Team PHenomenal Hope has two full time staff members.

Executive Director

Linda Appleby

Linda joins Team PHenomenal Hope with more than 15 years of development and fundraising experience, working in higher education, and healthcare at the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and then the ProHealth Care Foundation. While working in the Cardiovascular Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin, she first learned of the impact of pulmonary hypertension. The inspiring patient and family stories lead her to work with families, patients, volunteers and other stakeholders to raise funds to create research seed grants to advance patient treatments for PH, and to create patient impact grants to help with unmet patient needs. Linda is an avid cross country skier, kayaker, and enjoys biking. She also enjoys nature photography, and is active in her church and community.

Community Outreach and Marketing Director

Katie Werner

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, exploring new hobbies, cooking, and reading.


Cindy Kelly

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.