American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region Announces CEO Sara Dreiling’s Retirement and Transition of Interim CEO

(October 3, 2013)

The American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region wishes to announce the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Sara Dreiling. Dreiling’s last day will be October 12, 2013 following the meeting of the Board of Directors. Dreiling has served the American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region for the past seven years and has contributed greatly to the success of the organization. The entire American Lung Association family is deeply grateful to Dreiling for dedicating her professional career to leading our organization as it has grown.

Vice President of Public Policy, Jennifer Cofer, will be the Interim Chief Executive Officer until a permanent replacement can be found. Cofer has more than twelve years of experience working in public health and the nonprofit sector. In her eight year tenure at the American Lung Association, she has worked in a variety of roles in implementing American Lung Association programs, building asthma coalitions, public health education, fundraising, lobbying and executive administration. She has been employed with the American Lung Association since 2005. She maintains effective relationships with donors, government and community agencies as well as public and private organizations. She is also skilled at identifying and securing funding to sustain lung health program and advocacy initiatives.

In addition to Cofer, the remaining members of the Senior Management Team remain committed to the mission and work of the American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region. This group of dynamic and talented leaders will continue their work to bring growth and success to the organization.

The American Lung Association is searching for a permanent CEO and expects to announce its decision in the coming months.