Ephraim is responsible for coordinating PFF Ambassador events and works closely with the Support Group Network. He manages the administration of the Leanne Storch Support Group Fund and supports the PFF Help Center with inquiries from the Spanish-speaking community. He assists the monthly PFF telephonic support groups including PFF Coloquio.
Before joining the PFF’s Programs department, Ephraim worked at Loyola University Chicago’s Cudahy Library where he assisted library patrons in identifying relevant databases and resources for their research. He was also working on his master’s degree at the time.
Ephraim completed an MA in Spanish at Loyola University Chicago and he holds a BA in Spanish from Denison University.
In her role as Manager for Prospect Management and Research, Sarah provides new data, contextual information, and data analysis services to help direct development activity for the PFF. She is involved in many aspects of fundraising, from preparing for donor meetings to offering strategy consultation for events.
Prior to joining the PFF, Sarah spent 11 years with the development office of the University of Chicago, first in administrative roles before becoming an analyst and then a senior analyst with Development Research.
She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Willamette University and an MA in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona.
As the PFF Registry Project Manager, Misha Cadet works closely with the Vice President of the PFF Registry. Misha coordinates and manages projects related to the PFF Registry, a disease registry comprised of patients, families, caregivers, and lung transplant recipients impacted by pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease.
Misha has worked in health care since 2003 and has experience in database management, health education and technology for medical centers and health organizations in Illinois and
Misha has a BS in Public Health Education and a MS in Public Health Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She also received a certificate in Software Engineering from Northwestern University.
As development and special events manager, Katie is responsible for Team PFF fundraising events. She helps volunteers make any event into an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. Along with this, she supports the annual PFF Walk program and Broadway Belts for PFF!
Prior to joining the PFF, Katie worked in fundraising at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC. Throughout her time at NAHB, Katie managed peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and coordinated state and local fundraising events across the country.
Katie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations
Diana DeRosa works closely with the development database, adding new information and ensuring existing information is managed effectively. Diana has a special focus in supporting TeamPFF events, community walks, and the tribute program. She also assists with email mailing list generation as well as donation acknowledgements.
Diana was new to the non-profit sector when she joined the PFF after working over 10 years in onsite residential property management in administrative and accounts payable roles.
She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in psychology.
Laura Devitt is primarily responsible for volunteer recruitment, training, support, and management as well as the development and production of education materials for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. She is also involved with planning and execution of the Annual Volunteer Meeting and PFF Summit.
Laura began her career as a geriatric case manager, providing homebound senior citizens with vital programs such as Meals on Wheels and the Community Care Program. She also previously worked with two nursing homes located in Chicago, overseeing admissions and discharges from each facility.
Laura graduated from St. Norbert College with a BA degree in Human Services. She earned a MSW from Dominican University. Laura holds an additional certificate in Grant Writing from San Diego State University.
Naomi Edwards supports all efforts related to PFF marketing and communications. Along with managing email communications for the PFF, Naomi assists with content development for the PFF social media platforms. Her work promotes the initiatives, programs and events at the Foundation. She also helps maintain communications for brand integrity and consistency.
Prior to joining the PFF, Naomi worked in both nonprofit and business settings in fulfilling roles including Youth Development Specialist, Operations Manager, Social Media Manager, Content Creator and Brand Consultant.
Naomi graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and a Minor in Journalism
Jamie Hillner is responsible for coordinating the PFF Ambassador Program and Support Group Leader Network. She facilitates trainings and teleconferences, promotes the programs, and cultivates relationships with PFF volunteers. She also manages the PFF Advocates by communicating advocacy alerts and coordinating the PFF’s Hill Day efforts.
Prior to joining the PFF’s Programs department, Jamie worked at the University of Chicago Law School where she supported the Law School’s annual giving, recent alumni, and law firm engagement programs in addition to frontline fundraising work. In her previous role, Jamie managed relationships with alumni volunteers, students, law firm recruiters, and campus partners.
Jamie received her BS in Nonprofit Management with minors in Fundraising & Resource Development, Public Human Resources, and Spanish from Indiana University.
Sheena Kelly is responsible for assisting the database team in data processing, maintaining the accuracy within the database, generating advanced reports to assist other departments, and other special projects.
Prior to joining the PFF, Sheena worked at several non-profits, performing roles such as media relations, development, and administrative support.
Sheena graduated with a BS in Business Management from DePaul University.
Mary Kiener provides overall strategic and daily leadership and guidance to the HR department by overseeing talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, training, employee engagement, compliance, leadership development, compensation, and benefits.
With more than 20 years of HR experience, Mary has worked in a variety of sectors including non-profit, retail, manufacturing, and banking.
Mary studied Liberal Arts with a business focus at DePaul University.
Kelly Lynch is responsible for supporting the PFF events team with a focus on donor development and event management of the PFF Walk program.
Prior to joining the PFF, Kelly worked for several healthcare-related nonprofit organizations including The Woman’s Board of RUSH University Medical Center, Vision Forward Association, and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. She has been responsible for event planning, volunteer management, and providing other fundraising support.
Kelly graduated with a BA in Psychology and a double minor in Community Service Studies and Professional Writing from DePaul University.
Jake is responsible for the PFF’s Annual Giving Program with a focus on tributes and memorials. Jake is committed to helping family members who are looking to create a lasting memory through the PFF’s programs. He oversees direct donations, recurring giving, and workplace giving.
Jake has over eight years of experience in nonprofit work and general fundraising. He has experience in both academic and healthcare related fundraising.
Jake earned an MBA from Elmhurst College where he also holds a BA in political science.
Kyle assists the Events team with the development of the PFF’s signature events such as the annual Broadway Belts for PFF! and the PFF Walk series. He helps to cultivate the Foundation’s relationships with our volunteers and donors.
Prior to his role as Special Events Coordinator, Kyle assisted the programs department at the PFF. Previously, he worked at Mesirow Financial Inc. as an Administrative Assistant.
Sharon Reed is responsible for processing online donations and family notifications of gifts received in honor/memory of a loved one. She also assists with the recurring donor and tribute programs and maintaining the integrity of the fundraising database data.
Prior to joining the PFF, she worked as an administrative assistant at Illinois Quadel.
Sharon graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Computer Science.
Ingrid is the primary point of contact for communications related to the PFF Care Center Network (CCN), a group of medical centers across the country that specialize in interstitial lung disease to improve the care delivered to patients living with pulmonary fibrosis. Ingrid collaborates with the PFF VP of Clinical Affairs and Quality to support and develop the CCN.
Prior to joining the PFF, Ingrid worked in a number of capacities at Rotary International. She was involved with partnership development, educational programming, grants, and corporate relations.
Ingrid received her BA in French from Xavier University and her MA in French Literature from Vanderbilt University.
Samantha Simmons is responsible for social media management, graphic design, and overseeing PFF communications to maintain brand integrity. She leads the creation and distribution of digital and print marketing materials. Her work involves developing visual identities for the PFF’s programs and events.
Samantha began her career in nonprofit marketing and development at Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI). There, she focused on social media marketing, graphic design, event planning, and donor outreach. She continued to work with MHAI as a volunteer graphic designer and event planner on its Junior Board for several years.
She previously worked with Chicago-based Heartland Health Outreach (HHO) as the communications coordinator, where she oversaw all of HHO’s communications. She led the creation of new communications outlets, including a new website and social media accounts.
Samantha graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Japanese.
As Senior Coordinator of the PFF Help Center, Jennifer Simokaitis responds to all telephone and email inquiries received by phone at 844.825.5733 and email at email@example.com. She provides reliable information about pulmonary fibrosis and assists members of the PF community in connecting with the range of programs, resources, and educational opportunities available through the PFF. Jennifer also facilitates the PFF Voices and PFF Caring Conversations telephone-based support groups.
Prior to joining the PFF, Jennifer worked on special projects for community-based and patient advocacy not-for-profit organizations.
Jennifer graduated from Miami University with a BA in English. She is also a Certified Professional Coach.
Meredith manages and maintains all aspects of the Development database. She works across departments to ensure data accuracy and integrity. She also oversees registration for events such as the PFF Summit and PFF Walks; the generation of large mailing and email lists; and any Development revenue reporting at the PFF.
Before joining the PFF, Meredith worked at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago managing their donor database and data processes, in addition to working as a social worker. Prior to that, she was employed in information technology at CNA Insurance.
Meredith graduated from Augustana College with a BS in Computer Science. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Sean is the assistant to the PFF President & CEO and the Chief Operating Officer. He also manages the IT department and special projects of the Foundation. Sean interacts with and coordinates among all departments at the Foundation, with a focus on operations, facilities, and support for HR.
He began his career in Cleveland in account relations/inventory management in the logistics field, then moved to Chicago and worked in the Strategies and Planning department at Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago. He later joined the PFF as Executive Assistant/Project Manager.
Sean graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Marketing.
Aubrey Trecek works with the PFF Care Center Network (CCN) to facilitate the improvement of care delivered to patients living with pulmonary fibrosis. She collaborates with the PFF VP of Clinical Affairs and Quality and the Manager of the Network to support and develop the CCN.
Prior to joining the PFF, Aubrey provided assistance to five anesthesia-related societies as a Senior Coordinator at Association Resource Center in Milwaukee. She was involved with membership, meeting planning, publication coordination, and email and social media marketing campaigns.
Aubrey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Communications Studies and Theater Arts