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Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Board of Respiratory Care

Thursday, February 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Veena Erinjeri, of Flint, Shari Heydenburg, of Jackson, and the reappointment of Beverly Cherwinski, of Vanderbilt, 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.

"This is an experienced group of appointees," said Snyder. "I thank them for their willingness to serve in these roles.”

Erinjeri is the director of respiratory and neurology services at Hurley Medical Center, She is a member of the respiratory therapy advisory boards at Mott Community College and Baker Community College. Erinjeri earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Karnatak University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She represents respiratory therapists and replaces John Darin. 

Heydenburg is director of pulmonary services at Sparrow Hospital where she previously served as manager of in-patient respiratory therapy. Heydenburg earned an associate degree in respiratory care from Lansing Community College and a bachelor’s degree in management and project management from Baker College. She represents respiratory therapists and replaces Julia Ann Prins.

Cherwinski is founder of the Organ Transplant Support Group of Northern Michigan and is a single lung recipient.  Cherwinski was a badminton silver medalist in the 2010 Transplant Games. She continues to represent the general public. 

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.