As a respiratory therapist, and the first state captain from Kansas, I hope to accomplish utilizing my experience and knowledge of evidence-based strategies to address the current health care disparities in COPD. I am passionate about quality health care and would like to decrease the disease burden for COPD patients through advocacy and education.
As a State Captain, I am most interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy. I would also like to raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, and write about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness.
My proudest COPD moment has been when patients thank me for taking the time to educate them on their condition.
My inspiration to share is, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
More about me, “I earned my undergraduate degree in Respiratory Care from the University of Kansas in 1999. In May of 2018, I graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in health care quality from The George Washington University. My current passion is educating the next generation of respiratory therapists at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas”