2019 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 April 6th (all RCSW members were included as subscribers to the AARConnect Community). The post will include the 2019 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 April 6th to May 6th, 2019.
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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.

Sarah Malyon, RRT-ACCS
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Overlake Medical Center

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Justin Graham MSML, BSRC, RRT-NPS, AE-C
Regional Clinical Specialist

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Hal Ungerleider, MHA, RRT
Manager Therapies
Respiratory Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and
Speech & Language Services
UW Medicine-Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

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Vice-President Q&A

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

Sarah Malyon: I have been a part of the RCSW leadership with multiple different roles for many years now, and I have always found pride in our accomplishments.  I am dedicated to furthering our profession and being a voice for the great therapists of Washington State. 

Justin Graham: I have been a voting member on the RCSW for the past 5 years as Treasurer and Vice-President and wish to continue serving the RTs in the state. I have seen how the RCSW has grown and developed and would like to continue to see it grow.  The world of Respiratory Care is ripe for change and I would like to continue to help the RCSW work on its ambitious goals within the society, state, and state legislature.

Hal Ungerleider: I have continued to be an active member of our State Society and most recently as a Director.   With this role and as the chair of the Management Section I have had a greater appreciation of the work that our State Society does for our members.  I believe healthcare does not start, nor does it end in the hospital.  Our involvement in community programs that promote lung health and education will greatly impact the overall health of our community.

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

Sarah Malyon: I would love to see the transition to RRT as baseline for licensure completed.  Continuing to provide educational resources not only through our annual conference but smaller events as well.  Start a program to provide career information to local high schools specific to Respiratory Therapy.

Justin Graham: Over the next two years, I would like to see the RCSW work in conjunction with the AARC to expand the role of the Respiratory Therapist both in the hospital as well as outside the hospital.  There are many opportunities for RT’s to move into home health, home care, and alternate care sites.  I want to see legislation pass that allows for telehealth to be provided.  Technology has surpassed the healthcare industry and we need to get back to where we are using technology as best we can to provide the best care in the most cost-effective way we can.

Hal Ungerleider: In the next two years, I will help the RCSW move forward in adding value to our profession, by seeing that Advance Practice Therapist can work autonomously in ICUs and other critical care settings.  In addition, I will advocate that our society becomes more involved with our underserved populations to promote healthcare.  We will continue to educate practitioners in our state in diversity, inclusion, and microaggression as this is equally important to the care we provide at the bedside.

RCSW Secretary Candidates
The Secretary shall have charge of keeping the minutes of the Board of Director’s meetings and the Annual Business Meeting; executing the general correspondence and, in general, performing all duties as from time to time shall be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.

Toni D’Amato, MSc, RRT-CPFT
Respiratory Care Instructor
Spokane Community College
Respiratory Therapist
Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital

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RCSW Secretary Q&A

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

Toni D’Amato: I am in the final year of my term as the Secretary for the RCSW, being a part of the leadership team for our state’s organization has been a privilege in which I have taken to heart. I would like the opportunity to remain in my current leadership role for the coming term as I am now comfortable in my role and feel that continuity in this role which takes time to learn is important to the organization’s success. Being a part of the RCSW leadership has allowed me the opportunity to join the Legislative Affairs committee and become a PACT team member which has furthered my ability to bring our state’s voice from Washington to a national stage. I am passionate about our field and motivated to continue its advancement, being a part of a dedicated and motivated leadership team is crucial to our field’s success and to our patients’ health and well-being, this is something I work daily to achieve both professionally and personally.

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

Toni D’Amato: the next two years I would like to see the RCSW’s memberships continued growth, this growth will allow us to reach a greater number of our colleagues and give us the ability to educate them on the importance of progression in our field and on current evidence-based medicine – and how to integrate it into daily practice. Increasing RCSW membership garners not only local support but also national support by in turn increasing membership for our national organization, the AARC. In addition to increased membership I would like to continue the work the RCSW has been doing in advocating for registry as the minimum requirement for licensure in the state and for us to have an increased scope of practice. I also would like to see continued support by the RCSW on the transition of our Associate Degree programs into Baccalaureate Degrees. As we know, at the national level the goal is to transition from Associate Degree as entry level to Baccalaureate Degree as entry level, Washington state has the potential to be a leader in this transition by having all of our programs offer bachelor degrees.

RCSW Directors at Large 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.

Fred Goglia, M.Ed, RRT, ACCS
Respiratory Care Practitioner
UW Medicine-Harborview Medical Center

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Raylund Prior, AAS, MA, LRCP
Respiratory Therapist/ Account Executive
Hill-Rom, Sleep Management, LLC

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Stephen Wehrman, RRT,  RPFT
Professor Emeritus
University of Hawaii Kapi’olani Community College
Breathe Strong Washington State Captain
COPD Foundation
Better Breathers Facilitator
American Lung Association

Lisa Dea, RRT
Respiratory Therapist
Providence Holy Family Hospital

Jonathan Jahns, MA, RRT
Pulmonary & Hyperbaric Medicine and Respiratory Therapy
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Directors Q&A

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

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 throughout my time in the field. 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.

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 and have touched many aspects in the respiratory therapy industry. I feel my background would be of benefit to the RCSW and its membership.

Stephen Wehrman: I recently retired and moved back to Washington from my position as Program Director in Honolulu. I served on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Society for 26 years as President, Vice-President, Delegate, and Director. I have also served as President of the Rainier Chapter of the RCWS. I would like to able to continue my service to the profession and contribute to the future of our profession.

Lisa Dea: I would like to become more involved in the RCSW. It is important to me to have strong leadership in our field and encourage others to become involved.

Jonathan Jahns: It has been a pleasure to be a part of the RCSW since 2001 having served in the following positions over the years; Puget Sound Chapter Secretary, Puget Sound Chapter President, Delegate, President, and co-chair for the annual RCSW conference. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our profession, and each and every one of the Respiratory Therapists in the State of Washington.

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

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

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

Stephen Wehrman:  I am very interested in our legislative efforts both to raise the bar in our profession and to lobby for Medicare Telehealth and improved access to healthcare for our COPD, IPF, CF and asthma patients. I would like to see as many pathways to education for respiratory therapists who wish to obtain additional degrees and credentials. Another long-term goal I would like to achieve is to increase professional involvement and opportunities for therapists in our rural counties.  I think increased access to education for therapists and patients is vital to our professional future.

Lisa Dea: I would like to see the RCSW gain membership. I feel it is important to reach out to our profession and encourage others to support our field.

Jonathan Jahns: We have much to be proud of as a state society; we have one of the largest annual state conferences in the country, strong representation on a national level supporting legislative measures that impact our profession, 5 RT programs that will all offer bachelor degrees, RT student involvement in RCSW activities etc… In addition to continuing to be a part of the work that has led to these successes, I would like to focus on the following over the next two years. Being a part of the work supporting the update of our state licensure to reflect the current work we are doing each day, as well as supporting our profession as we continue to expand our scope of practice. I am also actively advocating for the establishment of a RCSW foundation that will support ongoing professional, educational, research and leadership growth opportunities for RT’s in the state of Washington.

RCSW Delegate Candidates
Two (2) Delegates of this RCSW to the House of Delegates of the AARC shall be elected as specified in Article VII, Section 5 of the AARC Bylaws. One (1) Junior Delegate will be elected every other year and will serve concurrently with the third and fourth year of the Senior Delegate.

Karen LaRoche, RRT, ACCS
Clinical Specialist-OCED
Good Samaritan Hospital
MultiCare Health System

Delegate Q&A

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

Karen LaRoche: The RCSW is a very valuable organization to our profession. It provides professional and political advocacy by lending a strong voice to the Therapists of Washington State and advocating on our behalf both in local and national arenas.  I am excited by the opportunity to help shape that voice. 

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

Karen LaRoche:
RRT as base licensure credential.
Continued conversation about bachelor programs for entry level.
Increased professional networking across the state through social and educational events.