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American Lung Association Elects Volunteer Officers for 2018-2019 National Board of Directors

Please note local interest and learn more about individual board members

(July 31, 2018) - CHICAGO

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Allison MacMunn
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The American Lung Association recently elected its 2018-2019 national board of directors. The all-volunteer board provides leadership and governance in support of the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, including lung cancer—the leading cancer killer in America.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our long tradition of voluntary leadership and announce this year’s board members who will guide our strategic plan to achieve our vision of a world free of lung disease,” said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. “Electing a board of this caliber, experience and dedication instills confidence that our organization and its lifesaving mission is in good hands.”

Penny J. Schilz will serve a two-year term as the chair of the organization’s national board of directors. Other officers include Stephen R. O’Kane as secretary and treasurer, and John F. Emanuel, JD, past board chair.

“Penny Schilz has been an active and dedicated volunteer for the American Lung Association since 1993, including serving on the leadership board of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin and on our national board of directors,” Wimmer said. “Her extensive skills in finance, revenue generation and marketing are particularly valuable at this time when we are working to expand our mission impact and reach, especially through our strategic cause campaign LUNG FORCE and our critical research program.”

The 2018-2019 American Lung Association National Board of Directors:
Jennifer M. Bazante, BA, MBA, Louisville, Kentucky
Rabih I. Bechara, M.D., FCCP, Atlanta, Georgia
Linn P. Billingsley, BSN, Las Vegas, Nevada
Larry Blumenthal, Cave Creek, Arizona
Michael F. Busk, M.D., MPH, Indianapolis, Indiana
Cheryl A. Calhoun, CPA, MBA, Los Angeles, California
Michael V. Carstens, Omaha, Nebraska
David Casey, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Anne E. Dixon, M.D., Shelburne, Vermont
John F. Emanuel, JD, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, past chair
David G. Hill, M.D., Waterbury, Connecticut
Mark C. Johnson, San Diego, California
Sumita B. Khatri, M.D., M.S., Cleveland, Ohio
Robert K. Merchant, M.D., M.S., Billings, Montana
Stephen R. O’Kane, San Diego, California, secretary/treasurer
Jonathon K. Rosen, Wilton, Connecticut
Al Rowe, Marion, Iowa
Penny J. Schilz, Eagle, Wisconsin, chair
Kathleen M. Skambis, B.S., JD, MBA, Orlando, Florida
Johnny A. Smith, Jr., St. Louis, Missouri
Karin A. Tollefson, PharmD, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sterling QL Yee, MBA, Honolulu, Hawaii


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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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