregivers.

PH Care Centers

Olivia Onyeador

Olivia Onyeador, PHCC Program Manager x778

Olivia is responsible for guiding and managing the implementation for the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers' (PHCC) process of accreditation. She maintains the modes of communication for each PHCC committee and PHCC taskforce as well as facilitates further discussion between these members. Olivia also provides support to the content management, resource development and organization of the PHCC website.

Volunteer Services

Debbie Drell

Debbie Drell, Senior Director, Volunteer Services x755

Debbie started at PHA in 2004 working directly with Support Line Volunteers, Support Group Leaders and Special Event planners. Today, she directly oversees Volunteer Services and Patient & Caregiver Services – two departments that provide direct support and education to the entire PH community. She is charged with the sustenance and expansion of the grassroots and volunteer spirit within PHA and working to provide support for special populations in the PH community specifically focuses on working with support group leaders and volunteers. She also serves as a member and Chair Elect of the Public Advisory Roundtable of the American Thoracic Society, a 110 year old international society with more than 15,000 researchers and clinicians in the fields of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.

Michael Knaapen

Michael Knaapen, National Support Group Senior Associate x758

Michael works to enable support groups — the backbone of the PH community — to come together, survive and thrive! He trains and supports leaders, provides resources such as meeting guides and sponsorship tools, and helps groups facing issues with retention, outreach and leadership transitions. He endeavors to see a support group at every medical facility treating PH patients, whenever appropriate and possible. Contact Michael if you would like to find or start a support group.

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