RCSW

2018 RCSW Elections Guide

It is time once again to elect the next leaders in the RCSW!
If you are an AARC member and live or work in the State of Washington, you are a RCSW member and eligible to cast a vote!
Election emails will be sent to all members via a Washington State AARConnect Community Page post on August 15th (all RCSW members were included as subscribers to the AARConnect Community several months ago). The post will include the 2018 RCSW Elections Guide and a voting link.  If you do not receive an email and wish to vote, please send a request to technology.officer@rcsw.online with confirmation of your AARC membership.
Voting will be open from August 15th to September 15th, 2018.
Thank you for your continued support of the profession and your help making Respiratory Care in Washington a national example of excellence in the field.
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RCSW President-elect Candidates

The RCSW President-elect shall become Acting President and shall assume the duties of the President in the event of the President’s absence, resignation, or disability; and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned by the President or Board of Directors. The President-elect shall chair the Finance Committee. In the year without the president-elect, the president shall chair the Finance Committee

Joel Ray, RRT

Manager of Ancillary Services
UW-Valley Medical Center
Renton, WA

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President-elect Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Joel Ray:
The RCSW is a committed team of respiratory professionals encompassing hospitals, education, and state geography. The AARC has again recognized the RCSW with the Summit Award, an annual award given to the top performing state society based on several qualifying factors. This award is a testament to the RCSW’s commitment to our profession, and the quality of the individuals elected as representatives. Working collaboratively with this group to promote all aspects of Respiratory Care would be a privilege.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Joel Ray:
Engaging Washington States RCP’s and increasing involvement is an important opportunity. Individually we can make a difference; collectively we’re a force of positive change and advocacy. Empowering our state and national organizations with Medicare reimbursement and home health are mission critical initiatives. Efforts regarding regional chapter events and bolstering local involvement need brainstorming. The RCSW historically sets tough goals ; best State conference around, student engagement, patient advocacy, local bachelors in Respiratory are a product of vision and commitment. I pledge to my fellow peers and professionals to learn, set goals as a group, and work hard to see them through.

 

RCSW Vice-President Candidates

The Vice-President shall perform such duties as shall be assigned by the President and the Board of Directors. He/She shall assume the duties of the President-elect in the event of the President-elect’s absence, resignation or disability, but will also continue to carry out the duties of the office of Vice-President

Marcy Medina, RRT

Respiratory Therapist
Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
Spokane, WA

 

 

Vice-President Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Marcy Medina:
I am currently serving as the RCSW Vice-President. I have enjoyed being surrounded by people who share the same passion for Respiratory Therapy in the state of Washington. The RCSW leadership team is accomplishing great things and I would love the opportunity to get more involved in helping them advocate for our profession and for our future.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Marcy Medina :
I would like to see more community outreach programs that educate the public on lung health, what we do as Respiratory Therapists, and why we are vital members of our healthcare teams. I would like to see RRT become the entry level credential in Washington state. I would like to see continued student engagement opportunities as well as opportunities that bring licensed therapists in our state together for education and to celebrate the growth of our great profession.

RCSW Treasurer Candidates

The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds and securities of the RCSW; endorsing checks, notes, or other orders for the payment of bills. They shall see that full and accurate accounts are kept, make a written report to the Board of Directors within twenty (20) calendar days after the closing of the RCSW By-Laws updated 2012 Page 4 books; make a written quarterly financial report to the Board of Directors and a complete written yearly report at the annual business meeting of the Board of Directors. At the expense of the RCSW, they shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Board of Directors.

Ramon Hollander, MBA, RRT

Manager, Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Services
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Vancouver, WA

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Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Ramon Hollander:
 I joined the RCSW as a non-voting member of the leadership immediately after moving to WA from HI in late 2013. Since then I have been actively involved in numerous committees including Membership (past) and Legislative Affairs (current). It has always been and continues to be part of my personal and professional goals to help advance the practice of Respiratory Therapy which I believe can best be accomplished by my taking an active role in our state society. The collaboration, passion, strategic thinking and overall excellence of this team, which I have witnessed over the past 5 years, only strengthens my desire to be an active and engaged part of the RCSW in a leadership role.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Ramon Hollander:
We are already making significant in-roads in achieving RRT as the entry-level credential for WA which has already come to pass in other states like OR. I would also like to see the society maintain its engagement at the ntional level via the AARC Hill Day, etc because I strongly believe in the need for Respiratory Therapists to be able to provide services via Telehealth and similar legislation up for consideration.
As for the Treasurer role specifically, I was the Treasurer for the Hawai’ian Society for Respiratory Care (HSRC) prior to coming to WA and having worked with Justin Graham these past 5 years and seen how well he has executed his duties as the current Treasurer of the society, I would like to help perpetuate his hard work and dedication to the RCSW by taking on this role in service of the society and its members as well as the communities in which each one of us lives and works.

RCSW Directors Candidates

The Board of Directors shall: Supervise all the business and activities of the RCSW within the limitation of the Bylaws. Adopt and rescind standing rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the RCSW. Perform such other duties as may be necessary or appropriate for the management of the RCSW

Cindy Nelson RRT

NICU Therapist
Providence Everett Medical Center
Everett, WA

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Christopher Teegardin, RRT

Respiratory Care Lead
UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

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Jennifer Wallace-Gilstrap, BS, RRT

Clinical Educator
Professional Development Department
Providence Health Care
Spokane, WA

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Fred Goglia, M.Ed, RRT, ACCS

Manager Respiratory Care
UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

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Directors Q&A

 

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Cindy Nelson:
I want to be involved in our professional society to help make a difference. I believe that it’s important to actually care.

Christopher Teegardin:
 I’ve been involved with the RCSW for several years as the webmaster/online developer, Technology Officer, a member on several committees, and the 2016 and 2017 Vice-president.  I am very passionate about the course of our profession and want to continue as an active contributor to its direction in the state of Washington

Jennifer Wallace-Gilstrap:
I am interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership because I believe in the work that this group has done and want to be involved in the work to come. The involvement of the RCSW with government representation, promotion of professional development and support at the chapter level has inspired me to become more active at a state level. I would like to be a part of promoting professional development and advancing our profession to support our patients and families.

Fred Goglia:
My reasons for wanting to be involved with the leadership in our state stem from my desire to give back to a field that has given me so much. When I started my career in respiratory care I did not have any idea where I would end up. Respiratory care has given me many opportunities and been my great teacher from my very first day as a bedside therapist through my time teaching new therapists the profession to my current role as a manager. I want to give back to the profession that has given me those opportunities. It is through the many roles that I have played as a therapist that I am acutely aware of the needs of our profession. It is through the AARC that we can help to drive the change that will keep us relevant in the current health care climate. Washington needs a national voice to speak to the amazing growth of respiratory care in the Pacific North West. I believe we need to progress as a field by moving our education forward as well as our practice. The AARC can be our partner in this effort provided we have a voice at the table. I strive for a balance between who we are and where we came from and where we want to go as a profession.

 

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Cindy Nelson:
I want to help with the conference every year. I want to help keep us current as a society and be successful.

Christopher Teegardin:
The RCSW has several goals on the agenda this coming year and all are important for its continued success.  I am excited to see more education opportunities for RTs (sponsored, organized, and promoted by the RCSW), more community outreach for disease education in schools, more locally generated respiratory care information and content, a greater outreach to our professionals in the state, and a greater public promotion and awareness of who we are and why we are important in healthcare

Jennifer Wallace-Gilstrap:
I would like to see the RCSW accomplish these two changes in the next 2 years:
1. To advance our licensure to a minimum standard of a baccalaureate degree and the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential
2. To continue to advocate for respiratory therapy to be a part of telehealth medicine and to facilitate job growth in this new market.

Fred Goglia:
-Develop tools to recognize great therapists around the state and their impacts on our patients
-Make the RRT the criteria for entry into practice in our state
-Provide more financial and resource help for students and therapists seeking advanced degrees
-Support original research in Washington
-Increase membership
-Increase legislative support in Washington as well as the national level

 

 

2018 CHAPTERS ELECTIONS

Cascade Chapter President
Central Chapter President
Eastern Chapter President
Puget Sound Chapter President
Rainier Chapter President

 

DUTIES OF CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
Each Chapter shall be represented on the Board of Directors by the Chapter President. Each Chapter organization shall be encouraged to expand the membership of the Chapter and to develop educational activities and such other activities as is consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and the RCSW Bylaws.  Each president will submit a written report to the Chapter Affairs Committee Chair at least ten (10) days prior to each Board of Directors meeting, relating to the activities in their Chapter.

Note: You may only vote for the Chapter President for the Chapter is which you presently reside in

 

RCSW Cascade Chapter President Candidates

Scott Mahoney, BA, RRT

Director of Clinical Education
Respiratory Care Program
Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA

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Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

ScottMahoney:
 I am a firm believer in the profession of respiratory care and I support the growth of our field statewide. I believe that my participation on the RCSW Board of Directors helps me accomplish two goals. First, participating in the leadership of our state’s organization provides me an opportunity to help guide the future of our profession. And second, this opportunity allows me to give back to the community that has supported me as I have grown as a clinician, educator, and leader.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

ScottMahoney:
 As our profession moves forward into the future I believe it is important that we, as an organization, keep pace and help to guide respiratory care’s growth in Washington state. As an organization we must continue to ensure that our licensure act remains robust and protects our scope of practice. We must support our educational institutions as they work to prepare the practitioners of tomorrow. And, we must support our members by continuing to provide world-class continuing education activities and social events that provide networking and community building opportunities.

 

RCSW Central Chapter President Candidates

Stefan Snyder, RRT, BS

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Specialist
Central Washington Hospital
Wenatchee, WA

 

Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Stefan Snyder:
I am interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership because I want to help further the field of Respiratory Care and connect with Respiratory Care Practitioners across Washington State. I believe joining the RCSW leadership would be a great opportunity to develop my leadership skills, make a positive impact in my community, and further my career.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Stefan Snyder:
 I work in Cardiopulmonary Rehab and have seen a major reimbursement issues impact our program. I would like to see the RCSW address these issues with reimbursement. I have been amazed with the impact exercise can make in the lives of people with lung disease and I want to help educate people on the benefits of Cardiopulmonary Rehab.

RCSW Eastern Chapter President Candidates

Kellee Crary (Crenshaw), RRT

Staff Therapist at Providence Holy Family Hospital
Staff Therapist at Apria Health Care
Spokane, WA

 

 

 

Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Kellee Crary (Crenshaw):
Becoming part of the RCSW leadership is a way to give back to the Respiratory Care Society of Washington, to show my appreciation and valve for what they have done for me.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Kellee Crary (Crenshaw):
Bring the local Respiratory community together with family friendly functions and learning opportunities. By creating a journal club offering free CEU to members quarterly, followed information talk form a local Physician. My hope is to reach all therapist in the Eastern Chapter in the small out lying communities.

 

Puget Sound Chapter President Candidates

Melissa Sasser, RRT, BS, RPSGT

Territory Sales Representative
Breathe Technologies
Seattle, WA

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Q&A 

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Melissa Sasser:
I would like to be a part of the RCSW so that I can directly support this great organization in encouraging, developing, and providing educational programs for those interested in respiratory care while promoting the profession on local and national level.

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Melissa Sasser:
As the RCSW works on growing the membership I would like to see an increase in the involvement of members in the activities of the society. Engagement of the members will further promote raising the minimum standard for licensure in Washington State to an RRT as well as encourage advanced degrees.

 

RCSW Rainier Chapter President Candidates

Raylund Prior, AAS, MA, LRCP

Respiratory Therapist/ Account Executive
Hill-Rom, Sleep Management, LLC
Tacoma, WA

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Shannon Parker, BS, RRT

Respiratory Care Practitioner

UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

 

 

Diamond Tildon, RRT

Respiratory Care Practitioner
UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

 

 

Valerie Norwood, RRT, MBA

Cadiopulmonary and Cardiac Rehab. Director
Grays Harbor Community Hospital
Aberdeen, WA

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Q&A

Q: Why are you interested in becoming part of the RCSW leadership?

Raylund Prior:
With nearly 25 years as a Respiratory Therapist, my experience includes serving patients in hospitals and in their homes as I have worked in multiple hospitals and for several Durable Medical companies. With a wide range of experience from working with patients on the floor, ICU and emergency departments to teaching and maintaining home ventilator patients to working management and sales – I have touched many aspects in the respiratory therapy industry.

Shannon Parker:
During the past two years, I have acted as president of the Rainier Chapter. In that time, I have had the opportunity to engage with RT’s from all over our state, across the South Puget Sound region, and within my hometown. I’ve learned the importance of a strong leadership team within a professional society and I have been a part of creating several tangible benefits to RTs. It is my goal to continue the momentum I have begun in this role. As a profession, we are sometimes misunderstood and misrepresented. Being a part of the RCSW leadership enables me to have a platform to communicate the value and benefit of RT’s to multiple people, in various roles, from a myriad of organizations. In so many ways, our professional skills are underutilized, and working as a leader within our local professional society, can possibly help to change that.

Diamond Tildon:
 I have a strong passion for Respiratory Therapy and our state society the RCSW. I have been fortunate enough to be apart of RCSW leadership as the current Student Engagement Committee Chair for the RCSW for over a year now. My enthusiasm with the RCSW has grown and I would like to take the next step, to further my involvement with our state society as the Rainier Chapter President.

Valerie Norwood:
Respiratory care is near and dear to my heart. I want to help us as profession to be proactive with change and encourage others.

 

Q: What would you like to see the RCSW accomplish in the next 2 years?

Raylund Prior:
With all the changes in health care, many being directed by the insurance industry, it is Important that as respiratory care practitioners, we stand strong and guide these changes and they affect us. Membership and activity in our Respiratory Care organization is vital to maintaining a voice in change and how it affects us. As we move forward, we must continue to emphasize education, continuing education and show that we are an important part of the health care system. I believe we need to help provide more opportunities to educate our respiratory care force, but also educate those who we work with and those we provide care for

Shannon Parker:
 I will be the first to admit, there was a steep learning curve in making the jump from respiratory care student, to Chapter President. I stumbled, learned from mistakes, found mentors, and began to rebuild the Rainier Chapter. If I am elected for the next session, I have several clear goals I’d like to achieve such as reaching out to visit to each hospital in the Chapter, reinstating a quarterly journal club for CEU’s, and creating more opportunities for RT’s to network and socialize. The RCSW as an organization is filled with motivated, talented, and creative leadership minds. I would like to continue to be a part of that team and keep pushing our profession forward. I hope to see the RCSW continue to make strides with students, create more opportunities for mentoring, and continue to provide relevant and intriguing continuing education courses.

Diamond Tildon:
I believe the tasks that came be accomplished by the RCSW within two years are continuing to push for our credential standard to be Registered Respiratory Therapist versus Certified Respiratory Therapist. As well as advocating to have bachelor degrees in respiratory therapy become the education standard for Washington state.

Valerie Norwood:
I would like to see RCSW involved more publically in communities. I would also like to see more resource material available for directors and managers that support the progression of our profession.