B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Program Development
The B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Easier in Power Outage Emergencies" program was developed by Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department in partnership with Home Medical Equipment Companies (HMECs), sleep labs, Ameren Illinois, hospitals, and emergency response agencies serving Illinois residents of Franklin and Williamson counties.
Individuals, and their respective organizations, contributing to the development of this program are listed below.
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department
Ronda Koch, BS, MS, Program Developer Lead
Ronda Koch has been working in the field of Public Health emergency preparedness since 2006. Before this Ronda conducted award-winning community programming, international event planning, and was owner/manager of her own training and PR companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, specializing in Public Relations and a master’s degree in Workforce Education, both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Illinois.
Rick Hartke, BS
Rick Hartke works in the field of Public Health emergency preparedness and environmental health. He has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education, specializing in Corporate Training and Development/Ecological Controls, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas.
Suzy Ganey, BS, MPH
Suzy Ganey worked as an intern for Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Division, January – April 2011. She is the creative genius behind the BREATHE acronym and conducted initial work on the Community Power Outage Plan.
Home Medical Equipment Companies (HMECs) and Sleep Labs
Subject matter experts (SMEs) for the B.R.E.A.T.H.E. program.
Frank Clark, owner
Nicole Garrett - BSW, MS
Tim Copple (Centralia)
by The Medicine Shoppe
Shirley Spangler, RN, BSN, ED Manager
Judy Courter, MLT (ASCP), Lab Manager
Chad Hill, Director for Cardio-Pulmonary Dept.
Brad Sanders, RRT
Brad Graul, RN, PhRN, EMS Coordinator
Amanda Throgmorten, RN
Beau McFarlin, EMS Coordinator
Emergency Management Agencies
Ryan Buckingham, IPEM
Kelly Urahan, IPEM
David R Shryock, MSN
Electricity Utility Provider
American Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois Region
Community Relations Coordinator, Community & Public Relations
Mike Bergman, Account Executive
Silkworm, Inc. designed the artwork featured on the B.R.E.A.T.H.E. worksheet, used to create dry-erase, wipe-able magnets that were distributed in the local B.R.E.A.T.H.E. campaign.