Joe Helme

Joe Helme, Program Director of Respiratory Care at Concorde Career Institute and Respiratory Therapist, is being recognized for his tremendous work as a volunteer with the American Lung Association in a variety of different roles. Joe has been incredibly instrumental in speaking on behalf of the American Lung Association, particularly when it comes to advocacy. In the December legislative session, Joe presented information on flavored tobacco ordinances. His presentation had a very positive impact on the elected officials which has helped our association tremendously in the area of tobacco policy at the local level.

He brings an “outside of the box” approach to the American Lung Association, thinking of new and creative ways to engage constituents in Central Florida. When teaching his students about the work of respiratory care, he also includes speakers from the American Lung Association. He also encourages his students to volunteer, participate in events, and help the association grow in the Central Florida area.

He has served the association in a number of capacities including volunteering at the monthly Lung Cancer Support Group meetings, serving on the Mission Committee and the Fight for Air Run/Walk Committee. Joe not only has brilliant ideas, but he is willing to put forth the time and energy to make his ideas a reality. Joe’s personality can be described as energetic and contagious.

Joe also has a lot to celebrate. Recently his family moved from Georgia to join him in the Central Florida area. A book he has written on airways will soon be published.