2021 Board of Directors

Immediate Past President  - 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 21 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. 

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President- Gretchen Keys, EdD(c), MSL, BS, RRT

Originally from New Orleans, Gretchen moved to Las Vegas from Southern California, where she worked in various roles as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, including acute and emergency care, home care, and hyperbaric medicine.  Gretchen earned her Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University and is currently completing her Doctorate of Education at Bradley University where she is expected to graduate in 2022. Gretchen and her family relocated to Las Vegas in 2019 where she accepted the position of Respiratory Care Program Director at Carrington College.

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- Coming soon





Director-at-Large -  Vicki  Smith

Director -at-Large- 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, including President.  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."

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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.

Delegate - Kirk Smith