Meet the 2021-2022 ASCVPR Board Members
Each of the board members of ASCVPR are dedicated to their elected positions
and play an important role in supporting the members of this Joint affiliate organization.
John Tosel, Manager Banner Thunderbird Cardiac Rehab
John was born in Bogotá, Colombia. As a child, he was adopted and raised in a small town in Minnesota. He graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, double majoring in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Worksite Health Promotion. After completing his internship at Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute, he worked at Tucson Medical Center where his passion for helping others blossomed. John has been helping cardiovascular patients for over 17 years, with the last 15 years being with Banner Health (Del Webb & Thunderbird Medical Centers). Since John was given a second chance at life, he has committed himself to make sure others are offered the same opportunity. He helps people regain the life they once had through education, exercise, and healthy lifestyle modifications. As a Cardiac Service Manager, John continues to develop and support not only the Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab department but also other healthcare professionals. In his free time, John enjoys running, camping, woodworking, and spending time with his with wife and three kids.
2021 Immediate Past-President of the ASCVPR
Ruben Garcia, MS, EP
Ruben graduated from ASU Master's of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2018, and previously a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and went on to pursue a career in cardiac rehab. In addition to pursuing his passion for health sciences, Ruben has passed on his active lifestyle to his two sons and wife. In 2016 he decided to pursue his Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He is now focusing on combining his knowledge in human kinetics with his expertise in personal training to enhance the lives of cardiac and pulmonary patients. He is very enthusiastic about being the immediate past-president of the ASCVPR and is dedicated to helping patients build a healthy lifestyle.
2021-2022 ASCVPR Secretary
Andrea Klein, BSN, RN, CCRP, CDCES
Andrea is from originally from Long Island, New York and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York in Binghamton. Andrea moved to Prescott a long time ago (1983) and has only ever worked as a RN at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, now Dignity Health-YRMC. She is the Director of Preventive Medicine and Wellness at YRMC. She oversees Phase 1 and Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation, Adult Fitness and the Diabetes Outpatient Education Program. She is a Certified Cardiac Rehab Professional (CCRP) and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). Outside of work she enjoys camping, hiking, sewing and quilting.
2021-2022 ASCVPR Secretary-elect
If you are interested in becoming involved on the ASCVPR Board in the Secretary elect position, contact Ruben Garcia.
2021-2022 ASCVPR Treasurer
Lisa Stongoli, MS, EP
Born and raised in beautiful Arizona. Went to NAU for my undergrad in Exercise Science and Masters of Exercise Physiology. I have been working in Cardiac Rehab for 14 years, the last 8 years at HonorHealth in Scottsdale. I'm addicted to exercise 😉 and found a way to enjoy it all day by working in Cardiac Rehab! I love running, trail running, hiking and hitting the gym too! I hope my joy of exercise inspires others.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this board position, please contact Ruben Garcia.
2020-2022 Membership/Program Contact
Whitney Gil, BS, EP, ACSM
Whitney is from California and graduated from ASU with a BS in Exercise and Wellness. She is currently an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist at HonorHealth Cardiac Rehab in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is passionate about helping patients improve their overall health and quality of life! Outside of work she enjoys hiking, planting and spending time with her family and dog.
2021-2022-Member at Large
Terry Lahey, RN
Terry spent her previous working years first as a microbiologist, moving on to do personal training and then earning a nursing degree and worked as an ER nurse. She has been a cardiac rehab nurse at Havasu Regional Medical Center for the past six years. She feels that she has finally found her niche and loves the ability to make a positive impact on her patients’ daily lives. Terry moved to Lake Havasu City from the Pacific Northwest in 1991. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, the company of good friends, and cheering on her favorite football teams—the Washington Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks.
2021-2023 Social Media Webmaster and Member at Large
Deanna DeChon, BS, CEP
Deanna has lived in Phoenix nearly her entire life, graduating from NAU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2019. Deanna worked at HonorHealth for 2 years prior to joining the Banner Thunderbird family in 2021. Deanna also coaches Middle School Cross Country in the summer and fall. Hobbies include anything outdoors: running, hiking, camping, fishing… you name it!
Reimbursement Committee Chairman
Holly A. Bright, MA, FAACVPR, ACSM, RCEP, CES, and EIM-IIIEP
Holly is a senior Exercise Physiologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona and a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Starting out in teaching after receiving her BS from Oklahoma State University, she then pursued her interest in exercise physiology, and obtained a Masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She has been in Cardiac Rehabilitation in Arizona for over 30 years and been active in our Arizona Society for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, serving on the board as President, Secretary and Member at Large. Holly has also been involved nationally with AACVPR as a Health and Public Policy Committee member, Day on the Hill participant and current Public Policy Task Force member and JF MAC Co-chairman. She has presented on current practice and research in Cardiac Rehabilitation at both the state and national level. She enjoys taking photographs of her hiking, sailing and traveling adventures with her husband Chase and 2 adult children.
Public Policy Task Force
Janelle McCloskey, MS, ACSM, RCEP & CES
Janelle is a senior Exercise Physiologist at HonorHealth Cardiac Rehab - Shea. After growing up in Iowa and obtaining her undergraduate degree from Creighton University, she moved to Arizona to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Arizona. She fell in love with cardiac rehab and has been there ever since. At the state level, Janelle has served on all of the ASCVPR board positions and has presented on current practice and research in Cardiac Rehab. At the national level, Janelle has served on the Affiliate Membership Task Force Committee and is currently on the Public Task Force Committee as an AACVPR-MAC Resource Group Member. She has also been an advocate for our profession at “Day on the Hill” (DOTH) for several years. She enjoys spending her free time doing anything active; hiking, pickle ball, and traveling with her family.
If you are interested in becoming more involved in ASCVPR, please join us at our upcoming meetings, network with other cardiopulmonary and preventive medicine professionals, and volunteer for a committee!