Bonner Smith Outstanding Service Award


In 2011, the profession and CoARC lost a true friend. Bonner Smith, JD, was a public member of the CoARC for over 13 years and served on almost every committee during his tenure.  In 2013, the CoARC established a new award named after Mr. Smith. The award recognizes one individual annually for demonstrating outstanding and enduring service to the profession of respiratory care through its educational accreditation system. The award is intended to honor individuals for exemplary contributions as members of the Commission or its predecessor Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education.(JRCRTE).


The award was presented posthumously to Mr. Smith in 2013 at the CoARC Awards Ceremony during the AARC Summer Forum in Orlando, FL. Accepting the award, on behalf of Mr. Smith, was his wife, Shelly, and his daughter, Bonny.


Shelley Mishoe, PhD, RRT, FASAHP was awarded the 2016 Bonner Smith Outstanding Service Award.  Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the 2016 Awards Reception, but did attend the 2017 CoARC Awards Ceremony during the AARC Summer Forum in Tucson, AZ and was presented with her award at that time.  Dr. Mishoe is Dean and Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Dr. Mishoe began her service to CoARC in 2003 as our ASAHP representative.


She served as Chair of the CoARC from 2008 to 2010.  Dr. Mishoe served on many committees, held several offices, and participated in a number of site visits.  In 2016, Dr. Mishoe was again elected as the ASAHP representative to CoARC and is warmly welcomed as a returning Commissioner.  We look forward to the continued support of CoARC and the profession by Dr. Mishoe through her extensive knowledge and experience.









Rye 2014





Kathy Rye, EdD, RRT-ACCS, FAARC was awarded the 2017 Bonner Smith Outstanding Service Award.  The presentation was made at the CoARC Awards Reception in Tucson, AZ in June.  Dr. Rye is a Professor Emeritus at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Rye began serving on CoARC in 2008 as an American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) representative.  Dr. Rye was elected to the President-Elect position beginning in 2013. Due to the sudden passing of the sitting President, Stephen P. Mikles, in July, 2013, Dr. Rye assumed the President's responsibilities during a very difficult time.


Dr. Rye served as President of CoARC for 2014 and 2015, is the currently serving as Immediate Past-President, and will complete her second term as AARC representative in 2019.  Dr. Rye has been a long time site visitor for CoARC and has participated in numerous committees as a member and Chair.  Dr. Rye has been an influential and steadfast member of the Commission and we are grateful for her service, leadership, and dedication to the profession.   


Dr. Ralph Kendall, MD Outstanding Site Visitor Award


At the 2013 AARC Summer Forum, Dr. Ralph Kendall was named CoARC Commissioner Emeritus.  Here is the resolution presented to Dr. Kendall as adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 13, 2013.


 Outstanding Site Visitor Award Presentation at AARC International Congress


The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) recognizes up to two active Site Visitors annually, for dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the CoARC’s mission of ensuring the high quality of respiratory care education.  Nominations are made by the CoARC Commissioners.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for a Site Visitor as described in the CoARC Site Visitor Policies and Procedures Manual, a nominee must have participated in at least three (3) CoARC site visits within the past two (2) years by the nomination deadline. In addition, nominees must not have any negative evaluations within the same two-year period, and have provided a special contribution to the site visit process.


The award was named for Dr. Ralph Kendall, MD as a permanent expression of CoARC’s grateful recognition of his outstanding service as a site visitor and mentor.  Dr. Kendall became a site visitor for CoARC in 1989 and has performed approximately 28 site visits over the past 6 years.  Dr. Kendall also served as Chair of the CoARC Site Visit Subcommittee from 2003 to 2009.  His expertise and assistance to program personnel and in training new site visitors is unparalleled and through the establishment of this award will not be forgotten.




This year the CoARC elected to present the award to two recipients for the Outstanding Site Visitor of the Year:  Ian Gilmour, MD and Kelli Chronister, MS, RRT, CPFT, NPS.


Ian Gilmour became a site visitor for the CoARC in 1988 and has played an indispensable role in his long association with the CoARC.  He participated in 8 on-site reviews in 2015 and 14 total visits over the past 5 years.  His dedication to the accreditation process has been seen in numerous ways by serving as a Commissioner, offering to assist with site visits on a short notice, training new site visitors, and serving as the Team Captain on complex on-site reviews. 

Dr. Gilmour has been described by his peers as an excellent site visitor and team captain with a kind, helpful and professional approach.  He is very organized, knowledgeable and clear about all aspects of the site visit process and the CoARC Standards.  His dedication and long-term service to the CoARC should not go unnoticed.


Kelli Chronister became a site visitor for the CoARC in 2008 and has completed 11 site visits over the past 5 years.  Ms. Chronister has served as a team captain, assisted with training new site visitors, and has offered to help with numerous site visits.  She has been described by her peers as well prepared, professional, helpful, and thorough with a positive outlook that provides constructive feedback that will benefit the programs.  Since Kelli is currently a Director of Clinical Education, her experience has been very helpful in providing valuable feedback on how to manage the clinical portion of a respiratory care program.    The CoARC unquestionably values and appreciates her dedication to the accreditation process.


2010 - Michael W. Prewitt, PhD, RRT

2011 - Leann Papp, EdS, RN, RRT, RCP

2012 - Phyllis W. Brunner, BS, RRT

2013 - Monica Schibig, MA, RRT-NPS, CPFT 

2014 - Diane Flatland, MS-RRT, NPS 

2015 - Kelli Chronister, MS-RRT, CPFT, NPS 

2015 - Ian Gilmour, MD 

2016 CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

In selecting the 2016 Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Awardprograms for this recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2016 Annual Report of Current Status (RCS). These programs were required to: (1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement. Seventy-Eight (88) out of approximately 460 programs in the country met these criteria. The CoARC extends its sincere congratulations to these programs, their faculty, students, and graduates for meeting these rigorous criteria. These recipients received the 2016 CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award certificate during a CoARC reception preceding the 2017 AARC Summer Forum. The video of the slide show of the programs that had representatives at the reception to accept the award is below.  


Keep in mind that the conferral of this achievement award does not imply the CoARC's recommendation, endorsement or ranking of any program in relation to other CoARC-accredited programs.  Publications or announcements of this award shall not imply such recommendation, endorsement, or ranking.  The primary responsibility of CoARC is to accredit programs based on their compliance with established accreditation standards.


CLICK HERE for the slide show presentation of the recipients of the 2016 Distinquished RRT Credentialing Success Award during the AARC Summer Forum in Tucson, AZ. (it is a large file so it takes a few minutes to download)

2016 RRT Credentialing Success Award Recipients

Alvin Community College

American River College

Augusta University

Baker College

Bellarmine University

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Broward College

Casper College

Catawba Valley Community College

Chattanooga State Community College

Chippewa Valley Technical College

College of Southern Nevada

Collin College

Columbia State Community College

Columbus State Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Dalton State College

Dixie State College of Utah

Dona Ana Community College

El Centro College

Florida SouthWestern State College

Foothill College

Georgia State University

Georgia State University

Greenville Technical College

Gulf Coast State College

Gwinnett Technical College

Gwynedd Mercy University

Harrisburg Area Community College

HCCS: Coleman College for Health Sciences

Henry Ford College

Indian River State College

Indiana Respiratory Therapy Ed Consortium

Johnson County Community College

Kapiolani Community College

Kettering College

Long Island University

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport

Macomb Community College/Detroit Macomb

Manchester Community College

Mansfield University

Marshall University/St. Mary's Medical Center

Midwestern State University

Millersville University

Monroe County Community College

Mountain Empire Community College

Mt. San Antonio College

Nassau Community College

Northern Virginia Community College

Oconee Fall Line Technical College

Ohlone College

Oregon Institute of Technology

Ozarks Technical Community College

Pima Medical Institute-Denver

Polk State College

Prince George's Community College

Reading Area Community College

Rush University Medical Center

San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield

San Joaquin Valley College-Rancho Cordova

Santa Fe College

Seattle Central College

Sinclair Community College

Skyline College

South Plains College - Lubbock Campus

Spartanburg Community College

Spokane Community College

St. Alexius Medical Center/University of Mary

St. Johns River State College

St. Petersburg College

Stony Brook University

SUNY Upstate Medical University

The Ohio State University

Tidewater Community College

University of Arkansas for Medical Science

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

University of Toledo

Weatherford College

Weber State University

Weber State University-Davis Campus

Weber State University-Utah Valley

West Chester University/Bryn Mawr Hospital 

Previous RRT Credentialing Success Award Recipients

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