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Lung Association Adds Non-Profit Veteran to Head Minnesota Efforts

(November 27, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Today, the American Lung Association in Minnesota announced the addition of Missi Arens as executive director of the state office, based in St. Paul.

“Arens has a lengthy record of professionalism, commitment to mission and a proven fundraising track record. We look forward to having her as a vital part of our Lung Association team,” said Lewis Bartfield, chief division officer, western division, for the Lung Association. “We believe that her diverse experience, passion for philanthropy and local roots will help us create a healthier Minnesota.”

Arens joins the Lung Association from the Fairview Foundation, where she served as senior philanthropy officer. During her time there, she developed and executed a strong philanthropy strategy, which resulted in lasting partnerships with individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. Prior to joining Fairview, she served in a succession of leadership roles for more than 17 years with the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. In her role as vice president of funded initiatives, she was responsible for leading a team that raised $2.2 million comprised sponsorships, corporate gifts, grants, civic groups, individuals, businesses and events.

“It is an honor to serve such an important cause and I look forward to working to help those who are fighting lung disease every day,” said Arens. “Minnesota faces many health challenges, including rising teen tobacco use rates and low awareness of lung cancer. I will strive to strengthen our fundraising events so that we can support local lung health programs in the community to help our state improve their lung health and reduce the burden of lung disease.”

In Minnesota, there are more than 500,000 people who suffer from lung disease, including an estimated 3,000 who battle lung cancer. The Lung Association helps save lives locally by raising awareness about the risk factors of lung disease, helping people manage their illness through educational trainings, by funding research to find a cure for lung cancer and much more.


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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