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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.

California 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 Governing Board

David Pogue

Vice Chair
Mark Johnson

Stephen Legg

David Tom Cooke, MD

Immediate Past Chair (2014-2016)
Susan Griffin

National Board
Cherly Calhounr

Steve Cramer

Afif El-Hasan, MD

Billy Kim

David Madsen

Debbie Newman

Sue Padernacht

Lynn Paquin

Mary Strenn

Kristi VandenBosch

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.

Bakersfield - Leadership Board
Daryl Thiesen - Chair
Ian Anderson
Todd Egland
Becky Lightner
Tony Moreno
Jimmy Phillips
John Rodgers
Brian Ruff, RT
Tonya Sterling
Pearl Urena

Greater Bay Area - Leadership Board
Mark Di Giorgio - Chair
Vandana Bali
Jack Colburn
John Epperson
Mary Pruniki, MD

Los Angeles - Leadership Board
Donald W. Larsen, MD - Chair
Mickey Anderson
Marco Chu
Stacie Endler
David Hernandez
Daniel Oh, MD
Jinha Park, MD
Daniel Raz, MD
Harmik Soukiasian, MD
Tami Tittelfitz, RN, DNPc, NP-C

Inland Counties - Leadership Board
Aimee French, MD - Chair
Ted Bezuneh, RT
Leonard Carreathers, RT
Mitchell Goldstein, MD
Andrei Livanu, RRT-NPS, RCP
Rodney Lynch, RT
Catherine Mckee
Diana Mckee, RT
Jeanette Tupper-Shearer, BS, PHN, RN
Mitchell Winnik, RRT, MBA

San Diego - Leadership Board
John Sowers - Chair
Julie Dunlap
Natalie Germuska
Scott Holmen
Neil Matheson
Judy Muller-Cohn
Julie Ryu
Lucy von Buttlar
Jennifer Ziegaus Wahl

Management Team

  • Olivia J. (Gertz) Diaz-Lapham, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Anna S. Ryan, Senior Vice President, Field Operations
  • Vanessa Marvin, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Bo Smith, Vice President, Strategic Communications
  • Denise Muniz, Associate Vice President, Donor Development
  • Jill Arnstein, Managing Director, Greater Los Angeles
  • Terry Roberts, Managing Director, Inland Empire
  • Jeffrey Wheeler, Managing Director, San Diego
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