Meet the 2019-2021 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.
2019-2021 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 becoming a board member of the ASCVPR and is dedicated to helping patients build a healthy lifestyle.
Lauren Egercic, EP, ACSM, CCRP
Lauren graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and fell in love with cardiac rehab. She is originally from Ohio and has lived in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Since graduating she has worked in cardiac rehab and has gained her ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist certification and her CCRP. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time and loves living a healthy and active lifestyle.
2019 Past-President of the ASCVPR
Stephanie Barton, ACSM, CCEP, CCRP
Stephanie is an Exercise Physiologist. She was born in Montana but primarily grew up in New Jersey. She has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She has been in cardiac and pulmonary rehab for 19 years and has loved every minute of it. She has been active on the board most her of time while she lived in Arizona. She served as the ASCVPR President from 2018-2019. 8 years of her career she lived in Dallas, TX and worked at 2 hospitals there. Her hobbies include kickboxing, scrapbooking, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.
2019-2021 ASCVPR Secretary
Jake Young, MS, EP
Jake is a recent graduate of ASU with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. He is a new resident of Arizona originally from Southern California where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and visiting Southern California to spend time with his family and surf. Jake has spent years helping individuals develop healthy lifestyles and has a passion for translating health science into action.
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.
2019-2021 ASCVPR Treasurer
Mindy Teeter, EP
Mindy Teeter is an Arizona Native who has 15 years experience as an Exercise Physiologist at Banner Heart Hospital. She is an ASU graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness. She is serving her first term as an ASCVPR treasurer and has been involved with ASCVPR for many years. Mindy enjoys traveling, sports, music and shopping. She is lighthearted and try's to bring joy into people's lives. Family is her priority and has a son, Connor, who is 13 going on 20.
Lisa Strongoli, 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 12 years, the last 6 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.
2019-2020 Membership/Program Contact
Jennifer Smith, BS, RRT
Jennifer is a Registered Respiratory Therapist/Pulmonary Function Technician at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. She has been in Prescott since 2005 and was raised in Burbank, CA. She has a Bachelor of Science from California State University of Los Angeles and has been in different aspects of Respiratory Care for 25 years. She has been active in Pulmonary Rehab for 8 years. In her free time, she enjoys doing most anything in nature. Whether it is mountain biking, hiking or kayaking and travelling to new and adventurous places. She also loves playing cards and games and being with her 2 lovely daughters, Jessica 18 and Allison 16.
2019-2021 ASCVPR Website/Social Media
Jane Langley, MSN, RN
Jane is a Minnesota native, who landed in Arizona for a 3-month assignment as a traveling nursing in 1996, and never left. She has worked in Cardiovascular ICU's for about 34 years, and transitioned to outpatient cardiac rehab in 2017. She earned her Master's degree in Nursing in 2005, and a degree in Graphic Design/Visual Communication in 1999. 'The Art of Nursing' is evident in my life as I am able to combine my love of nursing and my passion for design and creativity in a variety of ways. Hobbies include hiking, traveling, designing/creating 'things'. She resides in Phoenix with her longtime partner, Bob, and loves spending time with family in Minnesota, Chicago, and Texas.
Member at Large
Maria Chokey, BSN, RN
Maria earned her BSN from ASU and has always worked as a Cardiac Nurse. She has worked in Cardiac Rehab for over 20 years. She and her husband have 2 adult children and a rescue dog.
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 five 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 travelling, the company of good friends and cheering on her favorite football teams—the Washington Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks.
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* CEP & RCEP
Janelle grew up in Iowa and relocated to Arizona after graduating from Creighton University and attended the University of Arizona for her master’s degree. She has over 25 years’ experience in Cardiac Rehabilitation, and has served on the ASCVPR board in all capacities, with her current role as AACVPR committee member representative. She is a volunteer on the AACVPR affiliate membership committee, and likes to spend her free time doing anything active. She resides in Chandler with her husband and twins (when they are not at college).
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!