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​Board Members and Staff​​​​

The NBRC has a 31-member Board of Trustees. The organizations listed below each appoint professionals to serve on the NBRC Board of Trustees:

  • AARC – 15 respiratory therapists and/or pulmonary function technologists
  • CHEST– 5 physicians
  • ASA – 5 physicians
  • ATS – 5 physicians

The NBRC also elects one public member to complete the 31-member governing body.

​Executive Committee

Robert L. Joyner, Jr., PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC (AARC)President

Alan L. Plummer, MD, FCCP, FAARC (ATS) – Vice President

Linda A. Napoli, MBA, RRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT (AARC) – Secretary

Robert A. Balk, MD, FCCP (CHEST) – Treasurer

Todd G. Bocklage, MPA, RRT (AARC)  At-Large Member

Katherine L. Fedor, MBA, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT (AARC) – At-Large Member

Stephen A. Stayer, MD (ASA) –​ At-Large Member

Carl F. Haas, MLS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, CPFT, FAARC (AARC) – Past President


Public Advisor

Glenna L. Tinney, MSW


Members of the Board

Sherry L. Barnhart Stadter, RRT, RRT-NPS, FAARC (AARC)

Susan B. Blonshine, BS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC (AARC)

William W. Burgin, Jr., MD, FCCP (ATS)

Brian W. Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAARC (ATS)

Robin J. Elwood, MD, FAAP (ASA)

Thomas M. Fuhrman, MD, MMSc, FCCP (CHEST)

Kerry E. George, MEd, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC (AARC)

Jay Hammerling, MD (ASA)

Hyacinth M. Johnson, RN, BSN, MPA, RRT (AARC)

Carl A. Kaplan, MD, FCCP (CHEST)

James Lamberti, MD, FCCP (CHEST)

David C. Levin, MD, FCCP (ATS)

Robert A. May, MD, FCCP (CHEST)

Laura L. McFarland, BS, RRT, RRT-SDS, RPSGT (AARC)

Carl D. Mottram, BA, RRT, RPFT, FAARC (AARC)

Theodora (Dorre) K. Nicholau, MD, PhD (ASA)

Donald S. Prough, MD, FCCP (ASA)

Gregg L. Ruppel, MEd, RRT, RPFT, FAARC (AARC)

Robert A. Sinkin, MD, MPH, FAAP (ATS)


David L. Vines, MHS, RRT, FAARC (AARC)

Teresa A. Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMTE, FAARC (AARC)


Trustee Emeritus

H. F. Helmholz Jr., MD, FAARC

Robert M. Lawrence, MD

Theodore Oslick, MD, FCCP, FAARC 



Gary A. Smith, RRT (Hon), FAARC – Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Lori M. Tinkler, MBA – Chief Operating Officer and Associate Executive Director

Scott M. Hermansen, CPA  Chief Financial Officer

Robert C. Shaw Jr., PhD, RRT, FAARC – Assistant Executive Director/Examinations Director                and Psychometrician

Melanie Thomas  Assistant Executive Director/Certification Director

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