Organization & Governance

Board of Trustees

Formally established on September 21, 2000 under the laws of the State of Florida and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, FAMRI has no connection with any tobacco company and is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of a majority of flight attendants. The Trustees are Class Counsel Stanley M. Rosenblatt, Chairman and CEO, Class Counsel Susan Rosenblatt, Flight Attendant Trustees Patricia Young, Lani Blissard, Leisa Richardson and Kate Jewell, ND* as well as Florida attorney, John B. Ostrow.

*Dr. Jewell replaces Kathleen S. Cheney who served as Trustee from 2012 until her death in August 2014. Ms. Cheney replaced Bland Lane who served as Trustee from 2000 until her death in 2007.

Medical Advisory Board

David Sidransky, M.D., is Director Head and Neck Cancer Research, Professor of Otolaryngology, Oncology, Pathology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland and is Senior Scientific Editor of the 2010 Surgeon General’s Report.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami.

David W. Kennedy, M.D., is Professor of Rhinology and Vice Dean for Professional Services, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Mark W. Geraci, M.D., is Chair of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University.

*Julius B. Richmond, M.D., (1916-2008) served as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board from the inception of FAMRI until his death. Dr. Richmond was former U.S. Surgeon General under President Jimmy Carter, founding director of the Head Start Program and was a John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School.

FAMRI’s Medical Advisors make recommendations for final grant decisions by the Trustees following a stringent peer-review process conducted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) in Reston, Virginia.

Lay Advisory Board

Rev. Michael H. Crosby, OFMCap., Chair, is Coordinator of the Tobacco Program at Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jack Cannon was Treasurer and Chairman of the Smoking and Health Committee of the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida and former Vice President of GASP of Miami.

Billy Williams is a retired Pan American Airlines’ avionics mechanic and union shop steward.

Amos Hausner, Esq., an Israeli attorney, helped eliminate smoking from El Al Airlines and has been active in controlling second hand tobacco smoke throughout the world.

*Joseph W. Cherner, Smoke Free Educational Services, Inc., served from 2000 until 2008.

*Rita H. Zemlock, President of GASP of Florida, served from 2000 until 2014.

The rich history of FAMRI has been influenced by a large number of remarkable individuals over the years. Please click here to read about those who are no longer with us, but whose contributions will always remain.

Learn more about second hand tobacco smoke exposure and the Flight Attendant Trustees.

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