Bill Crossen

Bill Crossen has served on the local Leadership Council in Colorado for about seven years. He has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Fight for Air Climb for three years, helping make it one of the top three climbs in the country. He is currently serving as chair of the Leadership Council and has helped elevate the participation of Council members through his personal example.

Working through his employer, Anthem, he has helped increase the company’s corporate support for the Fight for Air Climb, increasing their support from $2,500 to $35,000 over several years. Bill has always looked for ways to make the Climb more successful. He personally pays the registration fees for many of his company team members to encourage them to try the climb and build a team. This has resulted in his team being the second largest team each year with approximately 60 members.

Bill has supported a new initiative in leadership council meetings called “Mission Moment,” in which members hear a presentation each time on a specific part of the mission. Bill has helped to expand committees within the leadership council so that all members serve on at least one substantial committee, and there are now ten standing committees. During his tenure as chair the leadership council has grown to 24 members. Bill has also helped initiate a Major Gifts Steering Committee which is focusing on the cultivation of higher capacity donors.

Bill serves on the following committees: Development, Fight for Air, Finance, Major Gifts Steering, Nominating, and Advocacy. He has attended the association’s Asthma Camp and is very supportive of all program initiatives. During meetings, Bill reminds everyone of the association’s mission for which they are raising funds and doing other support activities.

According to Curt Huber, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Colorado, “Bill Crossen is one of the most genuine and dedicated volunteers I have worked with over the last 30 years. His wife and children join him in working on many of our activities. He works for a large insurance company and is a strong advocate for us there. He donates money, collects pledges, leads meetings, and sweeps the floor after special events—he will take on any task, big or small, to keep the American Lung association moving forward.”