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

Beth oversees all financial aspects of ACHA, including monthly financial statement preparation for the Board of Directors, the annual budget, management of the organization’s cash flow, and acting as liaison to the external auditors.

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.

Bridget Freeley Accreditation Program Coordinator

Bridget oversees the day-to-day operations of the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, including assisting sites in completing their applications and working with the medical providers on ACHA’s Accreditation Steering Committee. She is based at ACHA’s Southern California office.

Jessica Freely Director of Operations

Jessica directs and manages the day-to-day operations of ACHA, including personnel, computer and technology, communications, and administration. She also serves as the staff assistant to ACHA’s Board of Directors.

Meg Gardiner Congenital Heart Walks Coordinator

Meg 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.

Bari Gilbert Congenital Heart Walks Assistant

Bari 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.

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 Administrative and Programs Assistant

Trawana provides administrative support to both local and remote ACHA staff, oversees order fulfillment, and provides direction and guidance to onsite volunteers.

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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