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American Association for Respiratory Care

National Organization Install New Board Members for the Coming Year

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Dallas, TX (February 7, 2013) - The American Association for Respiratory Care, a 52,000-member national association for respiratory therapists, has announced its officers and directors for 2013.

George Gaebler, MSEd, RRT, assumed his duties as President of the AARC serving a two-year term for 2013 and 2014. He has served the Association and the New York State Society for Respiratory Care in a number of roles. Gaebler is Director of Respiratory Care at Upstate Medical Center and Golisono Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

Also serving or newly elected to office this year are: 

  • Vice President for Internal Affairs: Brian Walsh, MBA, RRT-NPS, Dallas, TX
  • Vice President for External Affairs: Colleen Schabacker, RRT, Cookeville, TN
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Frank Salvatore, MBA, RRT, Danbury, CT  
  • Past President: Karen Stewart, MSc, RRT, Charleston, WV

Directors include:

  • Bill Cohagen, RRT, Phoenix, AZ
  • Lynda Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, AE-C, Atlanta, GA
  • Fred Hill, RRT, Mobile, AL
  • Denise Johnson, RRT, Minneapolis, MN
  • Keith Lamb, RRT, Odessa, DE
  • Doug McIntyre, RRT, Destrehan, LA
  • Camden McLaughlin, RRT, Blacksburg, VA
  • Greg Spratt, RRT, CPFT, Philadelphia, MO
  • Joe Sorbello, MEd, RRT, Syracuse, NY
  • Sheri Tooley, RRT-NPS, Mendon, NY
  • Cynthia White, RRT-NPS, AE-C, Cincinnati, OH
  • Gary Wickman, RRT, Sedro Wooley, WA

House of Delegates officers include:

  • John Steinmetz (HOD Speaker), MBA, RRT, Reno, NV
  • Debra Skees (HOD Speaker-elect), RRT, CPFT, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Karen Schell (HOD Past Speaker), RRT-NPS, RPFT, RPSGT, Emporia, KS
  • Ross Havens (HOD Treasurer), MS, RRT, South Bend, IN
  • Teri Miller (HOD Secretary), MEd, RRT, CPFT, Macon, GA


RRT stands for Registered Respiratory Therapist
RRT-NPS stands for Registered Respiratory Therapist-Neonatal Pediatric Specialist
RPFT stands for Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist
RPSGT stands for Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
CRT stands for Certified Respiratory Therapist
AE-C stands for Asthma Educator-Certified 
CPFT stands for Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist

About the AARC

The American Association for Respiratory Care is a 52,000 member professional association of respiratory care professionals. The organization is dedicated to encouraging and promoting professional excellence, advancing the science of respiratory care, and to serve as an advocate for patients, their families and the public.

Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist are available at www.AARC.org

Contact: Sherry Milligan