Thankful Thoughts from the AARC Executive Team

 Published: November 20, 2018

By: Heather Willden


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AARC Executive Team

AARC members make this organization the success it is. More than that, you build and strengthen the respiratory care profession every day. As we prepare for this holiday season, the AARC executive team shares how grateful they are for each member.

“The AARC is thankful for its members and will be a stalwart protector of our profession and patients.” —Thomas Kallstrom, RRT, MBA, FAARC, AARC Executive Director

“Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and exploring what we are deeply thankful for in our lives. From a professional standpoint, I am thankful for our members being advocates for our patients each and every day across the continuum of care. I am also eternally grateful for their selfless commitment in supporting the AARC and the state societies as they are the heart and soul of those professional organizations that make our profession relevant and continue its movement forward.” —Timothy R. Myers, MBA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC, AARC Chief Business Officer

“I am grateful for the AARC members who take care of our loved ones in their most vulnerable times.” —Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, Associate Executive Director-Member Services

“Thanks for all you do. As an RRT myself, I know first-hand the work you do for our patients–often times without fanfare or appreciation. But you all know who’s the first team member to be called when stuff hits the fan…and so do I. Thanks for all you do!” —Douglas S. Laher, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Associate Executive Director

“I’m grateful for our members because they are dedicated, hard-working RTs who care about their patients and who demonstrate their value and expertise every day in the work they do throughout the health care delivery system so that those with chronic respiratory disease can lead the best life possible.” —Anne Marie Hummel, Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Government Affairs

“I am grateful for our members because they are passionate and engaged in their jobs and duties as healthcare professionals and strive to help patients live more fulfilled lives.” —Kris Kuykendall, Executive Assistant to CEO

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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