Who We Are

Mission

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.

Goals

  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
  • Promote quitting among youth and adults
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Identify and eliminate tobacco related health disparities

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.

Staff

Caitlin Cluck

Caitlin Cluck is a health promotions director for the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. Caitlin holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and is a certified tobacco treatment specialist. She joined the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania in 2016. Cait currently oversees three tobacco control grants, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Through these grants free tobacco cessation services, tobacco free policy assistance, youth prevention programs, and legislative education to Pennsylvania residents can be offered.

Chelsey Hildebrand

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 co-manages with Caitlin Cluck 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.

Shelly Cree

Shelly Cree is a health promotions manager with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and her primary role consists of managing all asthma signature programs in Pennsylvania and chronic disease integration within the PA Tobacco Control Grant. She presently oversees the National Kickin’ Asthma Pilot for the Eastern Region and serves as the lead staff for program collaboration.

Derek Leshak

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.

Julie Davis Bartol

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 and planning.

Tony Delonti

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

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, TobaccoFree Northeast PA for six years.

Statewide Partners

3001 Gettysburg Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(p) 717-971-1134
(f) 888-415-5757

This project is funded by a grant through
the PA Department of Health.

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