Vice President — External
Professor/Director of Clinical Education Member Since: 1987
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Elections Committee Questions:
Within your role, and if given the opportunity, how would you incorporate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to uphold, update, and uplift the AARC as an organization, all AARC affiliates, and all AARC members?
As I am already a sitting member on the AARC Board of Directors, I can appreciate the need for all of these. If elected, the skills and knowledge that I have learned and incorporated over the years will be most helpful in moving our profession and organization forward. I believe that professionals all over our great country and the around the globe should be included in all aspects of our profession and the AARC. I don’t believe in exclusion of anyone that has a passion for our profession. We all need to be accountable for our profession. I would use one-on-one mentoring, be open to all communication and certainly listen to all feedback. My past experience can lead to a better understanding to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and to uphold, update and uplift the AARC! I have years of experience as a respiratory care department director and as an educator. I feel that this will aid in moving our profession forward and to new and great heights.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
It is very important, in my opinion, the engage and include non-members through personal contact, inclusion and very much listening to their needs. I am often asked by non-members just what does the AARC do for me and I am always quick with one answer for sure – Without the AARC, I don’t believe that we would have a profession. The AARC is our watchdog is you will. Showing a non-member the advantages of AARC membership and also understanding why someone is not a member can give us all insight on how to engage and include the non-members and they may very well then become a member. Knowing the person and then connecting with that person can open up all sorts of possibilities. Try imaging being their place! As an AARC Vice President, I would work to ensure the continued growth of our profession and the AARC! Membership is so very important to me!
Promoting the profession is considered one of the greatest opportunities, what are your ideas to help realize this opportunity?
We must advance our profession to meet future needs and challenges of healthcare. We need to continue to push for the advances degrees and I am not just talking about the BS degree, but Master Degree and the Advanced Practice Degree which we are already seeing come to fruition. I feel that it is important for directors and educators to have all of the tools and resources needed to help with these opportunities. Accelerating these processes is necessary to retain the highest degree of competence and professionalism in the medical field and the respiratory care profession. I would like to see the AARC continue to collaborate with other organizations to aid and assist in the demand for highly trained professionals. As Vice President for External Affairs, I would aid the AARC President in promoting our ever expanding profession and help retain and cultivate strong relationships and always be open to communication and to ensure the continued growth of our profession.Back to Candidate List