Team PHenomenal Hope has two full time staff members.
Leslie joins Team Phenomenal Hope with more than 25 years as a nonprofit leader with proven program development and fundraising track record for mission-driven organizations. With a deep history in grassroots and peer-to-peer fundraising, Leslie looks forward to working with our PH families, patients, donors, volunteers and stakeholders to fuel our mission by strengthening our current programs and increasing our funding opportunities through relationship building and volunteer recruitment and cultivation. Prior to her selection as the Executive Director of Team PH, Leslie held positions with the American Cancer Society, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, where she first learned of the impact of pulmonary hypertension. When not fundraising, Leslie prefers to spend her time volunteering with others over like-minded causes. “I’ve been blessed to meet so many incredible individuals during my career and their passion to make meaningful change is infectious.” You can usually find Leslie on a beach reading a juicy mystery novel or tending to her small but impressive vegetable garden in New York City. She’s also learning to ski and hopes to make it down a blue trail one day soon.
Community Outreach and Marketing Director
Katie joined Team PH in the summer of 2017 with a background in nonprofit development. While earning her Bachelor’s degree at Ball State University in east central Indiana, Katie fell in love with the nonprofit sector while interning in the development department at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Soon after graduating with a degree in public relations and marketing, Katie moved to Chicagoland and began working at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Midwest Chapter as the development manager. During her time at PHA, Katie grew an irrevocable connection with the PH community and a desire to work toward a cure. This made it an easy decision to come work for Team PH. Katie delights in traveling with her husband, gardening, cooking, reading, and exploring new hobbies.
Tonya Kidd joined Team PH in June of 2023 as the Program Manager. She is originally from the Gulf Coast Mississippi area, where she recently returned after 29 years. Tonya holds a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College and a Master of Public Administration Nonprofit Management from Troy University in Atlanta, where she previously resided.
Tonya has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years in which she has assisted homeless families and individuals with acquiring affordable housing, rental and utility assistance, and enrolling in free healthcare programs. She has been involved in various community outreach and engagement activities and continuously fosters partnerships that holistically serve disadvantaged communities.
Tonya is passionate about advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within housing and healthcare among underserved communities. She is an alumni member of the Primary Health Primary Care Leadership Institute with the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. During her spare time, Tonya loves spending time with her three cats, creating handcrafted skincare products, and sourcing vintage home decor.
Maggie joins Team PH with 10 years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. She worked in campus ministry for 6.5 years with a large international non-profit, and then at a small pregnancy clinic focusing on peer-to-peer fundraising and event coordination. Maggie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Communication from Christopher Newport University and has always had a passion for helping others and serving her community. Maggie also lives with Congenital Heart Disease and is reminded often to not take life for granted. She is excited to join Team PH and get to know the PH community! Maggie loves spending time at the bay and being out in nature as much as possible! She and her husband enjoy game nights with friends, finding the best taco in town, and taking their dog, Willow, on long walks in their new neighborhood.
Cindy Kelly is currently self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Cindy functions as a part-time CFO for growing companies. She also provides tax consulting and preparation services for clients in a wide variety of industries and service. She has a separate valuation business that provides valuation services for litigation, estates, and succession planning. Cindy has previously been a partner in large Montana CPA firms, and a CFO for a national company with gross volume exceeding $250,000,000. Cindy enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and being on the water in a raft, kayak, or sailboat. She loves music and dancing and is currently learning to play an instrument.