About Us

History

The driving force behind the formation of the Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas was the Bill Brown Memorial Educational Grant Fund. 
Bill was a medical equipment supplier and long-time supporter of the Texas Society for Respiratory Care and educational grants for respiratory care students in Texas. In the late 1970s, Bill, along with business partner, Sam McCleod, sponsored the first of what would become the Annual Park Party held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the TSRC. Through the years, the proceeds from the Park Party have helped to fund the grants awarded to respiratory care students. Following Bill's untimely passing in 1995, his wife, Carol, and Sam pledged to continue this tradition as the Bill Brown Memorial Park Party. Due to logistical and financial constraints the seventh annual Bill Brown Memorial Park Party, held in July 2002, in San Antonio was the final edition of this event.
However, other fundraising events, including the Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas Golf Tournament and the ever popular Armadillo Races, are held each year in conjunction with the TSRC Annual Meeting. These events continue the efforts started by Bill nearly 30 years ago to provide financial assistance to deserving respiratory care students in the state of Texas.

Mission and Purpose

​The Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas was created in April, 1998 as a 501(c)(3) corporation with the following mission:

To promote educational scholarships and a high level of wellness for patients with respiratory disease in the state of Texas.

The purpose of the Foundation is:

To receive and maintain funds and use those funds to promote educational scholarships and the health and well being of patients with respiratory disease in Texas.  To that end, the Foundation will use its funds to finance educational scholarships, purchase medical equipment and supplies needed in a community, establish or maintain charitable, benevolent and medical research activities, agencies and institutions and utilize any other means, persons or agencies which will further the purposes of the Foundation.

Board of Trustees

​The Board of Trustees is a ten member voluntary board and is the governing body of the Foundation.  The Board of Trustees is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan and coordinating all activities of the Foundation.  The initial members of the Board of Trustees were asked to serve based on their interest in forming the Foundation and their involvement with Respiratory Care in Texas.  The current Trustees are:
​Neil Allen, RRT, RCP
McKinney, Texas
President

Joe Horn, BS, RRT, RCP
Crowley, Texas
Secretary/Treasurer

Beth Duke
Amarillo, Texas

Terri Horn, RRT, RCP
Crowley, Texas

Lynn LeBouef, RRT, RCP
Spring, Texas
​William A. Young, RRT, RCP
Amarillo, Texas
Vice President

Tony Baird, RRT, RCP
El Paso, Texas


Donna Gardner, RRT, RCP
San Antonio, Texas

Woody V. Kageler, MD
Ft. Worth, Texas

Joe Lewis, RRT, RCP
​Weatherford, Texas