US COPD Coalition

USCC Chair Giordano Returns to AARC as Interim Executive Director


Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Chair of the US COPD Coalition’s Board of Directors, has accepted a request from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to serve as its Interim Executive Director. Giordano will oversee all functions of the AARC Executive Office, and will work closely with the AARC President and Board of Directors in the search for a permanent Executive Director.

“We welcome Sam back to the AARC,” said Sheri Tooley, President of the AARC. “We look forward to Sam’s leadership and experience to help guide the AARC during this time.”

According to a press release from the AARC, Giordano brings a wealth of experience and history to his role as interim executive director. A Life Member of the AARC, he served as AARC President in 1980 and then came on board for what would be a 30-year tenure as executive director in 1982. In 1999, Giordano became a Fellow of the AARC. In 2002, he received the Jimmy A. Young Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the AARC. Giordano was inducted into the inaugural class of the AARC’s Hall of Legends in 2014.

Giordano’s interim position at the helm of AARC will not impact his role as Chair of the USCC Board of Directors.