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.


Roger Towle Roger Towle, Chair
Vice President for Financial Affairs, Grove City College

Grove City, Penn.
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Steve White Stephen L. White, PhD, Immediate Past-Chair
Retired Episcopal Priest
Williamstown, Mass.
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Karen Fagan, MD Karen Fagan, MD, Chair-Elect
Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of South Alabama
Scientific Leadership Council Immediate Past Chair
Mobile, Ala.
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Sally Maddox Sally Maddox, Secretary
Math teacher
Rome, Ga.
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Tony Lahnston Tony Lahnston, Treasurer
Director of Operations, Tropical Nut and Fruit
Windermere, Fl.
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Members At-Large

Erika Berman Rosenzweig, MD Erika Berman Rosenzweig, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Chair
New York, N.Y.
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Colleen Brunetti Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.
New Hartford, Conn.
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Colleen Connor Colleen Connor
PH Patient
West Chester, PA
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Laura D'Anna Laura D’Anna, DrPH, MPA
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, California State University Long Beach Center for Health Disparities Research
Long Beach, Calif.
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Ramona Doyle, MD Ramona Doyle, MD, MSc
Vice President of Therapeutics - California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
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Stacey Gausling Stacey Gausling, OT/L
Occupational Therapist & Rehab Marketing Specialist
Portland, Oregon
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Amy Kimber Amy Kimber, RN, APNP
PH Program Coordinator for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
PHPN Representative (Chair) 
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Jessie Kohler Jessie Kohler, Esq
Santa Monica, Calif.
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Mitchell Koppelman Mitchell Koppelman
Retired VP Strategic Planning Minerals Technologies Inc.
Principle Consultant Mineral Solutions & Strategy
North Plainfield, NJ
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Mike McGoon Michael McGoon, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.
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Vallerie McLaughlin Vallerie McLaughlin, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program at University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Rita Orth Rita Orth, RN
Support group leader
Danville, Calif.
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Dr. Oudiz

Ronald J. Oudiz, MD
Scientific Leadership Council
Professor of Medicine
Director, Liu Center for Pulmonary Hypertension
LA Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, CA
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Diane Ramirez Diane Ramirez
Advocacy Chair, Piedmont North Carolina Support Group
Lexington, N.C.
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Fran Rogers

Fran Rogers, MSN, CRNP
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
PH Professional Network Liaison
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Traci Stewart, RN Traci Stewart, RN, MSN, CHFN
PH Nurse Coordinator - Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
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Jack Stibbs Jack Stibbs
Spring, Texas
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Doug Taylor Doug Taylor
Support Group Leader, PH Patient / Patient Advocate, and Retired Architect
Lexington, South Carolina
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Melisa Wilson

Melisa Wilson, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Florida Hospital Medical Group
Orlando, Fla.

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Members Emeritus

Dorothy Olson Dorothy Olson
PHA co-founder (1999)
deceased (2013)
Sebring, Fl.
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No Photo Available Harry Olson
deceased (2012)
Sebring, Fl.
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Jerry Paton Jerry 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 Simpson Ed Simpson
Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Northern Illinois University
Holiday Island, Ark.
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Judith Simpson Judith Simpson, RN, EdS
Pediatric nursing instructor (retired)
PHA co-founder
Holiday Island, Ark.
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Brad A. Wong Brad A. Wong
President & CEO, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Silver Spring, Md.

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