ACHA Leadership and Staff

ACHA staff plays a critical role in running the organization, developing and conducting programs and assuring that ACHA achieves its mission.

Staff liaise with ACHA members, the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board as well as medical professionals, researchers, policy makers and people impacted by CHD around the world.

Mark Roeder President and CEO

As ACHA President and CEO, Mark is responsible for ensuring that ACHA achieves its strategic objectives to forward our mission and vision and will oversee the overall management, direction and financial well-being of our organization. Before joining ACHA, Mark served in executive leadership positions for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and also has extensive experience directing marketing and public relations functions for major retail chains in the food industry.  Mark is based in ACHA’s Baltimore/Washington office.

Beth Coimbra, CPA Director of Finance and Administration

Beth oversees all financial aspects of ACHA, including the development of the annual budget and acting as liaison to the external auditors. Beth also directs much of ACHA's administrative functions, such as risk management and human resources.

Trisha D’Costa Office Administrator

Trisha provides financial and administrative support to ACHA’s program and development departments, as well as the National Congenital Heart Walk series. She is also responsible for the efficient functioning of office operations.

Jessica DiGiovanni Development Manager

Jessica is responsible for ACHA’s annual appeal, grant research and grant writing, donation and acknowledgement processing, and supporting fundraising volunteers.

Emily Earhart Greater Los Angeles Community Development Coordinator

Emily will implement ACHA’s strategic vision in the Greater Los Angeles area, developing and leading program and development initiatives while cultivating meaningful relationships with local patients, providers, corporate partners, advocates and donors.

Nicole Fernandez Greater Boston Community Development Coordinator

Nicole will implement ACHA’s strategic vision in the Greater Boston area, developing and leading program and development initiatives while cultivating meaningful relationships with local patients, providers, corporate partners, advocates and donors.

Bridget Freeley Accreditation and Regional Engagement Manager

Bridget oversees the operations of the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program as well as West Coast community outreach to help grow ACHA’s regional presence. She is based at ACHA’s Southern California office.

Jessica Freely Director of Community Outreach

Jessica recruits, builds and leads a team of ACHA's local Community Development Coordinators as they work to engage constituents in social and educational programming, advocacy, and fundraising opportunities. She also oversees organizational marketing efforts.  

Margaret High-Thomas Greater Columbus Community Development Coordinator

Margaret will implement ACHA’s strategic vision in the Greater Columbus, Ohio area, developing and leading program and development initiatives while cultivating meaningful relationships with local patients, providers, corporate partners, advocates and donors.

Danielle M. Hile Director of Programs

Danielle leads all programs within ACHA; key priorities include advocacy and policy, the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, patient/family services, professional services, education and general outreach.  

Georgia Krehbiel National Director of Development

Georgia oversees ACHA’s fundraising department and efforts, which include annual giving, major giving, planned giving, and corporate and medical program sponsorship. She is based at ACHA’s Atlanta office.

Paula Miller Senior Education Manager

Paula manages the ACHA webinar series, regional conferences, the ACHA/ISACHD Clinic Directory, the Q&A handouts and other educational resources. She is based at ACHA’s Memphis office.

Trawana Porter Greater Philadelphia Community Development Coordinator

Trawana will implement ACHA’s strategic vision in the Greater Philadelphia area, developing and leading program and development initiatives while cultivating meaningful relationships with local patients, providers, corporate partners, advocates and donors.

Samantha Sayward Congenital Heart Walks Coordinator

Samantha is part of the team that raises much needed funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation through the National Congenital Heart Walk series.

Terri Schaefer Communications Manager

Terri manages ACHA’s website, social media, printed materials, and other communications to ACHA members, the CHD community, and the general public.

Misty Sharpe Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Misty is responsible for the Ambassador Program, connecting members to volunteer opportunities, and helping ACHA’s patient/family and professional members with various needs related to ACHD care. She is based at ACHA’s Nashville office.

Sarah Shuff Congenital Heart Walks Coordinator

Sarah is part of the team that raises much needed funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation through the National Congenital Heart Walk series.

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