California Society for Respiratory Care Board of Directors
Entered the Respiratory Care Profession in 1982 and joined the AARC (#406554) shortly thereafter;
Licensed RCP in both Virginia (#14) and California (#23079)
Received a BA from North Carolina Wesleyan College (Rocky Mount, NC)
Certificate in Respiratory Therapy Technologies from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond, VA)
MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Worked in clinical practice from 1982 – 1995 and has resided and worked in California in Respiratory Care related industry since 1995. Currently employed by ResMed Corporation (San Diego, CA) in the Respiratory Care business unit as Senior Portfolio Manager for Life Support Ventilation in the Americas.
Credentials: B.A., B.S.E., RRT-NPS, RPFT
Employment History: INOVA Healthcare Systems; Fairfax, Virginia (1984 - 1986)
National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland (1986 - 1988)
Georgetown University Medical Center; Georgetown, Washington D.C. (1988 - 1991)
Roberts Home Medical; Rockville, Maryland (1991 - 1997)
Woodbine Rehabilitation Center; Alexandria, Virginia (1997 - 2000)
Pulmonary Associates; Arlington, Virginia (2000 - 2002)
Sibley Memorial Hospital; Georgetown, Washington DC (2002 - 2005)
Redlands Community Hospital; Redlands, California (2005 - 2007)
Victor Valley College; Victorville, California (2006 - 2009)
Concorde Career Colleges, Inc.; San Bernardino, California (2009 - 2010)
San Joaquin Valley College; Rancho Cucamonga, California (2010 - Present)
Education: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Whitewater, Wisconsin (1972-1977)
Northern Virginia Community College-Alexandria; Alexandria, Virginia (1983-1985)
RCP for over 30 years, Member of AARC and CSRC since 1983.
Currently Clinical Specialist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital Respiratory Department. Clinical Instructor for Grossmont Community College. Past CSRC San Diego Chapter President, Secretary, Treasurer, membership officer.
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In 2012, Barry will celebrate his 42th year in Respiratory Care. Beginning in 1970, he earned an A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy, later earning an A.A degree in Business Administration, B.S. in Vocational Education, and M.Sc. in Educational Administration and Leadership. He has worked and managed RT departments in the SF/Bay Area, Central California, and Southern California Regions. 2012 will also mark his 29th year working at San Joaquin Valley College in the capacity of Program Director, Chair of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, and Administrative Director overseeing four on ground RT programs and an Online RT Upgrade program. In 2003 he was honored as Teacher of the Year, by the National Career College Association (CCA). He is an adjunct online instructor for MaxKnowledge® and The Center for Excellence in Education in Irvine, CA. He is also a graduate of the Sequoia Regional Leadership program, a 1-year training program sponsored by the California State Office for Counties and Chamber of Commerce.
2012 will mark 29 years in elected or appointed offices serving a variety of roles with the CSRC. He has maintained continuous membership with the CSRC since 1975 and the AARC since 1973. Currently, Barry is serving his third term as Delegate to the AARC. Among other offices in the CSRC, Barry was President of the Chapter-6 and Central California region for 10 years; appointed Education Co-Chair (2008); appointed Scholarship Coordinator, Education Committee; (2001-04); appointed editor of The Pneumogram, newsletter for CRSC (1996); Chair, Publications Committee (1996); Co-Chairman: Public Relations Committee (1991-92); and member of the CSRC Conference Planning Committee (1983, 1987-91, 1994-96). Barry also is an instructor for the CSRC’s Legal Obligations and Ethical Responsibilities Ethics Course since 2009.
Since 1995 he has served the NBRC as an Item Writer for the CRT, WRRT, Clinical Simulation, Neonatal-Pediatric Specialist, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, credentials he also possesses. He has served as an expert witness in two cases of malpractice and negligence, and has been a Site Review Team member for the California State BPP&VE – Degree Program Accreditation. He was contracted as a New Terms consultant for Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing - 6th Edition (2007), and Stedman’s Pocket Dictionary -1st Edition (2008).
Related organizational offices and appointments include:
• American Lung Association (member since 1975). Offices with the ALA include: Board Member, American Lung Association of Central California (2002-07); Asthma Symposium Planning Committee (1996); Program Planning Committee Member (1986); Symposium Planning Committee (1985-86); Respiratory Therapy Committee (1979-81); and Education Committee Member 1975-81.
• Chairperson, Tulare County Asthma Coalition (2003-05)
• Co-Chair, Tulare County Asthma Coalition (2002-03)
H. Robert (Bob) Bence has been a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) for over twenty five years. He earned his under graduate degree (BS) in Health Science, from California State University at Chico. He practiced clinical care at Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose California, where he was the Assistant Director for Respiratory Care, Cardiac Cath Lab, Cardiology and Neurodiagnostics. Mr. Bence was instrumental in initiating protocol based care, utilizing RCP’s in the Cardiac Cath Lab, and establishing via quality initiatives, point of care laboratory services. Pioneering other programs based upon a consummate understanding of both clinical practice and educational methodology, many privy to his insightful and compelling work, have themselves become leaders. Robert simultaneously ascended the leadership path of the California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) and from 2002 to 2004 served as its President and Executive Officer. A member of numerous professional organizations, directly and indirectly related to Respiratory Care, Mr. Bence has lectured, consulted and educated healthcare professionals in fifteen different states and in at least two foreign countries. He has testified on behalf of the Respiratory Care profession several times in Sacramento. He has both initiated and authored position papers for the state professional society. Robert was primarily responsible for establishing a collaborative relationship between the CSRC and the California Respiratory Care Board. Under his leadership the CSRC initiated a number of strategic initiatives, most of which carry forth today. One initiative, the mandatory Professional Ethics course (PEc) for all California RCPs, was taken on despite skeptical antagonism from a larger national RC organization. The California PEc is today the national standard for Professional RC ethics. Another project, the formation of a charitable public organization, with a basis in Respiratory Care, is “Seventy Square Meters”. Mr. Bence has dedicated a lifetime toward the betterment of the Respiratory Care profession and believes Seventy Square Meters to be the culmination of that passion.
SAN DIEGO/INLAND EMPIRE REGION PRESIDENT
Entered the respiratory care profession in 1996. Working in New Mexico, Tennessee, and New Jersey before returning to California in 2001. Once back in California, Mike worked for Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women until he began teaching in 2003. Mike has been teaching ever since and is currently the Director of Clinical Education for Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management, a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration, and is currently completing his Educational Doctorate Degree.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION PRESIDENT
Respiratory Therapy Clinical Educator - Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance CA
Faculty – El Camino College, Torrance CA
President - CSRC-South Coast Region
Member – Los Angeles County SURG unit
Chair – California Drive for COPD 2013
Chair – Interdisciplinary Patient Care Council - Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance CA
Member – Simulation Task Force - Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance CA
Member – Management Committee - Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Associates Degree - Respiratory Therapy
Baccalaureate - Health Care Administration
Life Member - Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society
Married, 3 Children,1 Awesome dog
GREATER BAY ARE REGION PRESIDENT
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION PRESIDENT
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CENTRAL CALIFORNIA REGION PRESIDENT
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EDUCATION CHAIR COMMITTEE CHAIR
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Has lived in California since 1978. RCP since 1983. Program Director for San Joaquin Valley College – Ontario since 2004. Completed BA in History from CSUSB in 2000 and MA in Management from the University of Redlands in 2008. Married to Tisha Guzman, RCP, has 3 children and one granddaughter. Has served as the CSRC Education Chair since 2008 and CSRC/AARC PACT Member since 2012.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
RUSSELL MCCORD - NATIONAL
ROBBY NIJJAR - STATE
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE CHAIR
MSHS – Emergency & Disaster Management. Member of DMAT CA-11, CalMAT, ModestoCERT, Modesto Medical Reserve Corps. Goal: for all RCP’s to understand their role in Emergency Management and be prepared for any event; small or large, local or national.
ETHICS PROGRAM ADVISOR
SAM LOUIE, MD.