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By ACHA on 11/21/2013 10:26 AM

By Mary Kay Klein

In the summer of 1997 my husband and I returned from a trip to find four happy and excited young people sitting in our living room, talking about starting a group for adults with CHD. The group included the three co-founders of ACHA—our daughter Karen Klein, Anthony Cordaro, Jr., and Bonnie Paulsen—along with their friend Tanya De Herrera.

During the following year, the co-founders, along with three others, Tony Cordaro, Kim Ochs and me, formed the first ACHA Board. As ACHA's first president, Karen made multiple visits to a local attorney, and, with support and input from the Board and a generous donation from a friend, she put together the resources and documents needed for us to be incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.