Cheryl Keeler – President
Phone: (614) 488-1149
Cheryl is the Mother of one son, and the grandmother of two grandsons, and one granddaughter. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Cheryl received a B.A. degree from the Ohio State University and for most of her professional life worked in the legal field and for a public sector union.
In the past, Cheryl has served on several not-for-profit boards that provided transitional housing and employment assistance for women in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. She also served on the board of a county organization that provided assistance for women trying to transition from welfare to work, and a transitional housing facility for women being released from correctional facilities.
In 1996, Cheryl developed pneumonia. While in the hospital, she was informed she had COPD. Cheryl was a smoker and had been for thirty-three years. After being released from the hospital, she continued to struggle with smoking for several years but was eventually able to quit. In 2003, she was referred to the Ohio Cleveland Clinic for assessment for a lung transplant. With only 14% lung capacity, and on oxygen, she was listed and on February 3, 2005 after one dry-run, she received a life saving bilateral lung transplant. Ten days after her transplant, she suffered a stroke as a result of the surgery. Since her transplant, Cheryl has retired from active employment.
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FRANK SHIELDS – Vice President
In September 2010, I had emergency gall bladder surgery. After a two week stay in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and was placed on supplemental oxygen 24/7. After my in- home recovery, I entered the pulmonary rehab program at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn IL. As time went by, I required an incremental amount of oxygen. Routine daily activities became challenging at best.
My doctors then recommended the formal evaluation process to determine if I could be a viable lung transplant candidate. I was subsequently approved and was listed for a double lung transplant. After a five month wait, I underwent a successful bilateral lung transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center in July 2012.
I received my BSBA degree at Roosevelt University and graduated with departmental honors in Finance. I was Senior Business Analyst at Spiegel Inc. and its subsidiaries for 30 plus years, having worked primarily with Credit Systems and Functions, I served on the board of directors of the International Credit Association of Greater Chicago and was listed in Who’s Who of Credit Card Management. I currently am a member of Organ Transplant Support and also attend the monthly Easy Breathers Support Group at Christ Hospital Medical Center. I was also fortunate to attend April’s Organ and Tissue Awareness event at The University of Chicago Medical Center.
Like all other board members who volunteer their time and energy, we strive to provide education, support and information not only to lung transplant candidates but to transplant recipients and those with other pulmonary issues. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve on the board of Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc.
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Steven C. Schumann – Second Vice President
Phone: (847) 705-0363
I am just shy of 62 years old. I received a left lung transplant at Loyola University Medical Center, July 21, 2007. I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in August 2003, was listed for transplant in May 2005, and spent 14 months on the list.
My wife Charlene and I just celebrated our 33rd anniversary. Our daughter Becca, who graduated from Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MBA at Indiana University, is engaged to be married next January. Our son Scott graduated from Illinois Wesleyan earlier this year, and is just starting grad school at University of Texas in Austin, pursuing advanced degrees in music theory.
I am a pharmacist by education, and have worked in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles for the past 30 years. I am currently Director of Pharmaceutical Technology for Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Mt. Prospect IL. My professional skills include scientific investigations and problem solving, as well as managerial experience in human resources, project management, and budgeting.
My motivation for volunteering to serve as a director for Second Wind is simply to find another way to balance out the free gift that I have received. There is no individual to whom I am able to repay this debt, but it is within my power to work to promote the mission and goals of Second Wind. Since my transplant I have also done my part to promote Gift of Hope, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, and Pulmonary Fibrosis Coalition. I have done this through personal speaking engagements, fund raising activities, and personal contributions. As I approach retirement, I plan to continue to volunteer my time to promote awareness and support for these causes.
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Gary Bland – Treasurer
Phone: (760) 743-2990
Gary received his B.S. in Business degree from Kansas State University in 1966 and his MBA degree from Webster University – San Diego in 1987. He worked for a Fortune 500 company in the canned food business for 33 years and retired in 2008. Gary held several positions with this company including Accounting Manager, Plant Controller, Financial Analyst, and was VP of Logistics when he retired. He worked in several locations throughout the U.S. and did a great deal of world traveling.
Gary was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2005 and had a lung biopsy in 2007 to determine the lung disease was in fact IPF. He went on supplemental oxygen 24/7 immediately after the biopsy. Gary was evaluated for a lung transplant in March, 2009 and received a sequential bilateral transplant on April 7, 2009 at UCSD – San Diego after a very brief period of time on the transplant wait list.
He has been very active with the lung transplant group at UCSD – San Diego, actively participating in group meetings and discussions at UCSD-Thornton hospital. About one year ago, a group of lung transplant patients and other professionals decided that we were so grateful for all that has happened to us that we wanted to help others that may not be so blessed with their health and financial situation. We formed a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation which is has a website that is active. Gary is Treasurer of this non-profit company.
Gary joined Second Wind in May 2009 and in January, 2013 became a board member of Second Wind and has been elected to the position of Treasurer.
He has been married for 40 years and has 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
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Jane Kurz, Ph.D., R.N. – Secretary
Jane holds a professional membership with the Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc. and has since January of 1997. One of the first ways Jane served the Second Wind Community was as speaker at the Third Annual Educational Conference; Lung Transplant “The New Millennium”. She spoke on issues facing Caregivers.
Jane Kurz has worked as a critical care nurse and nurse educator for more than 20 years. Her doctoral dissertation examined the lived experience of spouses of individuals waiting for lung transplantation. She has used qualitative and quantitative methods to explore stressors, coping and quality of life in other studies involving heart/lung transplant candidates, recipients and spouses with national samples. Other research interests include family dynamics in the presence of acute and chronic illness, marital support and adolescent health. She is the author of several articles on the application of nursing research in clinical practice.
Jane is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, College of Health Professions, at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She was also an Associate Professor of Nursing at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She writes extensively and publishes regularly in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, RN Web, RN Magazine, Family Systems & Health and American Nurses Association.
Some of the issues Jane addresses include:
- Effect of parental genetic lung disease on older adolescents.
- Families and chronic illness across the lifespan.
- Vulnerability for caregiver role strain of spouses involved with lung transplantation.
- The roller coaster ride of spouses of lung transplant recipients
- Stressors and coping strategies used by well spouses of lung transplant candidates.
- The lived experience of spouses of individuals waiting for lung Transplantation.
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Tom Archer – Director
Tom Archer was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in December of 1991. In October of 1999 he was evaluated by the lung transplant team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO and was placed on the lung transplant list there. Tom was transplanted at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on September 11, 2006.
He joined St. Louis Chapter of Second in January of 2001 and the association in February of 2001. Tom was elected President of the St. Louis Chapter on July 14, 2002. In October of 2003 Tom was appointed to the Second Wind Board of Directors.
Tom holds a B.S. and a M.A. in Elementary and Special Education. He has worked as both a teacher and a school administrator.
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Julie Martin – Director
Phone: (918) 652-4188
Julie Martin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband, David, now live in Oklahoma and are the proud parents of two sons and are blessed with four grandsons.
For many years Julie suffered with asthma. In February 2003, after two weeks in intensive care on a ventilator, she was diagnosed with COPD and her life changed forever.
Prior to this diagnosis, Julie had been a banker for over thirty (30) years and loved it but her doctors told her that her career was over.
In June 2005 she and her husband moved to St. Louis, Missouri to wait for a transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. There were ten patients with their care givers in a group and they all became very close and supportive of each other. On August 29, 2005, Julie received a successful bilateral transplant. Three months later she and her husband were able to return to their home in Oklahoma.
Recovery has been a lot of work and continues daily for Julie. With two sons and four grandsons she has to try to stay in shape or her basketball skills might suffer. Julie loves working with pre and post transplant patients. She understands the fear and stress of living with your life dependent on getting your breath from an oxygen machine. She believes transplantation is not an easy choice but well worth the fight.
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Garry Nichols – Director
Phone: (732) 412-7330
Garry received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and an MBA in Finance from Syracuse University in 1969. During a 32 year career with a Fortune 50 company, he had two foreign assignments and served on the Boards of Directors of several joint-ventures and wholly-owned subsidiaries. He also had been active in and served on the Boards of various educational, civic and business-related organizations.
Garry retired from his employer in 1997 and established his own consulting business in International Business Development. In 1999 he was diagnosed with end-stage COPD and began chronic oxygen therapy. In 2000, he was placed on the transplant list and he received his single-lung transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, UPENN Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in May, 2003.
Just completing his three-month rehab, Garry became a member of the Board of Second Wind in October, 2003, having joined in 2002. He also has reactivated his participation in other civic organizations.
Garry and Barbara, his wife of thirty-nine years, have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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Ross Pope – Director
Born, raised and educated in the West, after graduating from BYU, I joined ADP and moved around until I met my wife of 36 years and we settled in the Greater Cincinnati area where we raised three daughters. After 32 years with ADP, we purchased a dry cleaning business and continue to operate it today.
My sister was diagnosed with IPF in 2006 and was fortunate to have been involved in a clinical study of pirfenidone that slowed the progress of her disease. She was transplanted in Dallas just five weeks ago.
I was the transplant pioneer in our family and after being diagnosed in 2012, my IPF progressed rapidly and I was transplanted 2/10/14 with a single right lung at the Cleveland Clinic. After 10 months I have resumed a pretty normal life, traveling, exercising and enjoying life. I am thankful for a donor and their family for the gift of life and hope to be able to help those who are going through the transplant experience. If I can be a resource and help for others, I will feel that I have accomplished one of my goals.
I have served on several Boards of Directors, one being Dignity in Death, helping those who could not afford a decent funeral/burial for their loved one. We helped many families. The second board was Redwood Rehabilitation www.RedwoodNKY.org where the focus was assisting the handicapped individuals achieve their maximum potential. What a blessing to see non-verbal, paraplegic individuals learn to communicate and now use laser pointers and the internet to communicate with friends and family.
Having been involved providing service most of my adult life through heavy involvement in our church, I have served as the leader of a local congregation, providing counseling, financial assistance and spiritual direction.
It will be great to serve with 2nd Wind because I know what a great help and support it has been for me and our family. Our involvement in a fundraising effort yielded almost $30,000 to help offset the expenses of the lung transplant.
I am truly thankful for my family that have been there as caregivers and a support through this journey, called a transplant. I believe in miracles and the power of prayer and look forward to serving wherever possible.
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Jane Kurz, Ph.D., R.N., Secretary