Staff Contact List

Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Midwest Chapter
8770 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 855-932-7255
Fax: 855-932-7254

Geoff Gephart, Executive Director,

Geoff Gephart

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, Development Director,

Marcie Hoffmann

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, Development Manager,

Colleen Ryan

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!

Rebekah Marquez, Development Manager,

Rebekah Marquez

Rebekah is a recent graduate from North Park University in Chicago. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts and as a Certified Nonprofit Professional. Rebekah has previously worked with other area nonprofit organizations including Bear Necessities and Twist Out Cancer. Rebekah is joining PHA eager to share the stories of her grandpa and other family members who have had and are still living with pulmonary hypertension.

Katie Werner, Events Manager - Endurance Program,

Katie Werner

Katie is a recent graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. She joins PHA with a background in fundraising and development at Second Harvest Food Bank, where she planned and coordinated major fundraising events across east central Indiana. New to the area, Katie and her husband enjoy exploring the history and culture of Chicago. She is excited for the opportunity to offer her skills and experience to such a passionate organization, and build lasting relationships across the Midwest.

Upcoming Midwest Chapter Events

Blue Lip Kiss for PH – Visit the Blue Lip Kiss page to view the video and take the challenge!
Sunday, July 12, 2015: PHA Midwest Junior Board Bottle & Bottega, Lakeview Studio– Chicago, IL
Thursday, July 16, 2015: Chick-Fil-Spirit Night - Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015: 3rd Annual Steps for Stripes, Greater Milwaukee O2 breathe Quarter Marathon – Brookfield, WI
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015: O2 Glow Night Walk California Pizza Kitchen Fundraising Night - Arlington Heights, IL
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015: Denim and Diamond for PHA – Higginsville, MO
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015: 2nd Annual Greater Detroit O2 breathe Quarter Marathon – Shelby Township, MI
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015: PHA’s 5K “PHun” Run and Walk - Jasper, IN
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015: O2 breathe One Morning, One Mission- Kickin' Pulmonary Hypertension – Alma, MO
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015: 3rd Annual O2 Glow Night Walk and Dance Party – Palatine, IL
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015: 2nd Annual Greater Indianapolis O2 breathe Quarter Marathon – Carmel, IN
Sunday, Oct, 11, 2015: 2nd Annual Team O2 breathe Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Chicago, IL
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: Inaugural Kansas City 5K, an O2 breathe Event - Kansas City, MO
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015: St. Louis O2 breathe Hearts PHor Hope Gala – Maryland Heights, MO
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015: Trivia PHun Event – Coralville, IA
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015: Buffalo Wild Wings Junior Board Fundraising Night - Chicago, IL 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Recent Midwest Chapter Events

Saturday, June 20, 2015: Quad Cities O2 breathe Fun Walk – Moline, IL
Tuesday, June 9, 2015: PHA Midwest Junior Board Meet & Greet at Southport Lanes - Chicago, IL
(If you would like to join, please email to RSVP or get more information)
Friday, June 5, 2015: 2nd Annual Chicago O2 breathe Golf Outing – Mundelein, IL
Thursday, May 14, 2015: St. Louis 54th Street Fundraising Night – Florissant, MO
Saturday, May 9, 2015: Annual Take a Breath for PH: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K – DeWitt, MI
Sunday, May 3, 2015: 4th Annual CVS Health Stride for a Cure, O2 breathe Quarter Marathon – Elk Grove Village, IL

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