2018 Board Members
President - John Steinmetz, MBA, RRT
John has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 35 years graduating from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1982. Two years later he and his family and packed up in an old Chevy pickup and U-haul trailer and made their way to Reno where he started work at St. Mary's Medical Center. Over the course of the next 35 years he has worked as Director/Manager of several hospitals, Operations Manager for a medical manufacturer, educator at Carrington College for 3 of the 6 years when he was in Las Vegas, and staff therapist. Shortly after arriving in Reno, he became actively involved with the NSRC and during this time he has proudly served on the NSRC Board of Directors in most positions. He represented Nevada as NSRC Delegate to the AARC House of Delegates for over 10 years and served as AARC Speaker of the House in 2012. He has had many wonderful memories of the experiences and the many wonderful people who he has come to know during the last 35 years. "Being a Respiratory Therapist is a great career and our importance to patients we treat in and out of the hospital cannot be understated."
President Elect - Anthony Everidge, MBA, RRT-NPS
Anthony has practiced respiratory care since 1983, with experience in virtually all facets of RT. Clinically, his experience ranges from staff therapist, shift supervisor, lead therapist to department manager. In the education arena, Anthony began his career with Pima Medical in 2008. Anthony has been a contributing writer for academic RT textbooks, as well as a text reviewer. He also serves with the NSRC and is a member of the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, Respiratory Advisory Board.
Vice President - Sandy Ollivier, RRT
Sandy is currently a staff therapist and asthma educator at Renown Health System with Health Enhancement Services (since 1992). She has been licensed since 1984. She was an educator and clinical instructor with St. Luke's Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX (1987-1992). Sandy also has a recent abstract presentation with prior publications in Respiratory Care.
Secretary - Connie Small, BSRC, RRT-NPS, CPFT
Connie was born and raised in International Falls, MN. She attended school for respiratory therapy at what is now called St. Paul College in St. Paul, MN. Connie worked in the Twin Cities area for a few years before moving to Des Moines, IA. Connie spent 10 years in Des Moines working at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. She then spent two years as a traveling RT working in Flagstaff, AZ; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas, NV. Connie settled down in Las Vegas in 2003. She has been active on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Society for Respiratory Care in various positions since 2007.
Treasurer - Bonnie Weaver, RRT, RCP
Bonnie has served as President Elect in 2003, as President from 2004-2006, and as Immediate Past President in 2007. Bonnie has worked at Sunrise Hospital, Desert Springs Hospital, and Health South on Valley View. Bonnie also worked with Dr. Mindy Shapiro and Dr. Laura Likar for 5.5 years doing pulmonary function tests, as a patient advocate, and as office manager. She moved to Las Vegas from Laramie, Wyoming. While in WY, she was active with the Wyoming Society for Respiratory Care serving as a Delegate for 2.5 years, as Secretary for 2 years which included being Editor of the WSRC Newsletter. Bonnie is currently a member in good standing with the AARC since 1991 and the NBRC.
Director-at-Large - Ryan Hamblin, MBA RRT
Ryan has been a Respiratory Therapist for 20 years with experience in nearly all areas of Respiratory Care. He began in Colorado working in the NICU, PICU and Airlife flight team. He then served as the Department Manager for a small hospital outside Denver where he was over stress test, PFT and Pulmonary Rehab programs. He then moved to Las Vegas where he worked at Sunrise Hospital as a supervisor for the last 10 years. He was just recently named the Director of Respiratory for Sunrise Hospital. He now uses his position to fight for autonomy for Respiratory Therapists and expanded roles.
Director-at-Large - Randy Loo, RRT
I am currently serving as a supervisor at Renown Health Systems and have been so for the last 3.5 years and started nearly 5 years ago. I have had the good fortune of being a respiratory therapist for approximately 15.5 years. Of those 15.5 years, 8 were spent travelling. I have travelled to 8 different states along the western and eastern coasts (Arizona, Wyoming, California, Nevada, DC, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire), 17 different hospitals, a couple I had the pleasure of serving at twice. I have made my home in Reno because of two things. The first and probably the most important is the birth of my beautiful son. And second, as it just so happens this was my last assignment as a traveler. I loved Reno so much the first time, I decided to come back. I love this field and could not imagine myself doing anything else; it has given so much to me that I must give back. Thank you for consideration and the possibility to give back.
Director-at-Large - Jennifer MacKenzie, MBA, BSRT, RRT-NPS
Jennifer is a native New Yorker who moved to AZ in 1994 and got her AAS in Respiratory Care from Pima Community College in Tucson in 1999. She earned both her MBA and BSRT from Boise State, and is currently working on her MSRC with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. She has been a RT for 19 years and counting. She took care of patients in the acute care setting as well as the long term care setting. She also has had the honor of being the RRT on a Neonatal Air Medical Transport Team. Her passions lie in Pediatrics and Neonatology, as well as education. She then relocated with her family to Las Vegas from Phoenix and is blessed to be named RT Program Director at PMI.
Director-at-Large - Olivia Jean Murphy, BSc, RRT-NPS
I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Prior to moving to the United States I graduated at a young age in Computer Information Technology with an emphasis in programming. I had a successful career in information technology working for the Canadian Department of National Defence, and Convergys. I married and moved to Las Vegas to only discover while working as an analysts for a pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly that my career was not satisfying.
While volunteering for Volunteers In Medicine of Southern Nevada I became inspired in the field of Respiratory Therapy after observing RRT's Connie and Dan Small assist and change the quality life of a pulmonary patient in the spirometry clinic they spear-headed.
I graduated from the College of Southern Nevada AAS Cardiorespiratory program in 2015. Post-graduation I worked as a traveling RT and completed a 2 year cardiorespiratory science Bachelor program in 1 year at CSN. During that time my son was born with central apnea of prematurity, and severe laryngomalacia and tracheomalacia and a small heart complication. Through the daunting experience with my son I am now more driven to help other caregivers. Currently I am working as a Respiratory Therapist level lll and training in the NICU and PICU. I am actively involved in volunteering with the American Lung Association, dog rescues and involved with the support network Coping With Laryngomalacia.
Delegate - David Lockwood, RRT
I have been in the field of respiratory care since 1978. During that time I have held many positions from staff to management. In my early years, I was active in the VT/NHSRC and chaired their first 2-day conference back in 1980. I was also on the BOD for the High Sierra Critical Care Conference for 5 years in the early 90's. My most recent position was as an Application Specialist for Hamilton Medical, Inc. before returning to the hospital environment.