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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.

Board Chair
Karen Smoot


  • Diego Arencon
    New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association
  • Patrick Baldonado
    Board Chair
  • Hugh Church
  • Elizabeth Clewett Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Community Volunteer
  • Rich Dowdican
    HME Specialists, LLC
  • Lisa Knigge-Huntsman
    Campus Director
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Denise A Leonardi, MD FAAFP MBA
    Chief Medical Officer
    UHC Community Plan-NM
  • Sean Martinez
    Vice President, Business Banking
    First Citizen Bank
  • Cheryl Mitchell
    Administrator, Presbyterian Primary Care
    Presbyterian Healthcare Service
  • Grace McCoskey
    Albuquerque Business First
  • Carly Newlands
    Communications and Marketing Manager
    UNM Medical Group
  • Russ Rhoades
  • Duane Ross
    Board Chair
  • David Royster, R.Ph.
    CVSHealth District Manager New Mexico Market
  • Bud Schawl, FACHE
    Kindred Hospital
  • Karen Smoot
  • Dona Upson, MD
    Veterans Hospital
  • Julie Wilder, PhD
    Sandia National Laboratories, Project Lead
  • Eileen Wisler

If you are interested in serving as a New Mexico Board Member, please contact Terry Huertaz.

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

New Mexico Staff

  • Terry Huertaz, Executive Director
  • Kathy Moseley, Program Manager
  • Rebecca Padilla, Development & Program Coordinator
  • Natalie Pena, Director of Programs
  • Migdalia Estrada, Office Assistant
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