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By: Kevin Asp on September 23rd, 2015

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Q+A Meet The AAST Board of Directors!

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AAST Board of Directors

Meet the AAST's board of directors for 2015-2016!

Members of the AAST Board of Directors are self-nominated and elected by members. The term for each AAST President is two years, while Officers and Directors serve a three-year term beginning at the AAST General Membership Meeting in June.

We wrote about Shalanda Mitchell, this year's recipient of the AAST Leadership award, who expressed her gratitude for an AAST board of director's mentorship and help throughout her career. 

AAST Board members are an incredible resource for new and existing members of the AAST. We welcome you to contact them here, whether it's a question or for advice! 

The next call for nominations will be in Winter 2016. We look forward to have new members interested in applying reaching out to us!

Here's a little bit about our wonderful board of directors:

Laura A. Linley, RST, RPSGT, CRTT, President

AAST Board of Directors

 Job before entering sleep tech world?

My first job was a dietary aide at a nursing home and then right into respiratory care. I actually worked with neonatal ICU and with 4 channel pneumograms so I was doing home sleep recordings back in 1987.

What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?

"I never sleep on my back."

Your trick to sleeping healthy?

I listen to 15 min of meditation music.

Rita Brooks, MEd, RST, RPSGT, REEG/EPT, Immediate Past President

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?
My first job was in a Hardees (hamburger joint) as a counter worker.  I worked as a laborer in tobacco fields, drove a school bus, drove a log truck, obtained training as a lab technician and worked in a physician office doing lab work, then was trained on the job to perform EEG studies.  Learned sleep technology from books and practice and attending AAST (APT at the time) courses.  Went back to school over a period of 20 years while working in the hospital to get an Associates in EEG, a Bachelors in Management, and a Masters in Education.  
What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?
"Snoring is normal."
Your trick to sleeping healthy?
Doing my best to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night and keeping a regular bedtime schedule.

David Gregory, RST, RPSGT, Secretary

AAST Board of Directors

Why did you join the AAST board of directors?

Five years ago when I was elected to the Board of Directors I was prepared to represent the entire membership of the AAST. I wanted to be the voice for all of you and to see changes to better the organization. With every board meeting I attend I look forward to keeping an open mind and to hear what other board members have to say before “giving my two-cents.” I am an individual who has no hidden agendas and who wants to express what I am feeling in my heart for the best interest of everyone.

Cynthia Mattice, MS, RST, RPSGT, Treasurer

AAST Board of Directors

 Job before entering sleep tech world?
 
Graduate school.
 
What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?
 
"I never dream." 
 
Your trick to sleeping healthy?
 
Don't  watch scary movies before I go to bed. 

Kevin Asp, RPSGT, CRT, Director

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?

Respiratory Therapist.
What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?
"I don't have a problem sleeping...as soon as my head hits the pillow, I'm out!"
Your trick to sleeping healthy?
Sticking to the same routine... Including travel.

Marietta Bibbs, BA, RPSGT, CCSH

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?
Worked in oil industry in geophysics processing oil lined. Was in the Air Force and helped with autopsies. Was a fotomate at fotomate and a top seller for the company.
What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?
"Lack of sleep won't kill you."
Your trick to sleeping healthy?
Go to bed when I am really sleepy.

Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRC

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?
I worked in the DME world installing sleep systems, and then later working with CPAPs.
What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?
Sleep is not a simple state of being, rather it is far more complex than we (the general public) generally give it credit.
Your trick to sleeping healthy? 
Trying to keep consistent sleep times.

Joanne Hebding, RPSGT, RST

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?

I was a research study coordinator for the Ticlopidine hydrochloride (Ticlid) vs placebo study done by Syntex in a large neurology group in Chicago.  I wanted more to do, so  the neurologists cross-trained me in EEGs (Loyola University under Don Stewart), EVPs, EMG and NCVs.  After my children were born, I was asked  by a local Chicago hospital (where I had worked in EEG)  to start their sleep center. I was taught sleep by the Univ of Chicago’s chief tech, Diane Nummy, where I met Allan Rechtshaffen.  Training was two weeks on the job!  I studied for my boards with the pulmonologists who were studying for the Diplomate boards.  I still have the study binders!

What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?

"You can get away with cutting your hours of sleep down to accommodate other work, home or social events, and function normally the next day."

Your trick to sleeping healthy?

To make sure you know your individual sleep need (in hours); and strategize how to get them.  Maintain a regular bedtime and rise time and be aware of any changes to regular sleep, like heartburn or going to the bathroom too much, that may suggest a medical change you should  discuss with your physician.

Elise Maher, RPSGT

AAST Board of Directors

Why did you join the AAST board of directors?

I first joined the APT (the previous incarnation of the AAST) in the late 1990's. I was working as a research assistant-slash-sleep tech at a Harvard research lab investigating the relationship between sleep, dreaming, and cognition. To be honest, I wanted a professional membership that would look good on my resume and a discount on fees for the APSS convention being held in New Orleans (hottest conference ever!). I soon moved on to a clinical lab, and then into sleep center management. At the encouragement of Dr. Larry Epstein, I volunteered to be on a committee, and joined Standards and Guidelines. It was at this point in my career that I really needed the association, both for resources to use as a manager, and for the support that I needed to develop professionally. I later ran for a board seat to help to make a difference and to help forge direction for our ever-evolving field. I think it was fortuitous that my board participation coincided with the spearheading of the Home Sleep Testing movement in Massachusetts, where I reside. Again, as I volunteered my time, I got so much back from the association in support and resources. I have so enjoyed my participation in the AAST organization. It truly has been exciting, rewarding, and a highlight of my career. 

Joel Porquez, RST, RPSGT 

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?

I was a certified indoor cycling instructor.

What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?

Someone is snoring... "Don't bother them they are sleeping good."

Your trick to sleeping healthy?

If one has a variable sleep schedule, it helps to have cooperation from family, friends, neighbors, and pets.

David Wolfe, MSEd, RRT-SDS, RST, RPSGT 

AAST Board of Directors

Job before entering sleep tech world?

Respiratory Therapist/Educator.

What's the most common misconception you've heard about sleep?

“Alcohol makes me sleep better.”

Your trick to sleeping healthy?

Make sleep a PRIORITY!

Meet the board of directors in Branson! We hope to see you there, so make sure you take advantage of our early bird pricing!

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