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



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.



Ken Schanz


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.



Michelle Bass-Williams

Vice President

I am a compassionate supporter of Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis. I was given a second chance at life after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and I strive to spend it helping others. I am very passionate about educating and informing people on the importance of organ donation and the lives it saves. I have the ability to empathize with families and people that have to endure the trials and tribulations that come with organ transplants because I had a lung transplant on December 9, 2012. I have first-hand knowledge on what happens during this often trying time and I use my knowledge to help other people genuinely lift their spirits. I am very passionate about what I do, and Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis helps me do this.



Mary Lynn Powell

(573) 231-4968

Hi, my name is Mary Lynn Powell and I have volunteered to be the Treasurer of Second Wind, St. Louis. I have been Secretary and Treasurer at Monroe Manor in Paris, Missouri since 2006. They have taught me well. Michelle Williams is a BFF of mine, we go back 30 years. I was born and raised in the North County area of St. Louis. I had an interesting childhood as my father was into creating things to provide medical advancement. Among them was helping to develop the first heart and lung machine (we had a plastic prototype of it in our basement). He also helped to develop a better baby incubator with a team of guys who were working in our basement on the project. So I have had a strong medical background from the start, but numbers are what I love. I have an accounting degree from Columbia College and 30 years of accounting experience to back it up so I feel I can serve you well. I love to garden and grow things and we have a variety of animals at home. I am an avid essential oil user and enthusiast. And, yes, I have a Donor badge on my driver’s license.



Michael Kilfoy

Board Member

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, the St. Louis Public Schools, Straub’s, and Second Wind Lung Transplant Association. 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.



Michael Williams

Board Member

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.



Standing Committee Chairpersons


Ken Schanz


Lori Sauerwein

Co-Editor, Writer

Committee Members

Dr. Ramsey Hachem, M.D.
Medical Advisor and Columnist

Dr. Susan Fritz, PhD
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Bethany Sprague, MPH, PT
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Linda Britton
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