Thank you for voting for our 2019-2020 Board of Director positions. Simply review the candidate biographies below and make your selections at the bottom of the page.
Please only one vote per active AARC member, numbers will be validated. Associate and Student members are not eligible for voting per AARC guidelines.
Voting ends February 25th 2019!!
Juan is currently the Coordinator AHA for University of Colorado Hospital responsible for ACLS, NRP, PALS, hospital resuscitation, and mock code training. Juan has served on the CSRC Board for the last 8 years as Secretary, Grant committee member, PACT representative, and President of the CSRC. Juan’s experience as President of the CSRC, PACT Representative, and renewing Colorado’s RT licensure has prepared Juan in working with AARC and this new role as Delegate. Juan was awarded the CSRC Practitioner of the Year in 2015. Juan has worked at University of Colorado Hospital as a Neuro ICU primary, STAR Clinical Ladder Chairman, and PIMA Clinical Instructor.
Allen has been a respiratory therapist 37 years. Twenty eight of those years in a formal leadership role. Allen held President Elect, President and past President for two terms, totaling 8 years of service in the late 90s and early 2000’s. Allen was a CSRC PACT Representative for 16 years, making 16 trips to DC to lobby for patients. Allen’s focus has been on patients workin to improve their quality of life and access to respiratory therapists.
Kevin is a registered respiratory therapist with 32 years of experience and is board certified in patient safety and adult critical care. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Colorado State University and currently serves as the director of respiratory care and sleep diagnostics for the University of Colorado Health System in Colorado Springs. In his past roles, he has served as an environment of care officer, patient experience director, risk manager, and patient safety officer. Kevin has authored and co-authored a number of articles and toolkits, primarily focusing on patient safety and respiratory care topics. Kevin is currently serving as the Southern Chapter President for the CSRC and has also been active with the AARC as the past chair of the Patient Safety Round Table.
Shawna is the current Program Director for the Respiratory Care Program at Pueblo Community College
Shawna has a true passion for Respiratory Therapy, and over 20 years of patient care experience in a variety of clinical settings. She believes that Respiratory Therapists are key to providing quality care for the cardiopulmonary patient. Shawna strives to teach her students the importance of respiratory therapy in both didactics and clinical practice. She feels that is a priority to prepare graduates with the skill sets and interpersonal skills that employers are looking for. She has served the CSRC Board of Directors as a Director at large and is looking forward to contributing as Vice President.
Kimmy is an inspired Respiratory Therapist, ready to be involved in what is going great in the career field and the wonderful changes coming in patient care and technology. Kimmy has 21 years experience in the USAF as a frontline Intelligence work group manager, personnel, facilities & document security specialist. She was the PIMA student representative for the student chapter of CSRC for 2-years. She was also, nominated as PIMAs Respiratory Therapy student of the year in 2017. She is motivated and ready to jump in and learn.
Ben currently serves as the Respiratory Care Clinical Manager at Children's Hospital Colorado. He actively participates in and facilitates the management of operational, personnel and financial activities of the department. His clinical experience encompasses 17 years in the clinical areas of a Level IV NICU, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Emergency Department and Medical/Surgical areas. Ben has worked in multiple hospital organizations throughout Georgia, California and Colorado. He strives to have a collaborative approach to provide high quality neonatal-pediatric healthcare.
Annette has 28 years of experience as a respiratory therapist and this role would be a great fit. The field of respiratory is evolving and exciting. There is so much to explore from being a therapist to being a leader in the field. Colorado is fast becoming a leader in respiratory care and has a vast ability in care from the very littlest patients to the elderly. Having a experienced director like Annette would be a great asset to the CSRC.
Christopher became a respiratory therapist in the state of Maine in 2010. He moved to New Hampshire to work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. While there he obtained his wilderness emergency medical technician license and became a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team. In 2015 he moved to Colorado and began working at Children's Hospital Colorado. In January of 2017 he became one of the associate clinical managers at Children's Hospital Colorado. Since moving to Colorado he has obtained his Bachelors in respiratory management, completed Children's Hospital's 14 month Team Leader Orientation program, and obtained his NPS credential. He is currently on the advisory Board for PIMA Medical Institute's BSRT online program, and wishes to help advance the field of respiratory therapy.
Kelly started her career as a Patient Care Tech/EMT at Vail Valley Medical center in 2014, she decided to further her education and attended Respiratory school at Concorde in 2015. She is currently working on her BSRC from Midwestern State University and will graduate in August of 2019. She just completed her advanced credentialing for her NPS and currently holds a position as a PICU RT at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also works PRN at Littleton Adventist Hospital. She serves on the CSRC Program Committee and will take over as Speaker Chair next year. She enjoys serving on the Program Committee and would like to expand her commitment to her career and community of respiratory therapists by serving as a CSRC Director at Large. She is a Mother to a four year old little boy, an avid fitness junkie and someone who is always looking for opportunities to better herself in not only her career but in her personal life.
In her fifteen years of professional experience, Carrie has excelled working in dynamic environments at many distinguished medical centers. She has thrived working in positions varying from direct inpatient care to outpatient pulmonary clinic, to leadership. Carrie is confident she could make a valuable contribution serving in the CSRC as a Director at Large.
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Matt Rodak has been in the respiratory field even before he graduated from RT school. He started out as a student therapist at St Josephs hospital, then upon graduation Matt started full time as The Medical Center of Aurora. From there Matt worked in the E.R. and ICU, and gained experience that will carry on with him way long into his career. Matt eventually was recruited for a director position at a DME company that serviced Skilled nursing facilities. From here is where he found his passion. Matt discovered a community that has been extremely under served with respiratory services for years. Matt oversaw 30 facilities throughout Colorado and eventually left his corporate position to start his own company Elevation respiratory care & diagnostics. Elevation was formed to provide in depth pulmonary rehab, sleep testing and other respiratory services specifically for skilled nursing facilities.
Tyler Tilkens is a recent grad that served as PIMA Co-Chair for the CSRC student chapter. He was instrumental in procuring over $1200 for donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from Team CSRC at the Sloan's Lake Great Strides event in 2018, as well as securing over $350 in prizes for the 2018 CSRC golf tournament. Tyler has dedicated a large number of hours attending CSRC symposiums, leadership meetings, student chapter meetings, and fund-raising events for both the CSRC and other great causes. Tyler is hard-working, dedicated, and motivated as proven by his Lambda Beta Honor Society membership, Director's Award from PIMA, and 2018 AARC National Sputum Bowl Championship title (bringing it back to Colorado, right where it belongs). Mr. Tilkens would be an excellent addition to the team of already dedicated and motivated members of the CSRC board.
Oliver Wunsch is a 2018 graduate from Pickens Technical College. During his time there, he was actively involved in the student chapter of the Colorado Society of Respiratory Care and feels this is an excellent way to contribute to his profession. In addition to working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, he is currently working on his Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Management through Metropolitan State University as well as actively studying for the ACCS specialty credential. He enjoys being active in the field of Respiratory Therapy and looks forward to contributing to the advancement of the profession.