The American Lung Association’s Regional Tobacco-Free Coalitions are dedicated to saving lives by eliminating tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease throughout the Northcentral, Northeast and Southcentral regions of Pennsylvania.
As part of Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, our work is based on the Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goals identified are designed to guide programs in their effort to significantly decrease tobacco related morbidity, mortality and economic costs.
The Lung Association’s Regional Tobacco-Free Coalitions use these goals to guide its work locally throughout the 35-county region. To advance its work the Lung Association identifies partner agencies that share its vision and who have specialized skills in a particular area of tobacco control. We invest in programs that foster sustainable change by embedding tobacco prevention and treatment of tobacco use dependency into existing programs and structures.
Chelsey Hildebrand is a health promotions manager with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and her primary role consists of overall management of the three regional comprehensive tobacco control grants that the American Lung Association receives through the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Tobacco Control. Chelsey received her master’s degree in public health from West Chester University, as well as obtained her certified tobacco treatment specialist certificate (C.T.T.S.) from MayoClinic. She presently manages all tobacco cessation services, tobacco-free policy assistance, youth prevention programs, and legislative education. In addition, she oversees and assists with the implementation of four Regional LUNG FORCE Expo’s, one day educational conferences, that are offered to respiratory therapists, registered nurses, other public health professionals, and patients and caregivers with lung disease.
Julie Davis Bartol is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. In this position, Julie works with partners to distribute program materials, review expenses, and manage the Nicotine Replacement Therapy supply. She provides outreach for clients seeking resources in Central PA. Julie manages the coalition website, newsletter and the Facebook page. She purchases items and assists at several American Lung Association’s annual events as well. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of arts degree. Prior to joining American Lung Association, Julie worked for PA Nutrition Education Network for nearly eight years gaining knowledge in nutrition, rural health, marketing and planning.
Derek Leshak is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. His primary role consists of overseeing a team of tobacco enforcement officers who conduct inspections at tobacco retailers in Pennsylvania. These inspections are required by state law and aim to reduce the sale of tobacco products to those under the legal purchasing age. The enforcement program conducts separate inspections on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Derek assists in ensuring the completion of inspections of Pennsylvania establishments that are required by the Clean Indoor Air Act.
Amber Fields is an Associate of Health Promotions for the American Lung Association. She manages and processes all regional tobacco control service provider’s monthly invoices. In addition, she assists with coalition recruitment and retention efforts, along with assisting in managing the coalition Facebook page.
Amber is also the state lead for Freedom From Smoking in Pennsylvania and assists with managing facilitator records, as well as general requests related to the program. Amber is currently earning her degree from Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies.
Tony Delonti is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. His involvement with the association began as a volunteer in 1981 advocating for the Clean Indoor Air Act and has been an employee since 1991. His primary role is to provide youth tobacco prevention programs in the North East and North Central part of Pennsylvania. He also provides facilitator cessation training for both adults and youth as well as support for other American Lung Association signature programs.
Yvonne Kuhenbeaker is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. She manages the Diabetes Prevention Program and Matter of Balance for the North Central, South Central and Northeast counties in PA. In addition, she serves as a work team leader for the Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition’s Lung Health workgroup, assists with maintenance of American Lung Association’s national database files and oversees the Tobacco Service subcontractors in the Northeast region of PA. Yvonne’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in Database Management and Marketing. Prior to joining American Lung Association, she worked for the Regional Primary contractor, Tobacco-Free Northeast PA for six years.
David Huber is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. He joined the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania in 2021. His primary role consists of providing technical assistance to tobacco service providers in the implementation and management of tobacco cessation services, including providing tobacco-free policy assistance. In addition, David leads the recruitment and member reengagement workgroup for the Southcentral Tobacco-free Coalition of Pennsylvania. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Penn State University.
Meredith Bigger is a health promotions specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. Her primary role consists of working directly in the community and with local partners in the Northcentral region, promoting both adult and youth tobacco cessation services, offering tobacco-free policy assistance to various community organizations, as well as providing legislative education. Meredith leads the recruitment and member reengagement workgroup for the Northcentral Tobacco-Free Coalition.
Meredith graduated from Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Prior to joining the American Lung Association, she worked as an educator for over 10 years and worked with the aging and disabled population for 3 years. She passionately promotes ALA’s mission to save lives by promoting lung health and preventing lung disease.
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