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Local Leadership

Our Regional Board and Regional Management Team lead us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Southwest Regional Board

The regional board is the governing body responsible for strategic focus, organizational goals and measurable results in achieving the mission. The business of the board includes the equitable distribution of resources and programs as well as the development of volunteer structures across the entire region.

FY2019 Board of Directors

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

National Board Representative
Larry Blumenthal, M.B.A.
Dignity Health Medical Group
Cave Creek, AZ

Jeff Cellucci, Capital Senior Living Corporation,
Dallas, TX

Jan V. Eyer
Denver, CO

Wendy Lawson MPH, RRT, AE-C
Oklahoma Heart Hospital
Oklahoma City, OK

Craig Litle
Oklahoma City, OK

Lynn Rosenbach, M.D.
Banner Home Care
Scottsdale, AZ

Duane Ross, MD
TrueHealth New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Michael Siler
Practical Strategic Solutions
Salt Lake City, UT

Pete Sabal
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Larry Staples
in2IT Architecture
Las Vegas, NV

Julie Wilder, Ph.D.
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

Local Leadership Board

The purpose of the American Lung Association's Local Leadership Board to is raise the organization's profile in the community, advocate for lung health and increase resources to fund local programs and services.

Local Leadership Board members impact the work of the Association including: programs and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.

Board Members

  • Chair
    Grant Smedley
    Electrical Engineering Services, SRP
  • Vice Chair
    Jesse Eller
    Executive Director, Long Term Care and Medicare
    United HealthCare
  • Past Chair & National Board of Directors
    Larry Blumenthal
    VP of Finance, Physician Integration
    Dignity Health
  • Past Chair
    Lynn Rosenbach
    Banner Home Care
  • Jeff Garbe
    Director, Clinical Liaison, Health System Alliances
    CVS Health
  • David Sanderson, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine
    Emeritus, Mayo Clinic of Arizona
  • Leigh Naig
    Director, Norton Thoracic Institute
    Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Jane White
    Rehabilitation Services/Director
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Gregg Laridis
    Account Executive
    Swire Coco-Cola

Management Team

  • Kathleen Rubi, Executive Director; Southwest
  • Tammy Rocker, Division Vice President of Development, Southwest
  • Kelly Smith, Division Vice President of Health Promotions, Southwest
  • Stacey Mortenson, Division Director, Health Promotions, Southwest
  • Laura Zaccardi, National Manager of Human Resources

Staff Directory

Arizona Staff

JoAnna Strother, Director of Advocacy
Candace Alexander, Director, Health Promotions
Debi Holloway, Director, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
Joni Jones, Development Manager
Tina Carmelo, Office Manager
Annissa Biggane, Manager, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
Vanessa Eugenio, Specialist, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
Amanda Sturm, Specialist, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program
Danielle Bowen-Weiszmann, Specialist, Smoke Free Living Collaborative Program

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