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Second Wind Lung Transplant Association

Board Members

Cheryl Keeler – President

cherylkeelerPhone: (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

Frank ShieldsIn 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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Gary Bland – Treasurer

Gary-BlandPhone: (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

ChristensenJane 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

archerTom 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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ERIC HARNED – Director

Eric is previously married and the father of a 26 year old son who’s an engineer at Honda, and a 21 year old daughter who is attending OSU in dental Hygiene.  He is recently engaged to Lyn but a date has not officially been set for their wedding. Eric is a graduate of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and grew up in a small town, Hayesville not far from there. He has spent his entire career in Business Development/sales/Management and worked in several different industries. He also is back umpiring baseball for his 9th season, and it’s not uncommon for him to do over 100 games a season.

Eric also serves as a trustee on several committees: The FNCCC which is an area zoning development organization.  He is also Past President of his neighborhood community and acting VP currently. He is active in his church and sang for many years in the church choir. He is an active Ambassador Speaker for Lifeline of Ohio, helping educate high school health class students the importance of organ donation, as well as speaking at OSU nursing meeting and student classes involved with Pulmonary rehab – all as a means of giving back after his transplant.

Eric was first diagnosed with scarring in his lungs – bronchiectasis – after a freak fall from a roof peak while hanging Christmas lights in 2006 – after x-rays were taken to confirm if his ribs were broken. Over the next 8 years his lung condition and ability to breathe continued to worsen till his right lung collapsed and he was rushed to the hospital failing to breath in early September 2014.. After two surgeries to correct the collapsed lung, further x-rays and a biopsy were done and he was told without a transplant he had 4-6 months to live. He had less than 20% lung capacity and went on oxygen 24/7. He was listed for Transplant – Dec. 18th, 2014 and three days later, he received THE CALL and a double lung transplant was completed the morning of Dec. 22nd.  Since that time Eric has celebrated two years of great health, no complications, has returned to work full time, is also umpiring again, and remaining active in all the afore mentioned interests and commitments. He thanks his surgeons, the nurses and God for his second chance.

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Garry Nichols – Director

nicholsPhone: (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.

(April 2005)

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Cheryl Keeler, President
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Frank Shields, Vice President
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Damian Neuberger, Second Vice President
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Gary Bland, Treasurer
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Jane Kurz, Ph.D., R.N., Secretary
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Garry Nichols
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