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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Board of Respiratory Care

Friday, November 30, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Jeremy Bainbridge, of Grand Rapids, and Helene Wiltse, of Freeland, to the Michigan Board of Respiratory Care.

The 11-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in overseeing the licensure requirements and standards for Michigan's respiratory therapists.


"Jeremy and Helene bring diverse experiences to this board and I am thankful for their willingness to serve the Great Lakes State in these roles," said Snyder.


Bainbridge is manager of cardiopulmonary services at Spectrum Health, where he has worked since 2004. Previously, he held the positions of clinical specialist, adult lead therapist, comprehensive respiratory therapist and respiratory care assistant. Bainbridge holds associate degrees in liberal arts and respiratory care from Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College, respectively, and a bachelor's degree in general studies from Western Michigan University. He will represent respiratory therapists and replaces Randall Kehr.


Wiltse is vice president of Wiltse Products Inc., where she oversees the company's marketing and sales activities. She is also election officer for Thomas Township, a position she has held since 1994. Wiltse attended Northern Michigan University and Oakland University. She will represent the general public and replaces Ilene Hartman-Abramson.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that commence Jan. 1, 2013 and expire Dec. 31, 2016. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.