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.
Luis Arellano leads the PFF’s Care Center Network (CCN) – including the PFF Nurse and Allied Health Network Program (NAHN); Research Ancillary Studies; Geographic Information Systems; and Health Care Professional Education Materials. He also works with the PFF’s Medical Team and leadership organizing committees. Luis is responsible for the strategy and development of the CCN & NAHN to meet the needs to support patients, clinicians, and advocates.
Prior to joining the PFF, Luis worked in clinical research for North Park University. He has led cross-functional teams in the development, documentation and delivery of clinical process innovations driving the attainment of patient and clinical care.
Luis has a BA in Biochemistry from DePaul University and a clinical trial management certification from University of Chicago.
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.
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.
Sarah is responsible for the logistical support and project management of Broadway Belts for PFF! and the PFF Walk including event planning, email communications and walker outreach. She also contributes to the support of Community Walks and Team PFF events.
Sarah joined the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Development department in the spring of 2020.
She previously worked at CARE Physical Therapy as the office manager. She focused on managing the schedule of several therapists, creating a new employee manual, and ensuring every patient had a positive experience while receiving treatment at the practice.
Sarah graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management with minors in psychology, Italian, and music.
Brianna is a member of the PFF development team. As development manager, she works to cultivate and forge strong relationships with donors and volunteers. She oversees peer-to-peer fundraisers within the PFF Walk and Team PFF programs, and offers support to participants and volunteers.
Brianna began working in the non-profit sector at Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity where she served as a leadership consultant, executive assistant, and chapter development manager in the Membership and Education departments.
Brianna graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in International Relations and Spanish.
Gabriela Hernandez is responsible for video content management, email communications, and maintaining the PFF’s website. She also contributes to the development, implementation, and management of the PFF’s social media feeds.
Gabriela joined the PFF’s Marketing and Communications department in the summer of 2017.
She previously worked in DePaul University’s Career Center. She focused on reaching out to prospective employers and students for upcoming Career Center events, assisted in event planning, and coordinated the marketing of events.
Gabriela graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Digital Cinema.
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.
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.
Kelsey is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with external prospects and partners of the PFF. She oversees the Drug Development Pipeline, Clinical Trials Newsletter, sponsors and exhibitors of the biennial PFF Summit, and day-to-day partnership operations, including contract execution and fulfillment.
Prior to joining the PFF, Kelsey worked as the Medicare and lien resolution paralegal for Cooney & Conway, a plaintiff’s firm which specializes in asbestos litigation. She ensured the firm and its clients were compliant with federal laws and insurance obligations. This included reviewing claims listings for clients with injuries such as pulmonary fibrosis, and all communication with the clients and insurers regarding the reimbursement process.
Kelsey graduated with a BS in Dance management and a minor in English from Oklahoma City University.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Wardzala lends her expertise to all things development and oversees PFF’s fundraising events. She enjoys working with donors and finding ways that she can support them in their journeys.
Since joining the PFF five years ago, Amy has held multiple roles within the organization. Amy launched the PFF Walk program in 2017 and has supported the continued expansion of the program since its inception.
Amy has spent the majority of her career in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on peer-to-peer fundraising and events.
Amy graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Public Relations.
Jackie Williams leads the PFF’s fundraising events, including the signature gala, Broadway Belts for PFF! and the PFF Walk. In addition, she coordinates with the Foundation’s dedicated Team PFF volunteers to oversee third-party fundraisers that span across the country.
Jackie began her career in the nonprofit sector as a VISTA Volunteer, part of the AmeriCorps Program. Through this experience, she realized her passion for connecting volunteers and donors to impactful opportunities that make a difference in the community, and she has dedicated her career to this work ever since.
Most recently, Jackie worked at the United Way of Greater of Kansas City as the Manager of Key Partnerships where she developed relationships with and led fundraising campaigns for local corporations, before relocating to Chicago.
Jackie graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) emphasizing in nonprofit management and fundraising.