AUGUSTA — The American Lung Association recognized Brunswick resident Lee Gilman as a recipient of its 2012 Staff Excellence Award on June 22 at an awards ceremony in Wilmington, Del. The national award celebrates Lung Association staff members who exemplify the nationwide commitment to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

“Lee is a true leader and has proven time and time again what an asset she is to the American Lung Association,” said Jeffrey Seyler, president and CEO of ALA Northeast. “Her passion for the organization’s mission is evident, and that passion comes through in all that she does. The success of our Asthma Educator Institutes are due largely to Lee and her hard work.”

Gilman is the senior director of Health Promotion and Public Policy for the Lung Association of the Northeast. She chairs the Maine Public Health Association’s Tobacco Public Policy Committee and is responsible for the COPD Educators Institutes and staffs the Maine Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Board. She also serves on the Maine Asthma Coalition and manages the Education Committee of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.

A news release notes Gilman has been critical to the success of the Lung Association’s Asthma Educator Institute in New England and nationwide. … Over the years, she has assembled a qualified and diverse group of volunteers to be a part of the AEI Planning Committee faculty. Many of these individuals continue to be longstanding Lung Association volunteers.

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