John Cloud

John Cloud has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association since 1984. John is passionate about the work of the American Lung Association, and his interest in what we do is personal. John was first exposed to the devastating effects of lung disease in 1968 when his father died, due in part to his chain-smoking habit. After the death of his father, John became an anti-tobacco advocate. In the mid-1980s, John's mother was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also due to her smoking addiction. He lost his mother to lung disease in 1995. In 1998, John lost his long-standing secretary and friend to lung cancer, also caused by a lifetime of smoking.

John's volunteer work with the American Lung Association of Ohio began when he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dayton affiliate. He served as president of the affiliate from 1989-91. In 1990, John was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Ohio. He served on that board as treasurer from 1995-1997, vice-chair from 1997-1999, and chair from 1999-2001. At the state level, John serves on the Executive Committee, the Cultural Diversity Committee, and the Merger Committee and is Chairman of the Merger Governance & Legal Workgroup. John was elected to the National Board of the American Lung Association in May. Prior to that, he was representative delegate from Ohio to the national Council.

John is always ready to give his time and energy to the Lung Association. Recently, he shared his legal expertise in a Planned Giving Seminar for Professionals. He also works to cultivate donors through the American Lung Association of Ohio's partnership with the Dayton Foundation. John is a dedicated volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond.

In his volunteer work at both the local and national level, John has been a strong voice in promoting diversity within the organization. John chairs the Cultural Diversity Committee of the American Lung Association of Ohio and also serves on the national Cultural Diversity Committee. Tracy Ross, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of Ohio, said "John's leadership and dedication to diversity have helped us advance our mission and will transform us from the good organization we are today into the great organization we desire to become