After 10 years at the helm of the American Sleep Apnea Association, I step down, bowing to the Board of Directors’ decision to set a new direction for the Association under new leadership.
I am proud of what we have accomplished to raise the visibility of the ASAA, putting the patient at the center in our efforts to combat sleep-disordered breathing along with our partners nationwide.
Successes with shout-outs –
· First Sleep Apnea Awareness Day lecture with David Rapoport (2005)
· Open Letter to the Sleep Community published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine with Kingman Strohl (2006)
· Remake of the “What Is Sleep Apnea?” video with Deborah Papier (2008)
· First Sleep Apnea and Trucking Conference with Reid Blank and Bob Stanton (2010)
· CPAP Assistance Program with Mark Seager and Kalimah Ashby (2011)
· Chairing the first International Roundtable of Sleep Apnea Patient Organizations at the World Congress of Sleep Apnea with Mario Fabiani (2012)
· Proposal to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a Patient-Powered Research Network with Susan Redline, Steve DeCelle and Carl Stepnowsky (2013)
Not clear as of now – what I am hoping for is to continue my efforts to promote sleep health and to leverage what and who I know to help people get the good night’s sleep they need and deserve.