Congratulations to Dr. Margaret "Lou" Guill on receiving the 2018 Dr. Robert B. Kerr Award. The Kerr award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering lung health. Dr. Guill is a pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth in Lebanon, director of the New Hampshire Cystic Fibrosis Center, and division chief of Allergy and Pediatric Pulmonary Division at CHaD and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She teaches at Geisel Medical Center. At the national level Dr. Guill is well known and respected for her expertise in caring for children with pulmonary disease.
Congratulations to Krystal Kebler, health teacher at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School in Raymond, NH for being named Breathe NH's 2018 Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Krystal has been an integral part of getting CATCH My Breath® Youth E-Cigarette & JUUL Prevention Program off the ground by incorporating the program into the existing seventh grade curriculum. Krystal is passionate about preventing youth nicotine addiction and says, “If I can share knowledge and experiences with my students to help them live a healthier life and be free of lung diseases, I’m happy.”
Pictured left to right: Dr. Albee Budnitz, Board Member, Dr. Margaret Guill, Robert B. Kerr Award Recipient, Daniel Fortin, President & CEO,, & Lynn Friedel, Board Chair
Pictured left to right: Shirley Frost, Award Presenter, Krystal Kebler, Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient,, Daniel Fortin, President & CEO, & Lynn Friedel, Board Chair
Established in 1966, the Robert B. Kerr Award is Breathe New Hampshire's highest honor, named in recognition of our founder, Dr. Robert Brown Kerr. Dr. Kerr was a dedicated physician who led our organization as its Executive Director from 1916 to 1966.
The Kerr Award is awarded annually to a person who has consistently demonstrated a selfless professional or personal commitment to furthering lung health in the region for five or more years. Courage of conviction is one important consideration. Other considerations include creativity, innovation, and pioneering approaches to improving respiratory health. Previous winners have been selected from the inter-related disciplines of medicine, education, the arts, public service, and religion.
Each fall the Kerr Award Selection Committee welcomes nominations of individuals who meet the award criteria. The committee carefully considers all letters of nomination. The selected individual is announced at Breathe New Hampshire's Night of Thanks.
The late Donald Frost served as a board member and a longtime volunteer of Breathe New Hampshire. As someone living with COPD, he consistently strove to help fulfill the Breathe New Hampshire mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.
This prestigious award is presented by Shirley Frost at our Night of Thanks celebration and is given to Breathe New Hampshire volunteers who possess the strength of character and dedication to Breathe NH and the Granite State exemplified by Don.