Lisa M. Trujillo, DHSc, RRT
Director of Clinical Education
Weber State University
Member Since: 2003
Elections Committee Questions:
What AARC or Chartered Affiliate offices/positions have you held where you feel you made a significant contribution to our profession? What is the contribution and how will you apply it to your new position, if elected?
I have served on the Utah Society for Respiratory Care (USRC) board of directors in the offices of director, president, and delegate and I have participated on a variety of committees. I have also participated in local legislation, budgeting and conference planning, membership initiatives, and management seminar development. On a national level, I led the initiative to develop an International Medical Mission Roundtable within the AARC where members can come together, exchange ideas, collaborate, and support medical mission work. I currently serve as a director-at-large on the AARC Board of Directors, where I am the chair of the Strategic Objective #2 Committee. Each of these offices/positions has helped me develop leadership skills that I can readily apply to this position. I feel that my experience as liaison with national and international agencies, associations, and organizations will help me serve our organization and our membership as well as interact professionally with external agencies, associations, and organizations that collaborate with the AARC.
What experience would you bring to the AARC to accomplish the goals set out by President Walsh?
Through my experience as a respiratory therapist, an educator, and an advocate for our profession in local, state, national, and international arenas, I have developed skills that enable me to diplomatically and effectively communicate with diverse groups in order to reach common goals. I have also worked diligently as an AARC director-at-large during my term to impact the educational expectations of our profession and to support initiatives brought before the board that serve our membership and our patients. I strive to engage in healthy collaborations, extend professional courtesy, support cooperative research, and encourage stimulating creativity among my AARC relationships. This is key to achieving the goals set forth by President Brian Walsh of quality care, patient safety, and exceptional value. Focusing my efforts on these goals will allow me to represent the membership and support initiatives that benefit our patients, their families, the public, and the profession.
What ideas do you have to attract non-members to join the AARC?
Through my involvement at the state level and national level, I have had many conversations that revolve around increasing membership. Unfortunately, apathy and lack of understanding the importance of membership seem to be common themes. I feel our greatest strength in increasing membership is through the involvement of students in state affiliate and national opportunities. If engaged early, students and new graduates will grasp the importance of being involved in their professional society. This type of grassroots emphasis will capture the invaluable enthusiasm that students and new graduates have for the profession and will result in greater retention of membership in this population. One example is the student mentorship opportunity available through the AARC House of Delegates. This has been highly successful in Utah. We have observed first-hand the impact engaged students have on the profession and membership.
What do you see is your role in being a member of the AARC Board of Directors and what specific issues that face the profession now would you see as something you’d like the AARC BOD to work on?
As a member of the board of directors, I will have the unique opportunity to serve in leading organization for respiratory care throughout the world. My role is to carefully review all initiatives brought to the board for consideration, keep the patient in mind with all decisions, and to represent the membership of the organization. My role is to share creative and innovative ideas as I participate in committee appointments and other board activities that help shape the future of the profession. As research, technology, and advanced therapies continue to drive our profession, educational advancement is also necessary. In order to ensure that future respiratory therapists are prepared to move into the workforce, entry level into the workplace at a bachelor’s degree level is essential. One step towards accomplishing this is to encourage respiratory therapists to pursue graduate degrees in order to serve as educators.
The following illustrates how I meet the minimum requirements as outlined for this position:
I have been an active member of the AARC for over 13 years. During this time, I have served in several affiliate positions and currently serve as a director-at-large on the AARC Board of Directors. My current employer is an active member and is extremely supportive of the AARC and of my involvement in the organization as a member and as an elected representative. Through my experience in leadership of my state affiliate, my current position on the AARC board, and as a practitioner, I have focused my professional efforts on the mission and vision of the AARC. As an educator, I am held to a standard of effective and timely communication, which is essential to the progress of any organization.
The following illustrates how I meet the preferred characteristics as outlined for this position:
My experience in leading groups and implementing projects includes my work at the affiliate level as president, director, and delegate. I have served as our annual conference program chair. I also have experience developing fundraising projects that involve multiple volunteers and community partners. For the past 11 years, I have led 20+ medical mission trips abroad. This leadership requires managing people, budgets, scheduling, diplomacy, collaboration, and organizational skills. I currently serve as the chair of the AARC Strategic Objective #2 Committee, as appointed by the president.