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 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.

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

Rino Aldrighetti, President and CEO x741

Rino started with PHA in 1999 as the association’s first part-time staff person, and today, serves as President and CEO. Besides overall management of the association and its 35+ staff members, his responsibilities include planning, program development and fundraising. Rino works closely with PHA's Board of Trustees, its Scientific Leadership Council, Corporate Committee and is involved in many of PHA's planning committees and work groups. Read Rino’s Blog | Read more about Rino

Carl Hicks

Carl Hicks, Executive Vice President x772

Carl Hicks, originally from Mansfield, Ohio assumed his new role leading PHA's Field Operations initiative in September 2012. Tasked to build from the ground up, PHA's first-ever local chapters and have them operational yesterday, he comes uniquely suited for the task. He is a retired U.S. Army Combat Arms Officer, and a former successful EVP, COO, or CEO of companies in the civilian sector ranging from tech startups to nationwide SaaS firms. Previously, Carl served on the PHA Board of Trustees since 2002 and served as the chairman of the board during the period 2008 - 2010. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees, (business) from The Ohio State University.

Serena Weisman

Serena Weisman, Vice President, Finance & Human Resources x751

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

Advocacy & Awareness

Katherine Kroner

Katherine Kroner, Director, Advocacy & Awareness x749

As PHA’s Director of Advocacy and Awareness, Katie helps represent the PH community in conversations with the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and other agencies. She works closely with PHA’s Washington Representative and Grassroots Campaigns Manager to build legislative support for the Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Diagnosis Act and other legislation important to the community. Katie also coordinates PHA’s advocacy events on Capitol Hill. In addition, she is currently the first point of contact for insurance-related questions.

Elisabeth Williams

Elisabeth Williams, Grassroots Campaigns Manager x753

Elisabeth works to build volunteer membership in the 435 Campaign (legislative advocacy) PHAware Campaign (media outreach) and support current Campaign members in their communications with their Members of Congress and the media. Elisabeth is available to provide resources, advice and support to anyone interested in PH advocacy or media awareness. Elisabeth also coordinates the collection of PH community stories through Our Journeys.

EvaLa Manna

Eva LaManna, Insurance Program Manager x773

As Treatment Access Manager, Eva helps the PH community understand and navigate the health insurance system. She coordinates the Specialty Pharmacy Advisory Board, maintains PHA’s online insurance resources, and works to identify recurring patient concerns that PHA can address on a policy or regulatory level. She is also PHA’s first point of contact for patients with treatment access questions.

Development

Mike Catell

Michael A. (Mike) Catell, Executive Director of Development x767

Mike oversees the Development team consisting of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major and Planned Giving, Individual Giving/Membership, and Special Events. He comes to PHA with 20 years’ experience in resource development, having begun his career as a volunteer for the March of Dimes Foundation. He held senior leadership roles at the March of Dimes and served as a field and national director for the American Diabetes Association in Alexandria, Virginia. Additionally, Mike has had management and direct fundraising responsibilities in higher education, serving as director of annual giving at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, executive director of university development for The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, as well as executive director of foundation and alumni relations at Germanna Community College. He has been a consultant for fundraising firms and a workshop presenter at the national conference of the Council for Resource Development. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Mike and his family reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is a graduate and alumni member of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fredericksburg program, an active member of the Rotary Club of Stafford, and campaign volunteer for Rappahannock United Way.

Joshua Griffis

Joshua Griffis, Special Events Senior Manager x742

Joshua oversees PHA's Special Events program within our national office. This volunteer based program enables our community to fight back against PH by hosting special events or personal fundraisers. Joshua and his team provide event organizers with the necessary tools and resources to plan and implement successful fundraisers. Joshua also administers PHA's sponsorship program for special event organizers.

Chelsea Moog

Chelsea Moog, Special Events Associate x765

Chelsea works with PHA’s Special Events Program to support and guide event organizers throughout the planning process for their event.  By providing the event organizers with all of the necessary tools and resources they will need in order to make their event successful, Chelsea is able to help them reach their main goal which is to raise awareness and fight back against PH.

Erin Wiegert

Erin Wiegert, Corporate & Foundation Relations Associate x762

Erin is part of the team that supports PHA's corporate and foundation fundraising efforts. Erin researches and develops written proposals, tracks and monitors grants, conducts prospect research, coordinates and supports the gifts acknowledgement and record-keeping systems and coordinates stewardship reports.

Maggie Bahrmasel

Maggie Bahrmasel, Development Associate x756

As Development Associate, Maggie works to implement programs that foster support for PHA, its programs, services and research agenda. Maggie is also the contact for the Sustainers Circle, PHA's monthly giving program. Along with the other members of the development team, Maggie answers donor and membership inquiries.

Bob Gray

Bob Gray, Fundraising Consultant

Bob works closely with volunteers and staff to raise funds for the PH Care Centers program.

Field Operations

Geoff Gephart

Geoff Gephart, Executive Director, Midwest Chapter

Geoff Gephart comes to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association with over 15 years of nonprofit experience. Geoff has had the pleasure of supporting a variety of social and medical missions including the USO, homelessness, brain tumors, the developmentally disabled and the Boy Scouts of America. Geoff has an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and a Masters of Public Administration – Non Profit Management from Roosevelt University. He is from the Chicago land area and currently lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife and two children.

Marcie Hoffmann

Marcie Hoffmann, Development Director, Midwest Chapter

Marcie joins PHA with a background in event management for sporting and entertainment venues including Soldier Field and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Her experiences have given her the opportunity to work with many different people in exciting environments. Originally from the Chicago area, she is happy to be back in her home state. Marcie loves to spend time with family and friends attending sports and entertainment venues for new experiences and ideas. She is excited to be a part of the PHA team, has fun engaging people to ensure they have a great time and enjoys being a part of that process.

Colleen Ryan

Colleen Ryan, Development and Special Events Manager, Midwest Chapter

Colleen is graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and started her career at the American Cancer Society in St. Louis. Colleen has experience working with several nonprofits such as, the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, Children's Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis, St. Jude Hospital and The Alpha Phi Foundation. Colleen is excited to start planning and executing special events while gaining support for the PHA throughout the Midwest! She is eager to be back in the Chicagoland area with friends and family!

Gina Parziale

Gina Parziale, Executive Director, Greater New York and Philadelphia Chapter

Gina comes to PHA with extensive experience in fundraising for health related charities. After graduating from Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, she spent a year traveling throughout the US and Europe with the organization "Up With People." She worked 6 years as a fundraising event coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association followed by 6 years as Executive Director for the American Liver Foundation.  Gina's passion is empowering patients and loved ones of those affected by an illness to fight back by raising funds to find a cure and improve their lives.

Marie Mascia-Rand

Marie Mascia-Rand, Director of Community Engagement for the Greater Philadelphia Area, Greater New York and Philadelphia Chapter

Marie has joined PHA with both an extensive background in fundraising and as the mother of a child with the disease. As an architectural designer she was the advisor to the Foundation during the design and construction of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. She later joined the MFCH development team as an event director and fundraiser. Marie's daughter Chloe was the first child to survive a major heart surgery with Prostacyclin during clinical trails. Together, they worked to create a world where PH patients had greater opportunities. As Director of Community Engagement, Marie merges her knowledge of fundraising and patient advocacy to inspire patients to empower themselves and to share how personal action can make a profound difference.

Juliette Pelletier

Juliette Pelletier, Development Manager, Greater New York and Philadelphia Chapter

Im Senephimmachack

Im Senephimmachack, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Im became the Executive Director in February, 2014 after serving over a year as the Director of Development at PHA's Greater New York & Philadelphia Chapter.  Prior to joining PHA, Im raised funds for the largest lupus and HIV/AIDS organizations in the U.S., including the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Whitman-Walker Health, GMHC, and APLA. His 12-year career in the health sector spans both coasts - New York City, Washington, and Los Angeles.

Michael Ehret

Michael Ehret, Development Director, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Michael brings an extensive background in grass-roots development fundraising to his role as Development Director for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He has worked for a variety of highly-regarded nonprofits in the field of human services and is an experienced event-planning professional. Michael's wife, Karen, is not only a longtime member of PHA, she is a PH survivor and 2009 double-lung transplant recipient out of Stanford.

Finance & Administration

Jennifer Kaminski

Jennifer Freedman, Manager, Finance & Benefits x747

Jennifer is responsible for handling accounts payable, managing benefits and human resources administration. Jennifer also supports the Vice President, Finance & Human Resources in monthly financial reporting, and the annual budget and audit processes.

Jessica Ritter

Jessica Ritter, Associate Director, IT and Office Operations 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.

Randall McLeod

Randall McLeod, Associate Director, Database and 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.

Nick Jamison

Nick Jamison, Database and Accounting Associate x757

Nick assists the Associate Director in the managing and operating of PHA’s donor database, Raiser’s Edge. Nick handles many of the daily transactions and works as a data liaison between PHAssociation.org, PHA Online University, and the Raiser’s Edge. Nick is also spearheading special projects to make the database more efficient and improve departmental interaction with the Raiser’s Edge.

Jessica Dahl

Jessica Dahl, Administrative Assistant x746

Jessica greets and lets people through the doors of PHA. Most of her work consists of processing credit cards, checks, and orders through the PHA online store. When not doing this she is answering phones and directing calls, as well as assisting other staff members with general needs. In the near future she will be taking on the role of coordinator for Volunteer Night.

Tracey Delaney

Tracey Delaney, Office Assistant x769

Tracey helps to process shipments and general mailings, puts materials together for various meetings, acts as back-up receptionist and provides general administrative support to the staff.

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.

International Services

Julia Friederich

Julia Friederich, International Program Associate x760

Julia facilitates the exchange of reliable information between international PH associations and promotes global awareness of the disease. Her work includes administering and promoting PHA's international seed grant program, coordinating the translation efforts of PHA's materials, establishing relationships with PH organizations abroad and engaging the international medical community. PHA is pleased to work in connection with associations around the world to serve PH patients, their families, doctors and medical researchers.

Medical Services

Michael Patrick Gray

Michael Gray, 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.

Sarah Braun

Sarah Braun, Medical Outreach Program Associate x776

Sarah is responsible for promoting global membership in PHA's PH Clinicians and Researchers (PHCR) medical membership network. She also works with PH medical professionals to develop and expand resources that will advance the PH community and their surrounding networks. This includes assisting in the development of PHA's medical journal, Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension. In addition, Sarah helps organize the Scientific Sessions at PHA's biennial International PH Conference, develops the monthly PH Roundup e-newsletter, supports the Building Medical Education in PH (BME) program, and manages PHA's Research Program.

Lori Oppenheimer

Lori Oppenheimer, Allied Health Program Associate 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.

Briana Rivas-Morello

Briana Rivas-Morello, Patient Education Associate x744

Briana is responsible for developing educational resources that provide patients and caregivers with information about pulmonary hypertension and its management. Briana works to create patient-oriented brochures, website content, webinars for the PHA Classroom and chats with patients. She continues to assess educational needs within the PH community and assists in the planning of PHA events such as the PHA on the Road program.

Rizalyn Vargas

Rizalyn Vargas, Online Education Associate x771

As Online Education Associate, Rizalyn develops and manages the content of Online University, which offers a wide array of pulmonary hypertension courses and professional development resources for physicians, researchers, and allied health professionals. This involves organizing its budget, social marketing efforts, peer review process, or facilitating webinars. Rizalyn helps manage the overall aim of Online University, which is to act as a powerful learning resource to those who treat patients with pulmonary hypertension.

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 PHA's Online University.

Meetings & Conference Planning

Doreen Lucadamo

Doreen Lucadamo, Director, Meetings & Conference Planning x779

Doreen oversees the department responsible for the marketing and logistical planning of PHA’s education events and the organization’s leadership meetings. She is also responsible for the planning of the biennial International PH Conference.

Rebecca Gifford

Rebecca Gifford, Meeting Planning Associate x764

Rebecca’s responsibilities include providing logistical support for several of PHA’s events, including PHA’s biennial Conference and Scientific Sessions, PHA on the Road, and our Corporate Committee meetings.

Patient & Caregiver Services

Kim Lamon-Loperfido

Kim Lamon-Loperfido, Patient & Caregiver Services Manager x777

Kim creates and manages a variety of education and support programs for pulmonary hypertension patients and caregivers. She works directly with newly diagnosed patients, young adults and patients with associated illnesses and oversees programs for caregivers and parents. She aims to provide new points of entry, education and support to patients.

Michal Rachlin

Michal Rachlin, Kerry Bardorf Family Support Program Coordinator x800

Michal works with the families of adult and pediatric PH patients and with pediatric PH patients. She develops new resources, expands support and educational opportunities for adults, and creates new opportunities for young PH patients to connect with one another. Michal also manages PHA’s bereavement program and PH Email Mentor program.

Publications

Megan Mallory

Megan Mallory, Director, Publications x754

Megan serves as PHA's primary writer, editor, and graphic designer for PHA promotional materials and print publications. She also coordinates the production and publication of PHA's newsletters and other print materials.

Suzanne Flood

Suzanne Flood, Marketing & Communications Manager x768

Suzanne oversees the marketing and promotional efforts for a number of PHA events including PHA on the Road, PH Professional Network Symposium and PHA’s biennial International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions.

Allycia White

Allycia White, Design & Publications Associate 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.

Volunteer Services

Debbie Castro

Debbie Castro, 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 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.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong, Early Diagnosis Campaign Manager 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.

Web Services

Diane Greenhalgh

Diane Greenhalgh, Director, Web Services x759

Diane manages the PHA website and web services. She directs PHA's efforts to make PHAssociation.org an even more effective tool for PH patients, families, and medical professionals to connect and share resources. Diane spearheaded PHA's website redesign.

Kathryn Frix

Kathryn Frix, Online Tech Support Consultant

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

 

 

  

 

 

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