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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.

Southwest Region Board Representative
Jan V. Eyer
Senior VP of Field Operations
United Healthgroup / Optum

An Affair for Air Gala Co-Chair
Cindy George
Director, Sales and Marketing
American Medical Sales and Repairs

An Affair for Air Gala Co-Chair
Courtney Hutchison
Senior Vice President

Fight for Air Climb Co-Chair
Tiel Lundy
Instructor of Film and Media Studies
University of Colorado, Boulder

Board Chair
Douglas A. Nathan
Alcazar Financial Group

Fight for Air Climb Co-Chair
Stacy Ohlsson
Retired Teacher
Cherry Creek School District

Cathy Schwartz
Certified Financial Planner
Waddell & Reed

Southwest Region Representative
Chris Stanley MD, MBA

Run the Rocks Chair
Scott Yenzer
Superior Solutions International, LLC

At Large Members

  • John Brackney
    Director of Strategic Community & Public Policy Engagement
  • Tony DeCrosta
    Chief Plan Administrator - CU Health Plan
    University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust
  • Chris Haworth
    Associate Vice President, Revenue Requirements – Denver, CO
    Xcel Energy
  • Darren Johnston
    CIE Solutions, LLC
  • Robert Keith, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Marc Lemon
    Executive Director - Colorado Market
    Kindred Healthcare
  • Guillermo Mazier
    Business Development
    Atlas Advertising
  • Benjamin V. Miller
    Vice President Account Management
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Rob Melick
    VP Sales and Advertising
  • Derek Strader
    Regional Director - Cardiopulmonary Services
    Banner Health
  • Allen Wentworth
    Director - Clinical Operations

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

Colorado Staff

  • Amanda Ahumada, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Angela Byars, Office Manager
  • Ria Cordova, Communications Coordinator
  • Bob Doyle , Director of Lung Health Programs
  • Janell Lindberg, Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coordinator
  • Ellen Penrod, Executive Director
  • Ashlie Reynoso, Director of Development
  • Michael Sarna, Special Events Manager
  • Janna West-Heiss, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coordinator
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