American Lung Association Welcomes Michael V. Carstens to National Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2012)

The American Lung Association is proud to welcome Mr. Michael V. Carstens as a member of its National Board of Directors. Mr. Carstens is Vice President of Physicians Mutual in Omaha, Neb., and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region. In his national leadership role, Mr. Carstens will further support the American Lung Association’s lifesaving mission.

“Michael Carstens is a skilled professional who has devoted much of his time and talent to his community. His commitment to excellence coupled with his passion for public health will enhance the American Lung Association’s efforts to prevent lung disease and improve lung health,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Chair of the Board of the American Lung Association.

Mr. Carstens first joined the American Lung Association eight years ago as a volunteer in Nebraska. During this time, he worked to expand the organization’s reach throughout the community. In addition to serving as a Board Member of the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region, Mr. Castens has also held positions as an Asthma Walk Team Captain, a Leadership Council member, and a Nomination Committee Chairman. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Board and Board Development Committee Chairman for the American Lung Association of the Central States.

In his current role as a pricing actuary at Physicians Mutual, Mr. Carstens is responsible for the design, development and management of hospitalization, dental and Medicare Supplement insurance products. In addition, Mr. Carstens works extensively with distribution areas to promote the company’s products. As part of his work, Mr. Carstens is also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and is a member of the organization’s Medicare Steering Committee.

The American Lung Association is excited to add Michael Carstens to its Board of Directors. His leadership will bring added success to the organization’s fight for air.


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: