Respiratory Health Association Announces CEO Search

CHICAGO, March 7, 2024 — Respiratory Health Association announced it has retained the executive search firm Growing Your Team® to lead the search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The announcement comes after current President and CEO Joel Africk announced his decision to retire in June 2024 after 34 years of service.

The RHA Board of Directors formed a CEO Search Committee to work with Growing Your Team to conduct a robust search. RHA is seeking a leader with extensive knowledge of nonprofit operations, as well as nonprofit financial, fundraising, and strategic planning skills. The position does not require candidates to be medical professionals. The full job specification can be found online.

“I thank Joel for his long-running commitment to our great organization,” said RHA Board Chair Daniel Lavin. “As we look to the future, we are committed to finding the most qualified candidate to face the ever-evolving lung disease and air quality issues that affect everyone.”

The nonprofit RHA works on a number of fronts to fight lung disease and promote clean air. RHA programs educate students on asthma management, grant funding to lung health researchers, assist patients diagnosed with COPD, and advocate for clean air legislation and policies that curb tobacco use.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Jamie Van Cuyk of Growing Your Team, who is facilitating our search, at or view the job specification.


About Respiratory Health Association

RHA has been a local public health leader in Chicago since 1906. RHA works to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. To learn more, visit