Kelly Szymanski is the Senior Vice President of Programs for the American Lung Association of the Southwest. Kelly provides oversight and support for the programming initiatives in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma. In 2008, she started at the American Lung Association in Arizona as the Director of Lung Health Programs for the Phoenix office. The initiatives she organized through her work at the ALA are: Camp Not-A-Wheeze, Asthma 101, Open Airways for Schools, Asthma Educator Institute Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative, EPA's Tools for Schools, Four Corner's TB/HIV Conference, Tony's House and the Country Club Classic Philanthropic Event.
Previously, Kelly was Director of Operations for the Leebov Golde Group, a consulting firm that partners with hospitals, health systems and medical practices to create cultures of caring by strengthening communication. LGG's web-based Language of Caring for Staff and Language of Caring for Physicians programs are established best practices for improving the patient experience as indicated by breakthroughs in HCAHPS scores. Experienced in training program development, project management, quality improvement, and organizational change. Kelly also has a strong background in college teaching Psychology and Bioethics.
Kelly graduated from Arizona State University in 1995 with a BS in Communication Studies. Following that, she started her career in the legal/financial fields...holding management and training positions. Kelly’s passion for learning about behaviors and creativity lead her to attend two graduate program’s concurrently studying psychology and art therapy. She attained her MA in Psychology in 2004 from the University of Santa Monica.
Kelly has been instrumental in the development of a nonprofit group home for at-risk adolescent girls, participated in art therapy programs for inner-city Arizona Schools, and coached graduate students of spiritual psychology through their projects.