AARC Election 2021 — Dennis Guillot

Dennis Guillot


Dennis Guillot

Nicholls State University
Associate Professor Teacher Education/
Human Performance Education
Member Since: 1990

AARC Activities:

  • AARC Bylaws Chair 2019, 2021; AARC Bylaws Chair Elect 2018, 2020
  • AARC Membership Committee, 2017–2020.
  • AARC Sputum Bowl Committee 2018–2020.

House of Delegates Activities:

  • Delegate Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care 2016-2019.
  • Strategic Objective 8 Chair 2017.
  • Elections Committee 2016–17; Delegate Assistance Committee 2017; Professional Volunteerism and Mentoring Committee 2018-2019.

Affiliate Activities:

  • President Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care 2016–2017, 2018–2019; President Elect 2015; Intermediate Past President 2018, 2020; Treasurer 2005, 2009–2010; Chapter 7 President 2004; Vice President 2003.
  • PACT Member 2017-2020.
  • Educational Program Speaker Chair 2019; Online Registration Chair 2019–2020; Paper Program Review Committee 2016-2020; Sputum (Pelican) Bowl Chair 2005–2020; Legislative Chair 2018–2019; Nomination/Elections Chair 2016–2019.
  • Program Committee 2005–2020; Scholarship Committee 2009-2010

Related Organizations:

  • National Board for Respiratory Care Exam Item Writer, CRT, RRT, RPFT, CPFT, NPS, TMC since 2002.
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Member, since 1994, Item Writer CES and RCEP; National Strength & Conditioning Association, Member, since 2002; SHAPE America, Member since 2015.


  • Ph.D., RRT, FAARC
  • A.S., Respiratory Therapy Technology, 12/1991, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • B.G.S, Applied Science, 5/1994, University of Southwestern Louisiana; Lafayette, Louisiana (now ULL)
  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, 5/2015, M.S. in Kinesiology, 8/1996, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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?

First, as we, all fill positions in the AARC and State Affiliates to serve our profession and in return, we positively serve the membership of the AARC regardless of how diverse we all are. Reflecting our own positive motives to serve the large association, I believe mentoring someone is the most important way to serve. Weather it is in a State Affiliate’s Chapter, State Affiliate, or National office; we need to mentor by example. I will continue to do that. Secondly, promotion of students nationally and internationally will uplift the AARC as an organization. I believe the best way to promote students in a larger context is to create some type of student organization with in the AARC. I would support the creation of such a student organization. Finally, affiliate support follows the mentoring positive service. I would support any AARC initiatives for affiliates through workshops and other media and any new initiatives that help new leader be positive leaders of the future.

What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?

I believe we, as an international organization, should promote students in a larger context. My idea has always been to create some type of Student organization with in the AARC. Whether that is via a section created and have the students vote for the chairperson or have their own officers top to bottom and promote their own initiatives in line with the AARC. Many State Affiliates have student run programs (liaison or others) so many have some structure already. With the eventual move to a BS degree, students will be able to build and belong to this sub organization for 2 to 3 year once in RT programs. Finally, the idea is built with the concept of who better to recruit or foster long running memberships, than the students themselves as strive more buy in to the larger association. Increase membership by evolving students at a greater level in a more consistent fashion over various years giving them a stake in their future.

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