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American Lung Association Elects Officers for 2017-2018 National Board of Directors

Please note local interest and learn more about individual board members.

(August 3, 2017) - CHICAGO

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The American Lung Association recently elected officers for its 2017-2018 national board of directors. The board provides volunteer leadership and governance support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward a strategic plan to achieve the organization's vision of a world free of lung disease, including lung cancer.

"We are delighted to announce the board members that will guide the Lung Association as we work to maximize our mission and strengthen our role as the leading voice for lung disease patients and caregivers across the country," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "The newly elected board and officers bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the Lung Association, helping us improve the lung health of all Americans."

John F. Emanuel, JD, chair of the organization's national board of directors, will serve the second year of his two-year term. Other officers include Stephen R. O'Kane as secretary and treasurer, and Kathryn A. Forbes, CPA, past board of directors chair and governance committee chair.

"John Emanuel is long-time supporter and volunteer of the Lung Association, whose leadership as chair this past year has already exhibited the passion and strong vision he has for our lifesaving work," Wimmer said. "His continued leadership, and that of our returning and newly elected board members will advance our mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. The Lung Association has named defeating lung cancer a strategic imperative of the organization, and their leadership is especially important as we continue to build awareness about lung cancer and support for patients through our LUNG FORCE initiative."

"I have great confidence that we are making decisive strides toward a world free of lung disease, but there is much yet to be done," Wimmer said. "With the expertise and experience of this dedicated group of volunteer leaders, I believe we are best positioned to see these goals become a reality."

The 2017-2018 American Lung Association National Board of Directors:
Linn P. Billingsley, BSN, Las Vegas, Nev.
Larry Blumenthal, Cave Creek, Ariz.
Michael F. Busk, M.D., MPH, Indianapolis, Ind.
Cheryl A. Calhoun, CPA, MBA, Los Angeles, Calif.
Christopher Carney, Perkasie, Pa.
Michael V. Carstens, Omaha, Neb.
Mario Castro, M.D., MPH, St. Louis, Mo.
John F. Emanuel, JD, Milwaukee, Wis., chair
Kathryn A. Forbes, CPA, Phoenix, Ariz., past chair
Sumita B. Khatri, MD, M.S., Cleveland, Ohio
Robert K. Merchant, MD, M.S., Billings, Mont.
Stephen J. Nolan, Esq., Baltimore, Md.
Stephen R. O'Kane, San Diego, Calif., secretary/treasurer
Harry Perlstadt, Ph.D., MPH, Haslett, Mich.
Jane Z. Reardon, MSN, APRN, CS, AE-C, Granby, Conn.
Al Rowe, Marion, Iowa
Penny J. Schilz, Eagle, Wis.
Kathleen M. Skambis, B.S., JD, MBA, Orlando, Fla.
Johnny A. Smith, Jr., St. Louis, Mo.
Jeffrey T. Stein, CFP, CRPS, Avon, Conn.
Karin A. Tollefson, PharmD, Indianapolis, Ind.
Hanley H. Wheeler, Fisher, Ind.


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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