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Local Leadership

Our Regional Board and Regional Management Team lead us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Southwest Regional Board

The regional board is the governing body responsible for strategic focus, organizational goals and measurable results in achieving the mission. The business of the board includes the equitable distribution of resources and programs as well as the development of volunteer structures across the entire region.

FY2017 Board of Directors

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

At-Large Director, National Board of Directors
Linn P. Billingsley
Kindred Hospital
Las Vegas, NV

Chair, National board Representative
Larry Blumenthal, M.B.A.
Dignity Health
Cave Creek, AZ

Civic Leader
Kathy Eskew, RN, BA, MHA
San Antonio, TX

Jan V. Eyer
United Healthgroup/Optum
Denver, CO

Kate Forbes
Electric Applications, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

Wendy Lawson, MPH, RRT, AE-C
Oklahoma Heart Hospital
Oklahoma City, OK

Kelly LeGrow
Brown and Brown Insurance of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Craig Litle
First Fidelity Bank
Oklahoma City, OK

Duane Ross, MD
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Michael Siler
Practical Strategic Solutions
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris Stanley, M.D., M.B.A.
Catholic Health Initiatives
Denver, CO

Julie Wilder, Ph.D.
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

Rebecca Wooters
CITI Cards
Irving, TX

Local Leadership Board

The purpose of the American Lung Association's Local Leadership Board to is raise the organization's profile in the community, advocate for lung health and increase resources to fund local programs and services.

Local Leadership Board members impact the work of the Association including: programs and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.

Phoenix Board Members

  • Chair
    Lynn Rosenbach
    Banner Home Care
  • Larry Blumenthal
    Goodnight Pediatrics
  • Susan Cordier
    Care 1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc.
  • Kristen Torres
    Campus Director
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Alan Crawford
    Quality Specialist, Clinical Performance Assessment and Improvement (CPAI)
    Banner Desert Medical Center
  • Derek Strader
    Cardiopulmonary Services Director
    Banner Boswell Medical Center
  • Jeff Garbe
    Director, Clinical Liaison, Health System Alliances
    CVS Health
  • Lanre Kolawole
    Pharmacy District Coordinator
    Fry's Food and Drug Stores
  • David Sanderson, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine
    Emeritus, Mayo Clinic of Arizona
  • Grant Smedley
    Electrical Engineering Services, SRP
  • Roger Brown
    Vice President, Business Development
    United HealthCare Community and State
  • Kristi McShay
    Vice President Cardiovascular and Thoracic Services
    Dignity Health
    St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Karen Cawley
    Market CEO
    Kindred Hospitals
  • Jane White
    Rehabilitation Services/Director
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Christopher Cannizzo
    United Healthcare Group

Tucson Board Members

  • Board Chair
    Charles Farber
    Pharmacy Manager
    CVS Health
  • Marlene Harris
    Vice President, Senior Account Executive
    GBP Risk Solutions
  • Ashleigh Rodriguez
    Banner University Medical Center Tucson
  • Lynn Myers
    Kindred Healthcare
  • Don Awerkamp
    Attorney at Law
    Awerkamp and Bonilla, PLC
  • Alan Barreuther, PharmD.
  • Matt Hountz
    Chik-fil-A at El Con
  • Keith Kaback, MD
  • Marc Lemon
    Kindred Hospitals
  • Patricia Shaffer
    Shaffer Dry Cleaning

Management Team

  • Bill Pfeifer, Executive Vice President, Southwest Region
  • Kelly Smith, Senior Vice President of Programs
  • Laura Zaccardi, Senior Vice President of Human Resources
  • JoAnna Strother, Regional Director of Public Policy

Staff Directory

Phoenix Staff

  • Candace Alexander, COPD Coalition Manager
  • Lynn Behlendorf, Program Sales Manager - Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
  • Mary Alba Kurth, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
  • Maude LaBelle, Program Coordinator - Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
  • Kristen Lecak, Office Assistant
  • Stacey Mortenson, Program Director
  • Julie Reid, Executive Director
  • Brenda Serna, Program Manager - Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
  • Kacia Huddleston, Program Manager - Smoke Free Collaborative Program
  • Sarah Ambrose, Development Manager

Tucson Staff

  • Julie Reid, Executive Director
  • Donna Bryson, Program Manager, Lung Health Education
  • Emily Waldron, Program Manager - Smoke Free Collaborative Program
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