The AARC Looks Forward with New Leadership for 2021

 Published: December 30, 2020

By: Heather Willden


Paul Divis Announcement

AARC Board Names New Interim Executive Director

New leadership takes the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) helm for 2021. The AARC Board of Directors has named Paul Divis as Interim Executive Director.

A Texas native, Divis brings a lifetime of business, finance, and leadership experience to the AARC team. He received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his master’s from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

Most recently, Divis worked as the business development director with Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft manufacturer. There he led a team to selling $900 million in new sales. In addition to his business career, Divis is a former U.S. Army Officer.

“We are confident with Paul’s leadership and drive that AARC will continue to obtain and exceed organizational goals and objectives with a commitment to transparency and a forward-thinking,” said Sheri Tooley, BSRT, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, AARC President.

This change comes after the departure of Tom Kallstrom and Tim Myers, the AARC’s former executive director and chief business officer, respectively.

“We are encouraged and enthusiastic about 2021 as we begin a national search for a permanent executive director for the AARC,” Tooley said. “As always, our focus remains on the advancement of respiratory care, our patients, members, and organizational allies. We will continue to advance our mission and increase awareness and understanding about our profession.”

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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