American Lung Association Names New Slate of Officers for National Board of Directors

Chicago (July 1, 2014)

The American Lung Association recently announced that Kathryn A. Forbes, CPA, has been elected Chair of the organization’s national Board of Directors.  Forbes will serve a two-year term in that position, providing leadership and support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward a strategic plan to achieve their vision of creating a world free of lung diseases, including lung cancer.

“Kate is a very talented, passionate and natural leader who brings a wealth of professional and volunteer experience to the American Lung Association,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq., Past Chair of the National Board of the American Lung Association. “I have no doubt that under Kate’s leadership nationwide we will make great strides in our quest to improve lung health, prevent lung disease and defeat lung cancer.”

Joining Forbes as officers on the Board are John F. Emanuel as Vice Chair and Penny J. Siewert as Secretary and Treasurer.  Emanuel and Siewert will serve one-year terms.

Newly elected chair Forbes, a resident of Phoenix, AZ, has served as Vice President and Controller for Arizona Public Service Company, Senior Vice President and Western Operations Manager for Bank One Services Corporation and as CFO of eTec.  With more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, finance, executive management and auditing, she has lead large organizations and managed several business ventures. She has been a member of the Lung Association’s national Board since 2009.

Emanuel, of Milwaukee, WI, is a long-time volunteer with the American Lung Association who joined the national board in 2010.  He is a partner at the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.  His practice focuses on corporate and business law. He works with non-profit and charitable organizations and holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.  He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1978.

Siewert lives in Eagle, WI and is a retired vice president and general manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin.  She began volunteering with the American Lung Association in Wisconsin in 1993 and joined the national Board in 2013.  In addition to her work with the Lung Association, she served as the president of the LaFarge Lifelong Learning Institute board of trustees.


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: