Board of Directors

Dr Patricia GeorgePatricia George, MD, Board President
Dr. Patricia George is a PH pulmonologist, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at National Jewish Health, and President/Co-founder of Team PHenomenal Hope.




Harrison FarberHarrison Farber, MD, Vice President
Dr. Farber is a pulmonologist and the director of the Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) at Tufts Medical Center.




Carl HicksCarl Hicks, Treasurer
Carl Hicks has served the pulmonary hypertension community in a wide variety of roles since his daughter was diagnosed with what was then called “primary pulmonary hypertension” in 1994. Initially serving as a caregiver for Meaghan, he began to serve the greater community as a patient advocate and was invited to join the PHA Board of Trustees. There he served on every committee, became more deeply involved in advocacy and fundraising at the national level. Representing PHA he has spoken extensively worldwide increasing awareness. While serving as the PHA chairman of the board his daughter Meaghan lost her battle and became a PH Angel. Undaunted, Carl continued to serve raising funds and awareness for the fight as he stepped off the board to join PHA as the executive vice-president. Following four years at PHA he was asked to join industry where he serves as vice-president for patient advocacy and community support. Recently he was honored as the first and only honorary lifetime member of the PHA board of directors. In addition to his board servce for Team Phenomenal Hope he has just been asked to become a PHA Support Group Co-leader near his home in Gig Harbor Washington. Carl has dedicated his life to the fight against pulmonary hypertension.



Merle ReesemanMerle Reeseman
Ms. Reeseman is Vice-President of Patient Relations. Aside from being on the Board of Directors for Team PHenomenal Hope, Merle is a PHighter, and a super hero (long-term survivor) of this dastardly disease known as pulmonary hypertension.




Dr. BenzaRaymond Benza, MD
Dr. Benza is the Program Director of Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant, MCS and Pulmonary Hypertension at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.



William Bill FaireyWilliam (Bill) Fairey
Bill is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at ChemoCentryx. From 2001 to 2017, Mr. Fairey served in numerous pharmaceutical sales and marketing positions at Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., most recently as President, where he led Actelion’s sales, marketing, medical and regulatory activities in the United States. Mr. Fairey started his pharmaceutical career with Parke-Davis US, where he held various positions on
the commercial side of the business. Mr. Fairey received his BS in Biology from the University of Oregon and his M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College, California.



Christine WalshChristine Walsh
Christine Walsh first became involved with Team PHenomenal Hope in January of 2018 when she found interest in the Let Me Be Your Lungs program. She joined the endurance program and was matched with young PH patient Callie Linscott. In 2018 alone, Christine’s efforts as a PH athlete, recruitment of other athletes, and participation in other Team PH events, such as the Peloton Challenge, combined raised nearly $14,000 to fight PH. In July of 2018, she joined the board. Christine continues to race for Callie, and consistently brings in significant support to our organization. To date in 2019, her participation in multiple events has raised almost $8000.


JulieJulia Feitner, Secretary
Diagnosed in 2008 with pulmonary hypertension, Julia Feitner is a wife and mother. She also has been a PH advocate, event coordinator & fundraiser, support group leader, guest speaker, and PHriend.




Martha and DanielMartha Torres
Martha Torres has been a tireless advocate in the fight against pulmonary hypertension. Her son, Daniel was first diagnosed with congenital heart disease before his birth. In 2005, at barely a year old, her son was facing a new challenge – PH. Since then, she has supported her son and the PH community through advocacy, education, volunteer work with numerous PH organizations, and outreach both nationally and internationally. Through her diligent efforts in bringing PH awareness to the community, Martha’s work may be the key to allowing her son, and all PH patients, to live a long and happy life.

Gareth Gwyn HeadshotGareth Gwyn
For the past 30 years Gareth has worked closely with patient communities in conjunction with the roles he held within the pharmaceutical industry. Seventeen years ago he was blessed to be introduced to the pulmonary hypertension community of patients, families, and healthcare professionals. Since that time he has been humbled to work with and for these amazing patients. Although he no longer works in the field of pulmonary hypertension, his heart remains dedicated to this amazing community.
Updated: September 2020