Linda Luehrs Wolfe serves as the Dean of Sciences & Health Occupation (SHO) at Lone Star College-Kingwood. For more than 30 years, Luehrs Wolfe has held various teaching and administrative positions in higher education. She participated in the Chair Academy, part of the Maricopa Community College and El Paso Community College. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University, a Master's degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor's degree from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She has a daughter who is currently attending college.
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Kenny McCowen, director/professor of respiratory care, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1989. McCowen earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory therapy from Del Mar College. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. McCowen also earned graduate hours from the University of Houston.
McCowen worked at Respiratory Care Memorial Medical Center Corpus Christi and as an adjunct professor at Del Mar College. He was also a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
McCowen is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
"The best part of my role is impacting a large number of students who move into the workforce as an effective, competent and ethical practitioner," stated McCowen.
"My experience at LSC-Kingwood as a professor and program director of respiratory care for 24 years has been exciting and positive. We are fortunate to have the greatest support from the administration and staff in the Lone Star College System."
Fiona B. Campbell, respiratory care professor and director of clinical education, has worked at Lone Star College-Kingwood for six years. During her career, Campbell earned the 2007 National Respiratory Achievement Award from the Texas Children's Hospital Respiratory Care Department.
"I teach respiratory care because the profession has enabled me to impact patients' health and wellbeing in ways I could not have imagined. To be able to take skills and knowledge learned and see the results of my efforts in the patients I cared for gives me a great sense of accomplishment," she said.
Campbell earned a respiratory care certificate from Houston Community College and an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care from Alvin Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in clinical services management and Master of Science in clinical practice management from Texas Tech University-Health Sciences Center. Credentials earned from the National Board for Respiratory Care include: certified respiratory therapist, registered respiratory therapist and neonatal-pediatric specialist.
Campbell's campus affiliations are with the American Lung Association, American Association for Respiratory Care, Texas Association for Respiratory Care, American Academy of Pediatrics-Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor, and the American Heart Association-instructor for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
"I have come to realize that I not only impact patients with the skills that I use, but through teaching, I touch patients exponentially through my students learning what I have in the profession. LSC-Kingwood has allowed me the privilege of teaching future respiratory therapists in an effective and creative manner," she said.
Michael Harshfield, professor of respiratory care, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1992. Harshfield earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. He also holds a Master of Health Education degree from A. T. Still University. He is also a doctoral candidate at the same institution.
Harshfield has held a number of positions in the healthcare industry. Some of these included: respiratory care therapist at Lakewood General Hospital, Tacoma, Washington; pulmonary function therapist at St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma Washington; respiratory therapist at St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham, Washington; and supervisory roles at Houston Northwest Medical Center and Conroe Regional Medical Center. He also served as clinical director at LSC-Kingwood.
He is a member of the Texas Society of Respiratory Care, American Association for Respiratory Care and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the many roles I have had as educator as well as the director of clinical education for the respiratory care programs at LSC-Kingwood. The administrators, staff and peers, as well as the student body all contribute to a strong learning environment and are mutually supportive," Harshfield said.
Elizabeth Kelley Buzbee, respiratory care instructor, has taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood for 25 years. Throughout her career, she presented a paper on "Critical Illness Myopathy and Polyneuropathy: Review of current literature on a new disease" to the Texas Society for Respiratory Care in 2009.
Buzbee teaches an independent research course at the associate degree level. She alternates between teaching in the clinical setting and the didactic arena. She also acts as editor-in-chief of the undergraduate research journal.
"I have plenty of opportunities for CEU through our college's professional development program. In short, I get a lot of satisfaction- even fun- from my life and I get paid for it," she said. "I love respiratory care and I want East Texas respiratory care therapists to be the best in the state and to be competitive with their peers nationwide."
Buzbee earned the Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Specialist award and the American Heart and American College of Pediatrics: Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification hospital-based instructor. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care from Tarrant County Junior College.
Melissa Dearing is the director of Clinical Education. She has taught Respiratory Care at LSC-Kingwood for six years.
"I teach Respiratory Care because I truly love to care for people. It was difficult for me to leave the hospital setting to teach because I knew that I would really miss my patients," she said. "I have made peace with my decision, because I know I have an impact on many future patients by teaching students how to lovingly and effectively care for them."
Dearing graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University.
"LSC-Kingwood is a wonderful place to work. Although my students come from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds, they have a common interest in learning about the subject matter, forming close bonds with one another, and growing to become true professionals that represent our college in the workforce," Dearing said. "In addition, the administration at LSC-Kingwood are true professionals who stand strong when leading our various programs to success and when lending a shoulder to employees when needed. Our campus is truly a close knit family."
Gary Wynne, respiratory therapy associate professor, has been at Lone Star College-Kingwood for two years. His professional awards include Registered Respiratory Therapy, Neonatal Pediatric Specialist and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist.
"I enjoy sharing my 20 years of experience in critical care with my students as I watch them learn and grow," he said. "Since I began at LSCS-Kingwood I have had support from administration and colleagues alike."
Wynne earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from California College for Health Science, and a Bachelor of Business Management and Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University.
Timothy Dean, respiratory care professor, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2012. Dean earned a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical services management from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Additionally, he holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care from Alvin Community College. Dean also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radio Broadcasting from the same institution.
Dean's previously work assignments included positions as a respiratory care therapist on the Kangaroo Transport Team at Texas Children's Hospital, pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, emergency room and special procedures.
He is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care.
"The best part of my role is to that I get to share my mistakes with the students in order to make them into better professionals," Dean explained. "Working as LSC-Kingwood has been a very rewarding position. I am able to help more people by preparing our students for the real-world work force."
Sarah McInnes, assistant professor of respiratory care, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Houston. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Before joining LSC-Kingwood, McInnes conducted research at Baylor College of Medicine. Additionally, she worked as a registered respiratory therapist in the pediatric intensive care unit and cardiovascular intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital.
She is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care.
"I have been in healthcare for more than 13 years in various capacities and I am excited that I now have the opportunity to share my knowledge with students. Respiratory care has provided me with the means to have a positive impact on the lives of my patients and I truly feel honored to teach respiratory care to our students," McInnes explained.
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