Thank You for Being a Member

 Published: November 20, 2018

By: Heather Willden


photo of the AARC Board of Directors
AARC Board of Directors

Members of the AARC Board of Directors express their appreciation and gratefulness for all AARC members.

“I want to thank you for being a member of the AARC. Your membership represents your commitment to the respiratory therapy profession. It also represents your commitment to safe and effective patient care which all our patients deserve. Finally, thank you for being the model of professionalism to the public, new respiratory therapy graduates, and to your colleagues who are not members of the AARC.” —Lynda T. Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, Secretary-Treasurer, AARC Board of Directors

Because of your membership, our profession can BREATHE EASY. THANK YOU.” —Doug McIntyre, MS, RRT, FAARC, Director-at-Large

Thank you for being dedicated to your profession and to the AARC. Your membership helps the AARC to be strong!” —Susan Rinaldo Gallo, Med, RRT, CTTS, FAARC, Director-at-Large

“Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.’ I am grateful for the AARC members that help fight the good fight for our patients, our communities, our profession, and our colleagues. With your support and commitment, we can get things done.” –Debra Skees, MBA, RRT, CPFT, Director-at-Large

“I remember talking with a doctor one day and told that without the American Medical Association that his profession would be in trouble. The same goes for the AARC, without the AARC and our great members, I believe that our profession would be in trouble as well. The AARC membership is certainly the backbone and strength of the respiratory care profession. Let’s continue to build!” —John W. Lindsey, Jr., M.Ed., RRT-NPS, FAARC, Director-at-Large

Our members are our future and our future depends on our members. Thank you for being part of such a great organization. Your membership means everything!” —John Wilgis, MBA, RRT, Director-At-Large

“I have always said that respiratory therapists are unique individuals. Most of us were not interested in other health care professions but were attracted to respiratory care immediately. AARC members take this a step further by showing their passion for respiratory care, placing their patients first and pursuing excellence by supporting and volunteering for the AARC. Because of this, we THANK YOU!” —Dianne Lewis, MS, RRT, FAARC, Chair of President’s Council

Email with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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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