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.
Gail Ober, Interim Executive Director
L. Lynn Cohen, Volunteer Coordinator
Mike Fox, Congenital Heart Walks Coordinator
Paula Miller, Member Services Manager
Jessica Phelan, Acting Director of Development
Cheryl Poccia, Program Coordinator
Terri Schaefer, Communications Manager
Ashley Sheehan, Development Assistant
Christine Sullivan, Administrative 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.
Mike Fox, Congenital Heart Walks Coordinator, joins ACHA with a background in nonprofit programming and event fundraising from his work at Gift of Life Donor Program. As the coordinator of the Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness, an annual event with 10,000 participants, his prior work experience includes sponsorship cultivation, peer-to-peer fundraising, logistics, volunteer operations, and marketing. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.
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.
Gail Ober, LSW, Interim Executive Director, has extensive experience in designing and leading organizational development and transformations, including growth, alliances and mergers. Gail’s problem-solving and assessment skills have evolved from clinical social work service delivery to program design, implementation and evaluation, and finally to the larger organizational perspective. She has been an executive leader in organizations ranging from $500,000 to $7 million and has been responsible for board development, fundraising, organizational leadership and quality assurance of service delivery and internal operations. Gail has served on several Boards of Directors, including nonprofit, for profit and membership organizations.
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.
Cheryl Poccia, Program Coordinator, is responsible for working with the ACHA program team to implement patient/family and professional activities, ensuring excellent customer service, high value information, and resource sharing. Cheryl has more than six years of proven expertise in nonprofit work, including fundraising, public relations, special event planning, and team development. Prior to joining ACHA, Cheryl coordinated the volunteer program and Recovery Walks! for more than 18,000 participants at The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania. Cheryl graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and an Applied Arts and Science degree in Graphic Communications.
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.
Christine Sullivan, Administrative Assistant, brings to her position at ACHA her background in nonprofit operations and her enthusiasm for assisting others. Her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Delaware Valley Grantmakers prepared her to serve the membership of ACHA and to provide responsive administrative assistance to the staff and board. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.