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Al Keith

C.T.K. Clinical Consultants, LLC
Empowering With Education!
Al Keith, BA, LRT, CRT, AE-C

Al Keith is a licensed and certified respiratory therapist. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Respiratory Therapy Program and National-Louis University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health. As a result of his Read More

Anne Silea

Anne Silea leads the Center for Rural Health Innovation for BioSTL and works to improve the health and economic vitality of underserved communities through innovation and coalition building. Anne has worked with organizations in the nonprofit sector for more than 16 years, helping to establish them as change leaders and Read More

Ben Francisco

Professor, Pulmonary Medicine & Allergy
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Child Health

Director, Asthma Ready® Communities; Author, IMPACT Asthma Kids© suite of asthma disease management tools for asthma control; Past President, Association of Asthma Educators; Teaching Professor, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Child Health, Pulmonary Medicine; Read More

Bernard Eskridge

Bernard Eskridge, MD is a board-certified general pediatrician and the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at MU Health Care (the University of Missouri). He is also the National Environment Education Foundation Region 7 Faculty Asthma Champion and remains interested on the impacts outdoor and indoor environmental exposures have upon pediatric Read More

Bhawani Mishra

Senior Research Analyst, is an applied economist working in health care issues. Dr. Mishra has been involved in many projects related to Missouri Medicaid claims data for last seven years, which includes childhood asthma and obesity. In addition, Dr. Mishra is also involved in other several projects like Healthcare Effectiveness Read More

Blake Godwin

Sr. Director, Video Productions
Blake is a video producer and director for the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) and has worked there since 1989. MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization that helps local school boards ensure all students succeed. MSBA provides board member training, comprehensive policy support, legal assistance, superintendent search Read More

Christina Luksza, RRT

RRT, School/Physician Liaison and Asthma Educator, Washington County Memorial Hospital, Respiratory Director, Camp Catch-Ya-Breath.

Christina received her Respiratory Therapy Degree from Sanford Brown College in St. Louis Missouri.  She became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 2009. Christina has 14 years of experience in spirometry testing. Christina has demonstrated her talent as Read More

Deb Cook

RN, AE-C is a distinguished school nurse retired after more than 30 years of service to Dunklin Public Schools. Deb is a certified asthma educator who serves as faculty on Asthma ECHO. She is past president of the Missouri School Nurses Association. Deb is a leading advocate in Missouri for Read More

Dr John C. Kraemer

Professor and Program Director for the Environmental Science Program
Director, Center for Environmental Analysis
CEO. Institute for Environmental Health Assessment and Patient Centered Outcomes

Dr. Kraemer designed and implemented the asthma home assessment and trigger reduction planning process model for the Missouri Asthma prevention and Control Program. This system was adopted by the Read More

Dr. Adrienne Ohler

Dr. Adrienne Ohler is an Associate Extension Professor, working in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and with MU Extension’s Business and Community Development Division. She has extensive research and teaching experience in the field of applied economics and statistics. Adrienne’s work employs survey, secondary data analysis, and simulation modeling Read More

Dr. Jenna Wintemberg

Dr. Jenna Wintemberg, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and has led cessation programs on a university campus, for a local Housing Authority, and currently at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She is an advocate for tobacco control policies and served as Chair of Tobacco Free Missouri from Read More

Dr. Paul Foreman

PhD, MS, MA is Project Director for Asthma Ready Communities for the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. For more than thirty years, Dr. Foreman has worked as a clinical professional with health impaired children in a variety of settings including mental health centers, Read More

Dr. Shelley J Cooper

Shelley Cooper, EDD specializes in designing innovative telehealth solutions. She earned her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University it Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Her dissertation entitled, Opinion leaders’ perspective of the benefits and barriers in telemedicine: A grounded theory study of telehealth in the Midwest, explored Read More

Ellis Benus

Web Developer

Ellis Benus has been building websites for a couple decades now. He has specialized in building WordPress websites, and helping people maintain them. He has taught people from 8 to 88 how to maintain their own web presences. He owns Floating Ax Technologies (please make this a link to Read More

John F. Spivey MD

I received my medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine (Class of 2000). My pediatric training (internship, residency, Chief Residency) was at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics and had the pleasure to meet and train under Dr Ben Francisco at that time. My pediatric pulmonary training Read More

Julie Patterson

BA with background in Business; Program Coordinator, Asthma Ready® Communities; Coordinator, Pediatric Sleep ECHO;

Kelsey R

Kelsey has been a pediatric respiratory therapist for 13 years. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011 where she also cheered for the Mizzou Tigers. Kelsey has worked for MU health care for the entirety of her career. Working with asthma and cystic fibrosis patients, she has helped Read More

Luke Gard

Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, CIEC (ACAC Certification)
Certified Microbial Consultant, CMC (ACAC Certification)
Building Operator Certification, BOC
Healthy Home Specialist, HHS (NEHA Credential)

Mr. Gard has nearly 25 years of experience in the field of environmental health. He began his career in environmental laboratories, performing analyses and helping develop methods. In 2005, Luke began Read More

Mary Arnold

Mary Arnold BS, RRT, CPFT, AE-C works as a Population Health Management Network Representative at Children’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions.

She graduated from the College of St. Mary (AS), and the University of Kansas (BS).  She has worked in healthcare since 1982 with many varied roles including: inpatient and outpatient respiratory Read More

Michelle Dickens

Industry Partner, Data Report Designer
Michelle Dickens MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C is a nurse practitioner and certified asthma educator. An NP since 1997, she specializes in asthma care at the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Department of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in Springfield, Missouri. She is the founder and coordinator of the CoxHealth Asthma Read More

Ning Haluck

Dr. Haluck is a general pediatrician and Medical Director, Operation Breakthrough, Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital.  She began her journey with Asthma Ready® Communities by participating in the Impact Asthma and Asthma Care Accelerator ECHO programs in 2018.  She has since represented Asthma Ready at the National MetaECHO Conference in Read More

Peggy Gaddy

Peggy Gaddy, RRT, MBA, has served over 18 years as a manager in public health. She has served as the Coordinator for the Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Program at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for over fifteen years. The position is responsible for the oversight of Read More

Ragini Kapoor

Ragini Kapoor is a Pediatric Pulmonologist. She completed medical school in India, pediatric residency at MU and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at Childrens Hospital, Washington University of St. Louis. After her fellowship returned to work at MU and joined the Asthma Ready® Communities team. Dr. Kapoor has a special Read More

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown, MPA, RRT, AE-C, is an asthma education trainer for hospitals, clinics, and schools and supports project coordination and implementation with Asthma Ready Communities. Rebecca became a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) in 2014, received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in Read More

Shelly Grant

RRT, CPFT, AE-C is a registered respiratory therapist, certified pulmonary function technician, and certified asthma educator. 

Shelly has worked at Cox Health Systems in Springfield MO for 31 years.  She has worked in the pulmonary function laboratory since 2007 where she performs PFTs, broncho-challenge studies, and cardiopulmonary stress testing. In addition to the Read More

Sherri Homan

RN, FNP, PhD is a nurse practitioner and epidemiology consultant, a nurse scientist with a national cancer cooperative group, and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing. Dr. Homan has 25+ years of experience in public health, is a former public health epidemiologist at the Missouri Read More

Tammy Reed

RRT, AE-C, RPSGT, EMT-P, CPFT, NPS, Director of Respiratory Therapy and Asthma Education, Washington County Memorial Hospital, Camp Director, Camp Catch-Ya-Breath

Tammy received her Respiratory Therapy Degree from Independence University.  She became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1996 and obtained her Asthma certification in 2008.  Tammy has demonstrated her talent as Read More

Tammy Rood


I am a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified asthma educator in the Pediatric Pulmonary & Allergy Division at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have been caring for children with asthma since 2008. I am a team member of Asthma Ready® Communities, the Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Read More

Tracy Godfrey, MD

I have been a lifelong Missouri resident having grown up and currently residing in Carl Junction, MO (near Joplin). I attended college, medical school, and completed my residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Just like my specialty, I’ve done a little bit of everything Read More