Today, the American Lung Association in Texas announced the addition of Charlotte Maffia as executive director of the state office, based in Dallas.
“Charlotte has a lengthy track record of expanding an organization’s impact as a local, state and regional leader at large non-profits,” said Tammy Rocker, the Division Vice President of the Lung Association, Southwest Region. “We believe that her diverse experience, insight into the healthcare industry and local roots will help us create a healthier Texas.”
Maffia joins the Lung Association following six years working for the Arthritis Foundation, where she served in a leadership role. During her time there, she successfully led and executed multiple fundraising events and built strong volunteer leaders for the organization. Prior to that, she was the Regional Development Director for the Food Allergy Research & Education Organization in Dallas.
“It is an honor to serve such a noble cause and I look forward to working for those who are fighting lung disease every day,” said Maffia. “Texas faces many health challenges, including a high smoking rate and too few smokefree air laws. 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 Texas, almost 4 million people suffer from lung disease, including nearly 15,000 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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.