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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
Vice President
Brown and Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc.

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.


  • Minta Albietz
    Chief Executive Officer
    Kindred Hospital Flamingo
  • Shelley Berkley
    CEO and Senior Provost
    Touro University Western Division
  • Linn Billingsley
    Division Vice President
    Las Vegas Integrated Care Market,Kindred Healthcare Inc.
  • Marilyn Gubler
    Chief Executive Officer
    Gubler/Kelch Enterprises
  • Connie Jones
    Responsible Gaming Strategies
  • Lisa King
  • Brian Kleven
    Cheif Financial Officer
    St. Rose Dominican-Sienna Campus
  • Kelly LeGrow
    Vice President
    Brown and Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc.
  • Art Little
    Professor-Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program
    College of Southern Nevada
  • Ryan Moon
    Chief Operating Officer
    Henderson Hospital
  • Mike Murphy
    President and General Manager
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Nevada
  • Patti Peterson
    Senior Financial Advisor
    Desert Crest Financial
  • Pete Sabal
    Regional Vice President
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Nevada
  • Mike Sexton
    Business Banking Manager
    Wells Fargo Bank
  • Steve Shell
    Chief Executive Officer
    Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
  • Larry Staples
    in2IT Architecture
  • Paul Stewart MD
    Medical Director
    Pulmonary Associates
  • Brent Wright
    Chief Executive Officer
    Wright Engineers

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

Las Vegas Staff

  • Kristina Crawford, Executive Director
  • Valerie Weiderman, Director of Development
  • Will Rucker, Director of Programs
  • Linda Tausendfreund, Program Coordinator
  • Michele Vogan, Administrative Assistant
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