2016 Annual Report


Steve Mielke
Board Chair


Lewis A. BartfieldChief Executive Officer

Lewis A. Bartfield
Chief Executive Officer

Leadership Letter

First, let us say: Thank You!

This year, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest has many reasons to be proud, but we didn’t do it alone. Your time, your energy, and your donations make our efforts possible.

Please know that we never take your help for granted. Every year, we know that we have to earn your support. We strive to show you a tireless commitment to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Here’s what you empowered us to accomplish in 2016:

Research: Last year you doubled the dollar amount from the year before, raising $3 million dollars for life-saving lung disease research. This year, you defied expectations again. You gave $3.3 million dollars. This money goes to researchers who develop new treatments and cures for lung disease. Outcomes from their work will help millions of people. To see specific projects, please see the “Research” section.

Education: People don’t always know how to manage childhood asthma. To change that, we trained thousands of health professionals in asthma best practices, and visited families to help them improve the air in their homes. In all, these efforts reached almost half-a-million people. You can find more about our programs in the “Healthy Lungs” section.

Advocacy: Better lung health starts with cleaner air in our communities. That’s why we advocate for lung-positive policy. Our results: Kansas increased its tobacco tax; all Des Moines parks are now smokefree; and 21 cities across the Upper Midwest, including Chicago and Kansas City, have raised the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21. To see how we helped these efforts, read the “Tobacco Control” section.

We’re thrilled with these achievements, but our work isn’t finished. Consider this: In 2017, over 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and over 100,000 of them will die. Nearly 7 in 10 adult smokers wish they could quit, but can’t find support. More than 30 million people will continue suffering from lung disease. Almost 50% of Americans live in a county with poor air quality.

We envision a world without these problems. Can you? In 2017, The American Lung Association will continue to raise funds for research to find a cure, reign in tobacco abuse, help care for those living with lung disease, and advocate for clean air policies.

We ask that you commit, as you always have, to help Americans breathe easier.

With Fellowship and Gratitude,

Steve Mielke, Board Chair

Bartfield signature
Lewis A. Bartfield, Chief Executive Officer

Our Mission

To save lives

by improving

lung health

and preventing

lung disease.

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Highlights of Our Accomplishments


Research saves lives. It also finds new treatments. You and your support helped the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest contribute more than $3 million to support cutting-edge, life-saving lung disease research.


Our Partnerships

We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we couldn’t do it alone. The generous support of our Signature Events Sponsors helps us raise funding to be more impactful. In addition, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest gratefully acknowledges all of our partners for their leadership in supporting our mission-specific projects. This list of partners represents financial support received in fiscal year 2016.

View the list of our partners

Giving Club Donors
& Legacy Society

The Lung Association of the Upper Midwest introduced Giving Clubs with new donor categories in 2016. Our President’s Circle of Breath are cumulative giving clubs of three levels: Visionary, Ambassador, and Founder. The Champions of Breath are annual giving clubs also with three levels: Guardian, Partner, and Friend.

We also continue to provide a special honor through our Legacy Society to those who plan to benefit the Lung Association through their will, retirement plan, life insurance policy, charitable trust or other estate gift. To find out more, contact Marina Tanzer at (262) 703-4847.

2016 Financial Highlights

Total Revenue

Bar graphs of total revenue

Revenue July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Revenue table

Where Your Money Goes

Money pie graph
The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is proud to have a 4 of 4 stars rating by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.

Our Leadership

Local leadership boards chart our course and are an integral part of funding our work. In each major market, these local leadership volunteers are the change agents with critical influence and knowledge of our communities. As leaders, they build collaborative relationships with medical institutions and corporations, and engage their support for our local activities.

Click on a state to view its Local Leadership Board


  • Carin Anderson
  • Ken Bence
  • Gail Brottman, MD
  • Angie Carlson, PhD, RPh
  • Steven Christopher
  • Jim Ehlen, MD
  • Catherine Erickson, RN
  • Vicki Klasell
  • Susan Kratz
  • Audrene Lojovich
  • Andrew Mellin
  • David Midthun, MD
  • Lin Nelson
  • Sara Ratner
  • Arnel Rilo
  • Matthew Rudberg
  • Craig Schilling, PharmD
  • Richard Sveum, MD
  • Dave Tjaden
  • Richard Woellner, MD

North Dakota

  • Carol Russell
  • Kathy Mangskau
  • Megan Smith-Houn
  • Becky Anderson
  • Jessica Hoppe
  • Jim Kambeitz
  • Susan Davis
  • Dr. Monica Paulo
  • Erin Hill-Oban
  • Michelle Walker
  • Sandy Tschosik
  • Paige Schwartz

South Dakota

  • Rachel Haigh-Blume, RRT-MS
  • Jeremy Brech
  • Matt Ellefson
  • Rizan Hajal, MD
  • Megan Heronemus
  • Donald Humphreys, MD
  • Kevin Jordanger
  • Justin Kallas, CHA
  • David Kvien, RRT
  • Jodi Lindstrom, RN
  • Michael Luken
  • Allen Nord, MD
  • Chad Porter
  • Jennifer Prasek
  • Connie Scholten
  • John Small
  • Rod Smart
  • R. Maclean Smith, MD
  • Jean Snyders, RRT, CPFT
  • Kristi Specht, RRT-NPS
  • Peter Vitiello, PhD


  • Ryan Schmidt, BS, RRT – Chair
  • Ryan Sevcik – Vice Chair
  • Jim Bush
  • Mike Carstens, MAAA, FSA
  • Lisa Fuchs, MHA, RRT, CTTS
  • Russell Hopp, DO
  • Cindy Key, CISA, CFSA, CSOP
  • Rudy P. Lackner, MD
  • Brian Lodes
  • Matthew Milam
  • Lee E Morrow, MD, MSc
  • Kathy Nellor
  • Bruce Thrasher
  • Trisha Ullman
  • Carrie Valenta
  • Shawn Williams

Kansas & Greater Kansas City

  • Larry Winn III – Chair
  • Lisa Tomlinson – Vice Chair
  • Betsy Allgeyer
  • Christina Carter RN BSN CHPN CHPCA
  • Kevin Allgeyer
  • Nadyne S. Frazier, RN
  • William Barkman, MD, MSPH, FCCP
  • Alexander S. Gill
  • Trish Carcopa RN CDE
  • Edward F. Gilmore
  • Marcy Goldenberg
  • Stephanie Isaacson
  • Margaret Richards, JD
  • Gary Salzman, MD, FCCP


  • Tom Muselman – Chair
  • Tom Gross, MD – Vice Chair
  • Laura Montgomery – Secretary
  • John Bergman, CPM
  • Amy Boeckmann, RRT
  • Arthur Brown, RRT
  • Laura Delaney, PA-C
  • Roger Kuhle, JD
  • Cindy McCauley, CPM
  • Lorene Mein, DNP
  • Alan Rowe
  • Jennifer Tinnermeier, JD


  • Laura Mick – Chair
  • Ashleigh N. Johnson – Immediate Past Chair
  • Brad Baker
  • Mario Castro, MD, MPH, FCCP
  • Cameron Collins
  • Amy DeSalme
  • George Durko
  • Rob Goren
  • Kate Lichtenberg, DO, MPH,
  • Dennis Purkis, CPA
  • Dave Schneider
  • Jennifer Stokes
  • Juliette Travous


  • Michael J. Jaeger, M.D. – Chair
  • Christopher M. Cahlamer – Vice Chair
  • Linda L. Newberry-Ferguson – Secretary
  • Todd A. Mahr, M.D. – Immediate Past Chair
  • Eric P. Christophersen
  • Michael P. Cornell
  • M. Sharon deGuzman
  • John A. Dirkse
  • James W. Ehrenstrom
  • John F. Emanuel
  • Sheila Gansemer, RN, BSN, MS
  • Elizabeth M. Gore, M.D.
  • Dustin L. Hinton
  • Aaron Lipski
  • Kevin W. McCabe
  • Steven T. Mielke
  • Chris R. Mortenson
  • Michael J. Redding
  • Kimberly Schmidt
  • Penny J. Siewert
  • Heidi T. Zafra, MD

Greater Chicago

  • Kevin Kovitz, M.D. – Chair
  • Donna Mosakowski – Vice Chair
  • Thomas Andreesen
  • Heidi Azulay
  • Sangeeta Bhorade, MD
  • Joshua Bennett
  • Lela Cirjakovic
  • Malcolm DeCamp, MD
  • Julie Feasel
  • Beverly Foster
  • William Frese, MD
  • Brian Groskopf
  • Frank Keldermans
  • Mary Nevin, MD
  • Robert Oakleaf
  • Jack Shapiro
  • Michael Telesky
  • Christopher Woll
  • Tricia Vaisvila


  • Julie Griffith – Chair
  • Daniel Long – Vice Chair
  • Anthony Lennen – Secretary
  • Paul Ashley
  • Rick Ball
  • Michael Busk, MD
  • Courtney Cole
  • Stephanie Davis, MD
  • Jamie Ellis
  • Richard Feldman, MD
  • Nasser Hanna. MD
  • Reginald Henderson
  • Bruce Heslin, MD
  • Bruce Hetrick
  • Alex Intermill
  • Matthew Keppler
  • Kenneth Kesler, MD
  • Joyanna Kleinmaier
  • Daniel Krajnovich
  • Everett Moore
  • Jimmy Myers
  • Timothy Oliver
  • James Stehlik
  • William Stephan
  • Karin Tollefson
  • Craig Turner
  • John Warden, MD
  • Mark Williams, MD

A Look Ahead

Thank you again for your time, your energy and your generous support in 2016 that which powered our efforts to save lives. As we look ahead, we see…

See what’s planned for next year
Tobacco Control

It’s a simple yet staggering fact: tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. That’s why our tobacco efforts never cease and are demanded now more than ever. Your support helps us reduce youth smoking, fight for tobacco-free policies, and help smokers quit.

Tobacco 21: Protecting young people from a lifetime of addiction.

Led the effort for multiple municipalities within the Upper Midwest to pass the Tobacco 21 law, raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21, including: Chicago, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri), and Overland Park, Kansas.

Effective Advocacy: Fighting for common sense policies.

Supporting Quitters: Helping smokers make the decision to act.

Tobacco Use Disparity: Helping Smokers with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

ART THERAPY TO HELP QUIT SMOKING  Named “Morning,” this art piece depicts coffee, pills, donuts, and tobacco. It’s part of an art gallery event that took place in Minnesota featuring artists with mental health and substance abuse disorders. The gallery incorporated tobacco into art presentations depicting the impact tobacco has on their lives. Art therapy is a strategy used to talk about tobacco and quitting.

Named “Morning,” this art piece depicts coffee, pills, donuts, and tobacco. It’s part of an art gallery event that took place in Minnesota featuring artists with mental health and substance abuse disorders. The gallery incorporated tobacco into art presentations depicting the impact tobacco has on their lives. Art therapy is a strategy used to talk about tobacco and quitting.



Clean Air

It’s unacceptable that almost half of the nation’s population is exposed to unhealthy levels of air. The Lung Association of the Upper Midwest continues to take action so that homes are free of radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer; to reduce the effect that old wood boilers and stoves have on reducing pollution; and to expand the use of alternative fuels that are significantly better for the environment.

Radon: Keeping families safe from a silent killer.

Retiring Wood Boilers, Stoves: A measurable impact on reducing pollution.

Alternative Fuels: Better for the environment and lungs.

Healthy Lungs

Almost half-a-million Americans die every year because of lung disease. What are we doing about it? Targeting our efforts from the research lab to the grassroots. The Upper Midwest invested more than $3 million in life-saving research. We partnered with community clinics to help improve the quality of care for kids with asthma; and we’re visiting homes to assess and improve living environments of asthmatic children.

Supporting Patients, Caregivers & Professionals

Camp Superkids: 50 Years, 7K Kids Being Kids

Helping Kids with Asthma: One Home at a Time

Partnering with Clinics: Improving Asthma Care

Building Blocks

14,000 Lung Association event participants across the Upper Midwest raised more than $5.4 million to help us save lives. How? By simply asking their friends, family and corporate partners to donate and support their stair climbing, running, walking, cycling, golfing, and (yes) even partying.

Fight for Air Climbs

For a second consecutive year, the Lung Associations in Wisconsin (#1) and Chicago (#2) are the most successful stair climbs in the country, raising more than $1 million collectively.

Upper Midwest Galas

oxygen-ballThe Lung Association in Minnesota hosted its inaugural Oxygen Ball with more than 250 guests that helped raise $140,000 in its first year.

Running, Cycling and Golfing


More than 40 buildings and landmarks illuminated turquoise across the Upper Midwest as part of Turquoise Takeover in May during National Women’s Lung Health Week.

Meet One of Our LUNG FORCE Heroes – Susan Warmerdam

Four and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had gone undetected for 5-7 years. I never smoked, so hearing that I had an inoperable and incurable disease brought a plethora of emotions hard to describe.

Despite the hopeless medical statistics, I was determined to do everything to fight my disease. I did extensive research, took every step to embrace wellness, completely changed my diet, and got the best medical care possible. I received treatment at Northwestern, which included two years on a daily targeted cancer treatment drug, one clinical trial, and three surgeries. I believe all of these things worked together to help me beat the number one cancer killer… I’ve been off all treatment for 2 ½ years!

The American Lung Association has given me a platform from which to advocate and fundraise. Together with my friends, family and colleagues, we have raised almost $220,000 and funded three lung cancer research studies to help find the causes, early detection and more personalized treatments for lung cancer.


Meet our American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Researchers

Airway Clinical Research Center Researchers

Illinois Consortium
Chicago, Illinois
PI: Lewis Smith, MD 
Northwestern University
St. Vincent Health
Indianapolis, Indiana
PI: Michael Busk, MD
Washington University
PI: Mario Castro, MD
Washington University
University of Missouri
PI: Gary Salzman, MD
Kansas City School of Medicine

Basic, Clinical and Behavioral Researchers

Linda Resar, MD (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Dr. Resar will address the urgent need for more effective lung cancer treatments by developing an innovative therapy called Spiegelmers. The therapy will disrupt the growth of lung cancer cells and improve therapy for lung cancer patients.
Eric Collisson
Eric Collisson, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
Dr. Collisson will use new therapies that use mutant cancer genes against the tumor’s own growth to attack lung cancer. These new therapies are expected to increase the effectiveness of personalized treatments and provide a better understanding of how mutations in a specific gene affect the formation and progression of lung cancer. Efforts at personalizing treatments currently help only one in five patients.
E Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD (Stanford University, Stanford)
Dr. Sweet-Cordero’s study may identify new approaches for lung cancer therapies by providing a better understanding of how tumor cells and normal cells communicate. The study will examine how that communication is activated in lung cancer as well as what changes occur in cells as a result of that activation.
Patrick Bellvitch
Patrick Belvitch, MD (University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago)
Dr. Belvitch is studying blood vessels in the lung that leak in a person with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. By understanding how specific proteins regulate the formation of gaps between cells that lead to the leakage, he hopes to develop treatments for this condition.
Tianji Chen, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Dr. Chen hopes to develop novel therapeutic strategies to treat patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). In her study, she will examine how a specific protein is regulated as well as the role that protein plays in the development of PAH.
Joseph Reynolds, PhD (Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago)
Dr. Reynolds is studying the roll of specific proteins called cytokines in severe influenza infection. He will investigate whether these cytokines promote improved immune responses to influenza which can lead to new treatments for inflammation-based respiratory disorders.
Andrew Haak, PhD (Mayo Clinic)
Myofibroblasts cells are one of the core contributors to the cause of lung fibrosis disease. Dr. Haak will study how to activate specific cells that are known to block myofibroblasts in hopes of reducing their effect in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), which remains a disease with limited therapeutic options.
Marc Sala, MD (Northwestern University-Chicago Campus)
Dr. Sala will research the role of a specific group of proteins in the development of pulmonary hypertension. A better understanding of the role played by this group of proteins may result in new drug options for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.
Our Partnerships

$100,000 & Above




Inkind Corporate Gifts

Legacy Society
Giving Clubs

President’s Circle of Breath: Visionary

$25,000 & Above

President’s Circle of Breath: Ambassador

$10,000 – $24,999

President’s Circle of Breath: Founder

$5,000 – $9,999

Champions of Breath: Guardian

$5,000 & Above

Champions of Breath: Partner

$1,000 – $4,999

Champions of Breath: Friend

$500 – $999

Board of Directors
A Look Ahead

Thank you again for your time, your energy and your generous support in 2016 that which powered our efforts to save lives.

As we look ahead, we see that there is still much work to do, more lives to save and people to impact. So we ask for your continued commitment, involvement and support of our work. Why? Because lung cancer is still the number one cancer killer in the country and 34 million people still suffer from lung disease.

We look to grow and expand our work on lung health and clean air by increasing our investment in research; enhancing our programs; advocating for more smokefree and clean air policies; and strengthening our partnerships and creating new ones.

We made great strides this year, but we have work ahead and your support is critical to strengthen the American Lung Association and ultimately, save more lives!

Call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit Lung.org to stay informed, inspired and invested in our fight against lung disease and for lung health.