Kent Booraem of Essex Named Chair of American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Board of Directors

(September 20, 2013)

Kent Booraem photoThe American Lung Association of the Northeast has announced that Kent Booraem, of Essex, is the newest Chair of its 25-member Board of Directors. Booraem, who has been a volunteer board member with the American Lung Association in Vermont since 2004, is an agent at State Farm Insurance and the owner of Kent Booraem Insurance Agency, Inc. in Colchester.  He’s been with State Farm Insurance for 32 years and has been an agent with the company for 27 years.  Mr. Booraem previously served as Secretary and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of New England and, most recently, Vice Chair of the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s board. The organization serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. 
 
“The American Lung Association of the Northeast is fortunate to have a leader at the helm that is as dedicated to lung health as Kent Booraem,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Kent first became involved with the Lung Association because he needed help quitting smoking.  He’s personally benefitted from the Lung Association’s programs and later served as a facilitator of our Freedom From Smoking® program, helping others to quit. Kent has become one our greatest advocates for expanding smoking cessation services in Vermont and across the Northeast.”

Booraem has been very active in the Lung Association’s clean air and tobacco control advocacy.  He’s worked with public officials to pass the Vermont anti-idling law and implement the state’s law to reduce pollution from outdoor wood boilers.   He continues to advocate for a higher cigarette tax in Vermont so as to discourage youth from beginning to smoke.

 “While we’ve made a great deal of progress in improving lung health and reducing tobacco use over the years, much more needs to be done,” said Kent Booraem. “Each day 3,500 kids try their first cigarette and many later become addicted.  Lung cancer remains the remains the number one cancer killer of both men and women.  I look forward to continuing to work to help the Lung Association save more lives by ensuring that the research, education and advocacy needed to tackle these issues continues to get done. It’s a true privilege to serve on the board of the nation’s oldest public health organization and it’s an honor to work to further such an important mission.”

 

As Chair of the Board of Directors, Booraem will preside at all meetings and will work with fellow members to lead the Lung Association’s fight for healthy lungs and healthy air throughout the Northeast.  Booraem will work regionally to ensure research, education and advocacy efforts cover all lung diseases, including asthma, COPD and lung cancer.