Charlotte Business Leader Motivated by Professional, Personal Experience to Improve Lung Health in North Carolina

Today, the American Lung Association in North Carolina announced that Rob Gonzalez has been elected to the Local Leadership Board of Directors. During the July 20 meeting, the Charlotte Leadership Board approved the FY22 Board slate, which included Gonzalez. 

Gonzalez is a senior district sales manager for Amgen Oncology, one of the premier biotechnology companies in the world. He is currently leading a team to launch a new therapeutic for non-small cell lung cancer with patients who have the KRAS G12C mutation, which accounts for approximately 13% of all non-small cell lung cancer. Prior to Amgen, he sold products for asthma, COPD and emphysema.

“I have seen the challenges that smoking can present first-hand with my father who began smoking as a teenager and failed quitting more times than I can remember. Today, my father continues to smoke and struggles with COPD,” said Gonzalez. “Also, my brother has suffered, since childhood, with asthma and I can recall the numerous times he was taken to the emergency room for breathing treatments and how he often had to stay indoors, rather than go outside to play for recess, for fear he’d have an asthma attack. Lastly, I have five sons, ranging from 12-28, and while none suffered from asthma (thankfully), I have had to deal with the issue of vaping with one of my sons and, as a result have educated myself on its impact. I am excited about the opportunity to align my interests and motivations to have a positive impact on lung health in North Carolina.”

The Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board of Directors, which has 12 members, helps lead the organization in its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The purpose of the Board to is raise the Lung Association’s profile in the community, advocate for lung health, and increase resources to fund local programs and services. Board members impact the work of the Association’s programs and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.

“Rob is passionate – both personally and professionally – about ending tobacco use and lung disease, so he will be an incredible volunteer leader for the Lung Association,” said Jennifer Hall, executive director for the Lung Association. “Thank you to the service of Rob, as well as our full Leadership Board, we are helping North Carolina residents breathe a little easier.”

The Lung Association in North Carolina conducts much of its work with money raised at fundraisers throughout the year. On October 14, the organization’s annual Turquoise Tasting will return to the Duke Mansion. The Lung Association is also planning its annual Fight For Air Climb in spring 2022. Learn more about local fundraising events at Lung.org. 

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
312-940-7001
[email protected]

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