ACHA Across the Country

Through Regional Development Leaders across the country, ACHA provides local and regional congenital heart disease (CHD) education opportunities, collaborates with local pediatric and adult congenital heart cardiologists to help build awareness of ACHA and the appropriate CHD care needed throughout the lifespan; helps to connect and engage patients and their families through regional events, and fosters consistent outreach in local communities. To do this work, ACHA Regional Development Leaders drive fundraising in their areas, such as ACHA Walk for 1 in 100, fundraising receptions, and fun activities like paint nights and dine and donates.

Currently, ACHA’s Regional Development Leaders are located in the following regions: Southern CaliforniaColorado, and Texas. Our Regional Development Leaders play a pivotal role in ACHA’s continued success and expansion.

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Meet the Regional Development Leaders

Southern California

Hi! I am the Southern California Regional Development Leader for ACHA. I am an LA native and an adult living with a CHD, Shone's Complex. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of London, I have worked as an education coordinator and project manager in both the medical and non-profit sectors. I currently reside in Orange County with my husband and rescue dog. I am beyond excited to connect and grow the CHD community of Southern California through increased awareness, resources and events. 

Click here to join the SoCal ACHA Facebook group.

Click here to see upcoming events in the SoCal area.

Emily Earhart
Eliza Fernie


Hey there! I’m Eliza Fernie—your Colorado Regional Development Leader.

Born in Colorado and into a CHD family, I organized an ACHA team to race the Bolder Boulder 10k years ago. With my background in public health, I've worked as a project coordinator and facilitator in non-profit community health and home health sectors. My passions are connecting people in meaningful ways, building sustainable partnerships, and exploring solutions to unmet needs for people and communities with chronic health conditions.

Click here to join my Facebook group.

Click here to see upcoming events in Colorado.


I am the Texas Regional Development Leader. I myself am an adult living with a CHD. I was born with tetralogy of Fallot and have had several open heart surgeries. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where I still live today. I am a Texas A&M graduate and am married to my college sweetheart, Ben. We have two beautiful children: Clayton, our 3-year-old son, and Hudson, our 1-year-old daughter. I am beyond excited to get to be a part of this organization and bring awareness about ACHA and the resources we can provide for patients, their families and ACHD providers.

Click here to join my Facebook group 

Click here to see upcoming events in Texas.

Kristin Edwards