PHA Board of Trustees

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is directed by a dedicated and passionate group of people who have been touched by pulmonary hypertension. Our Board of Trustees consists of patients, family members of PH patients and medical professionals specializing in the disease.

Officers

Vallerie McLaughlinVallerie McLaughlin, MD, Chair
Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program at University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Board term ending: January 2015 (first term)
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Laura D'AnnaLaura D’Anna, DrPH, MPA, Immediate Past-Chair
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, California State University Long Beach Center for Health Disparities Research
Long Beach, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2015 (third term)
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Steve WhiteRev. Steve White, PhD, Chair-Elect
Retired Episcopal Priest
Williamstown, Mass.
Board term ending:  January 2017 (third term)
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Sally Maddox Sally Maddox, Secretary
Math teacher
Rome, Ga.
Board term ending: January 2016 (fourth term)
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Roger TowleRoger Towle, Treasurer
Vice President for Financial Affairs, Grove City College

Grove City, Penn.
Board term ending: January 2016 (fourth term)
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Members At-Large

Colleen BrunettiErika Berman-Rosenzweig, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
New York, N.Y.
Board term ending: January 2017 

Colleen BrunettiColleen Brunetti
Generation Hope Young Adult Advisory Board
New Hartford, Conn.
Board term ending: January 2017 (second term)
Learn more about Colleen

Richard Channick, MDRichard Channick, MD 
Director of the Pulmonary and Thromboendarterectomy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Winchester, Mass.
Board term ending: June 2016 (SLC Representative)
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C. Greg ElliottC. Greg Elliott, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine at Intermountain Medical Center
Murray, Utah
Board term ending: January 2016 (fourth term)
Learn more about Greg

Karen Fagan, MDKaren Fagan, MD
Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of South Alabama
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Mobile, Ala.
Board term ending: January 2015
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John HessJohn Hess
Chief Technology Officer, CBJ
Boulder, Colo.
Board term ending: January 2016 (second term)
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Jessie KohlerJessie Kohler, Esq
Attorney
Santa Monica, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2017
Learn more about Jessie

Tony LahnstonTony Lahnston
Director of Operations, Tropical Nut and Fruit
Windermere, Fl. 
Board term ending: January 2015 (second term)
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Mike McGoonMichael McGoon, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.
Board term ending: January 2015 (third term)
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Rita OrthRita Orth, RN
Support group leader
Danville, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2015 (second term)
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Cindy PicklesCindy Pickles, RN
Support group leader
Lewsiville, N.C.
Board term ending: January 2015 (second term)
Learn more about Cindy

Diane RamirezDiane Ramirez
Advocacy Chair, Piedmont North Carolina Support Group
Lexington, N.C.
Board term ending: January 2017 (third term)
Learn more about Diane

Harry RozakisHarry Rozakis
President and CEO, Cyrium Technologies, Inc.
Ottowa, Canada
Board term ending: January 2016 (third term)
Learn more about Harry

Traci Stewart, RNTraci Stewart, RN
Nurse Clinician Specialist, Cardiomyopathy Treatment Program at the University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Board term ending: June 2014 (PHPN Representative)
Learn more about Traci

Steve Van WormerSteve Van Wormer
Writer and voice actor
Burbank, Calif.
Board term ending: January 2015 (second term)
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Melisa WilsonMelisa Wilson, ARNP
Pulmonary Hypertension Coordinator, Orlando Regional Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Orlando, Fl.
Board term ending: January 2015
Learn more about Melisa


Members Emeritus

Dorothy OlsonDorothy Olson
PHA co-founder (1999)
deceased (2013)
Sebring, Fl.
Learn more about Dorothy

 

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Harry Olson
deceased (2012)
Sebring, Fl.
Learn more about Harry

Jerry PatonJerry Paton
Owner, Dairy Queen (retired)
Estero, Fl.
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Pat Paton Pat Paton, RN
Nurse (retired)
PHA co-founder
Estero, Fl.
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Ed SimpsonEd Simpson
Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Northern Illinois University
Holiday Island, Ark.
Learn more about Ed

Judith SimpsonJudith Simpson, RN, EdS
Pediatric nursing instructor (retired)
PHA co-founder
Holiday Island, Ark.
Learn more about Judy


Ex-Officio

Rino AldrighettiRino Aldrighetti
President & CEO, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Silver Spring, Md.
Learn more about Rino

 

 

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