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Staff

The ACHA staff plays an integral role in the day-to-day workings of the organization, liaising between members of ACHA, ACHA's Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board, and medical professionals around the world.

Glenn R. Tringali, National Executive Director
L. Lynn Cohen, Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica Freely, Operations Manager
Paula Miller, Member Services Manager
Jessica Phelan, Acting Director of Development
Trawana Porter, Database Management Assistant
Terri Schaefer, Communications Manager
Ashley Sheehan, Development Assistant

L. Lynn Cohen, Volunteer Coordinator, has more than 15 years of knowledge and experience in volunteer program management. Her previous work experience includes program coordination, communications, fundraising, friend-building, special events planning and outreach. Prior to joining ACHA, Lynn created and coordinated volunteer programs for several nonprofit organizations, including healthcare, behavioral health, older adult services, animal rescue and children’s programs. Over the years, Lynn has had the privilege and joy of working with more than 15,000 volunteers from California to Pennsylvania. Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


Jessica Freely, Operations Manager, is responsible for ensuring the efficient functioning of daily office operations, including IT, HR, and all other program and staff. Jessica is a highly motivated manager with a strong business sense and experience in both corporate and non-profit settings. Before joining ACHA, Jessica spent nearly a decade as a market manager at the Nielsen TV Ratings. Prior to Nielsen she was a Program Director at Ramapo for Children, an experiential learning program for youth who are at risk or have developmental disabilities. Jessica holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa.


Paula Miller, Member Services Manager, has been involved with ACHA since 2000. She first served as a conference volunteer and later was appointed to the Board of Directors, a position she held for six years. She was Vice Chair of the Board from 2005-2007. Paula received a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1973 and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977. In her career, she has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, a medical legal consultant, a nursing professor and a clinical research coordinator. As an adult with Tetralogy of Fallot, working with ACHD patients and families is her passion.


Jessica Phelan, Acting Director of Development, oversees fundraising efforts at ACHA, including individual giving, grant writing and sponsorships, professional membership, and Congenital Heart Walks. Jessica has a background in development and nonprofit communication from her work at Isles, Inc., a community development organization. Her experience includes grant writing and administration, budget development, and internal and external communication management. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Professional and Business Communication, both from La Salle University.


Trawana Porter, Database Management Assistant, has more than 12 years of nonprofit experience, focusing on program management, government contracts and community outreach. This work includes case management, hunger relief efforts, and food distribution operations. At ACHA, Trawana provides significant support to the development department by processing all ACHA and Congenital Heart Walk donations accurately and timely, as well as handling medical professional and patient/family memberships. Trawana received a Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware State University, an MBA from Wilmington University, and an MPA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Terri Schaefer, Communications Manager, oversees the ACHA website, social media, the ACHA Blog, our organization’s print materials, and public relations. With a background in healthcare and pharmaceutical publishing as a senior editor and web editor at a national healthcare trade journal, Terri's experience includes writing and editing, managing website content, developing promotional materials and branding. Terri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Rider University.



Ashley Sheehan, Development Assistant, provides vital support to the development department of ACHA through fundraising appeals and events; patient, family and professional association members; the Congenital Heart Walk; and other activities. Ashley’s experience includes development, communications work and nonprofit event planning along with a background in fundraising for political campaigns. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America.



Glenn R. Tringali, National Executive Director, in partnership with the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board, is responsible for leading ACHA’s mission to improve and extend the lives of the millions born with heart defects through education, advocacy, and the promotion of research. Glenn has more than three decades of nonprofit administrative experience with small, mid-sized, and large national and international healthcare organizations. Prior to joining ACHA, Glenn previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation and the National Alliance for Autism Research and also held senior administrative and fund development positions with the Cancer Research Institute, Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and March of Dimes.