Board of Directors

Board of Directors Mission

The members of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Chapter of Second Wind Lung Transplant Association act as a voting member of the Board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization; to monitor the organization's financial health, programs and overall performance; and to ensure provision of resources necessary to meet the needs of those the organization serves.

Second Wind Board of Directors Duties and Responsibilities

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Bylaws for Second Wind of St. Louis

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Updated March 07, 2016

 

Ken-Schanz

Ken Schanz

President
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On New Years Eve of 1989 I met a young lady at a local night club. Her honesty and zest for life just amazed me. At the time of meeting her, she told me about her health issues, of being born with only one lung, also having pulmonary hypertension and being on a transplant waiting list. Most men would have turned and run for the hills, but not me. I knew that we were brought together for a reason. Even knowing that her health issues would be challenging, on May 13, 2000, we became husband and wife and here we are 16 years later.

Sonia, my wife received her transplant in August of 2000. During the years, the Second Wind Lung Transplant Association St. Louis has been there with us all the way. In the past years, we have become involved in assisting the Second Wind Lung Walk and Run and have enjoyed every minute of it.

I was born in the Midwest within an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Missouri and have lived here most of my life, except for 6 years while I lived in England. I have continued to work and grow in the transportation industry, starting as a driver working my way up to being an Operations Manager for Ursa Logistics.
Being a caregiver and sole provider for a transplant patient has been challenging and the most rewarding experience in my life. I’m honored to be on the Board of Directors of Second Wind St. Louis and I look forward to the challenges that lie before us and will do my best to assist in any way possible.

 

Kelly McClure

Treasurer
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My husband Jim had his lung transplant in February 2018. We felt so lucky to be from St. Louis, close enough to Barnes Jewish hospital and the outstanding transplant team! Everyone there is just awesome! All the staff, techs, nurses, administrative, respiratory, pulmonary rehab, research, cafeteria, food service, housekeeping, valets, volunteers, doctors, surgeons and anyone in between.

After Jim received this unbelievable gift, we wanted to help out!

We felt such empathy for those who were not from the St. Louis area and had to move here for their transplant. The extra amount of stress and worry they must have, not to mention the funds to do so or being away from home and family. We felt blessed, grateful and wanted to help. Unfortunately we are not independently wealthy, but we can support Second Wind St. Louis, who CAN offer assistance. The organization has been a great education and support team for us and our daughter. The support group gave Jim somewhere to meet and talk with others who could understand what it is like – the process, the problems, the ups and downs of illness, recovery, etc.

Anyone can apply for financial assistance, as long as you meet the requirements and you are a pre or post lung transplant patient at Barnes Jewish or Children’s hospitals in St. Louis.

I look forward to helping Second Wind St. Louis, as Treasurer, so they can continue helping lung transplant recipients and their families!

 

Beverly Crosby-Blackmon

Board Member
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Amanda Helderle

Board Member
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Nick Ingram

Board Member
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Michael-Kilfoy

Michael Kilfoy

Board Member
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Michael Kilfoy is a passionate creative, marketer, designer, and photographer. He is the owner and Chief Creative Officer of Studio X, a brand marketing, design and photography firm located in Maplewood, Missouri. He has extensive experience in branding working in all facets of digital and print media. He has done extensive branding, design, and photography for Great Rivers Greenway, The Salvation Army, the City of Maplewood, Straub’s, The South Grand Business District, Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, and many businesses throughout the region. He authored a nationally award-winning book on the city of St. Louis called St. Louis Seen and Unseen and CID: A Journey, a book about the Central Institute for the Deaf.

 

Jim McClure

Board Member
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My name is Jim McClure. I was born with a rare condition called Kartageners (kar·ta·ge·ner) syndrome or Primary Cilia Dyskensia (PCD). A rare condition which caused all of my organs to be reversed and the cilia to not function properly. It is treated much like Cystic Fibrosis. I grew up being sick a lot and having to do many treatments. I was unable to clear my lungs, which caused frequent lung and sinus infections and then eventually bronchieactisis. In 2008, I was diagnosed with nocardia and started using oxygen and gradually got worse. In 2017, my SLU pulmonary doctor sent me to Barnes for transplant evaluation and I received my new lungs February 2018. Since the transplant I have been doing really good.

It is hard to put into words the feeling of getting another chance at life, from another’s life lost. You think of your donor and their family. What they had to go through for me to be here? What if it was the other way around? I am very thankful for my donor and the donor family! I hope they have found peace. Their self less gift of organ donation has let me go on, I am blessed and grateful for them.

I have been married to my wonderful wife Kelly for 26 yrs. She is my caregiver, along with our amazing 23 year old daughter.

In the past I have worked on golf courses as a mechanic and eventually head grounds keeper. Then I was a commercial carpenter for many years, until I was unable to do construction. For a short time, I drove over the road until I was unable to work any longer.

It is an honor for me to be part of Second Wind and help any way I can. They were a great help to me and my family while waiting to be listed, getting ready for transplant and after transplant. Being able to connect with others in the same situation, talking about their conditions and listening to what they went through helped me to prepare for the transplant journey. Now after getting the gift of life, it’s nice to have the Second Wind Lung Transplant family to compare notes and share concerns with.

 

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Michael Williams

Board Member
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Hello all. My name is Michael Williams and I am Michelle Bass-Williams husband. I was born and raised in North County by two loving parents that gave me strong Midwestern values and work ethics. I have been in the electrical/electronic controls industry for more than 30 years, 27 years of those in various sales roles. Like others with Second Wind, I come to the organization from that of a care giver. To be honest, I knew nothing of the organization before my wife’s transplant. You see Michelle stepped off of the cliff and her disease escalated from being told she would need a transplant in the middle of October 2012 to being blessed in having one on December 9, 2012 just before being intubated.

To say we were on the roller coaster ride from September of 2012 until the beginning of 2013 is an understatement. This was the most trying time, but the most rewarding of my life. You see, my wife has a second chance at life because a family made the unselfish and generous decision to donate their loved one’s organs. I cannot fathom having a loved one in a position where this decision needs to be made at a time of grief. That is why I encourage everyone to make the decision to become an organ donor, so loved ones are not in a position to make that decision should the time arise. Michelle and I learned of Second Wind from some friends of hers, Brandi and Ben Akers. Brandi, a lung transplant recipient herself, and Ben a coworker of Michelle’s in the past. Because we had heard nothing but good things about the organization we decided to participate in the Lung Walk as a part of Brandi and Ben’s team. My wife, as she does most things, dove in head first and was all in for raising funds for Second Wind.

Soon after this we started attending the Sunday afternoon socials, as I call them, and began to make friends of the people that attended. Everyone shares their experiences with one another, making all feel more relaxed and not alone in the effort, even if they did not realize this was happening. All in attendance were so friendly, gracious and thankful. It is a great environment to be around, especially for those that may be having difficulty after transplant. Michelle and I learned more about Second Wind and how they help those pre- and post-transplant patients with their monetary and social needs. Michelle and I believe we can help this organization. With my strong business and sales background, I hope to help Second Wind increase their awareness in the community and thereby the money with which they can help those in need. There will be challenges, but with communication, strength of the community, and desire, I believe we can overcome anything thrown our way.

 

Sonia Schanz

Board Member
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Ramsey Hachem, M.D.

Medical Advisor and Columnist
Washington University School of Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care

Second Wind St. Louis is honored and pleased to present articles written by Dr. Ramsey Hachem, MD. Dr. Hachem practices at Washington University School of Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. He became the physician representative on Second Wind St. Louis’ Board of Advisors in 2004. Dr. Hachem studied medicine and completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical School followed by a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

A member of the BJC Lung Transplant team, he specializes in treating diseases of the lungs and is board certified in Pulmonology, Transplantation, Critical Care, and Internal Medicine. Dr Hachem sees patients at the Jacqueline Maritz Lung Center of Washington University and at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He has been kind enough to contribute these articles to Second Wind about lung transplantation and related topics.

 

 

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