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
Lead Agency

Director of Emergency Preparedness
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.

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Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
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.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Intern
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.

Alpha Home Health Care
Frank Clark, owner
Tami Jones
Apria Health Care
Doug Cannon
Steve Knapp
Cheryl Quertermous
Beck’s Drugs Oxygen and Home Medical
Melinda Dixon
Care Medical Supplies
Nicole Garrett - BSW, MS
Byrd Watson Medical
Tim Copple (Centralia)
Family Home Health Care & Supplies
Brittany Roberts
Home Health Solutions
by The Medicine Shoppe

Scott Bencie
Angela Tresso
Tom Liebenrood
SIH Sleep Lab
Kevin Kaytor

Hospital Partners

Emergency Management Agencies

Electricity Utility Provider

American Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois Region

Ameren Illinois
Tina Gibbs
Community Relations Coordinator, Community & Public Relations
Disaster Program Specialist
Valerie Goodwin


Silkworm, Inc.
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.
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Travis Bliffen, Website Marketing
Shane Bell, Website Development
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