Bloomfield Resident Named as Chair of the American Lung Association’s Connecticut Leadership Board
(August 5, 2015)
Growing up with two parents who smoked made Robert Braswell of Bloomfield aware at an early age of the effects tobacco addiction can have on those who smoke and those around them. Now Braswell is ready to use his new position as Chair of the American Lung Association in Connecticut’s Leadership Board to continue to help others with lung health issues
As someone with asthma and allergies, Braswell said his parents’ smoking exasperated his symptoms. His mother also experienced early stages of emphysema. Now, in his new position, he wants to help others in similar situations. “One thing that really attracted me to the Lung Association was its focus on asthma education and awareness; I think people would be amazed how many people who have asthma don’t know how to use their own inhalers. The difference between knowing and not knowing how to use it can be live-saving,” Braswell said.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Robert came to Connecticut to play football at UCONN, where he majored in Health Systems Management. Braswell saw the opportunity to work with the Lung Association as a way to give back and educate others on lung health issues he was familiar with. Braswell has been a member of the Connecticut Leadership Board for five years. “As the new Chair, I hope to continue the work our group is already doing. Our Turquoise Takeover campaign is awesome and has helped to spread awareness that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in men and women.
“The Lung Association is honored to have Robert as the new Chair of our Leadership Board in Connecticut,” said Jeff Seyler President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Robert’s extensive background in leading large groups as well as his personal ties to our mission will be a great asset in his new position.”
Currently, Braswell is the Second Vice President of Information Technology for Travelers Insurance. “I’m excited to be taking over as Chair. I believe my business background will help me work with the other members of the board and my leadership skills with help drive the Lung Association’s mission forward,” Braswell said.