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Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Board of Respiratory Care

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Cheryl Sherburn, of Norton Shores, and the reappointment of Debra Dix, of Ishpeming, to the 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.

“Cheryl and Debra are talented professionals and I am confident they will do a tremendous job on this board,” Snyder said.

Sherburn is a respiratory therapist for Mercy Health Hackley Campus, adjunct instructor for Muskegon Community College, and adjunct instructor for Mercy Health Hackley Campus Nursing Education Department. She has more than 25 years of therapy and education experience. Sherburn holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree of public administration, both from Western Michigan University. She also has an associate degree in respiratory therapy from Muskegon Community College. She will represent respiratory therapists and replaces John Rinck.

Dix is the cardiopulmonary manager of Bell Memorial Hospital, where she manages the respiratory, pulmonary rehab, pulmonary function, EEG, sleep lab and electrodiagnostic facets of the department. She previously served as a staff therapist, pulmonary function technologist and pulmonary rehab program coordinator for Marquette General Health System. Dix holds an associate degree in respiratory therapy from Maricopa Technical Community College, in Phoenix, Ariz., and a bachelor’s degree in health services management from Independence University.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.