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July 2, 2019

Executive Compensation at the American Lung Association

by Anne Paddock

In 2017, the American Lung Association (ALA) underwent big changes when the eight charter and national boards voted to unite the organization into a single nationwide organization. A 501 (c) (3) based in Chicago, Illinois, the ALA raised about $108 million in 2018, spent $104 million (primarily on compensation, fees for services, direct mail, and office-related expenses), and had about $148 million in net fund assets (think savings account) at year-end.

The ALA reported having 626 employees in 2018 who were compensated nearly $46 million, which equates to an average compensation of $74,500.  30 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $529,212:  Harold Wimmer, President and CEO
  • $267,340:  Laura Scott, CFO
  • $238,842:  Susan Swan, Chief Development Officer
  • $228,771:  Paul Billings, VP National Policy and Advocacy
  • $220,758:  Susan Rappaport, VP Research & Program
  • $204,744:  Sally Draper, VP Development
  • $195,750: Russell Burwell, VP Governance
  • $168,292:  Stephen Peregoy, VP Missions Service and Impact
  • $159,737:  Craig Finstad,AVP Direct Response Operations
  • $155,731:  Neil Ballentine, VP Digital Strategy/ IT
  • $159,859:  Kim Lacina, National VP Communications and Marketing
  • $147,657:  Lewis Barthfield, Chief Division Officer, West (begin 7/1)
  • $146,934:  Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer East (begin 7/1)
  • $141,397:  William Pfeifer, EVP, Southwest Region (begin 7/1)
  • $135,2101:  Martha Bogdan, EVP, Southeast Region (begin 7/1)
  • $117,739: Barry Gottschalk, EVP, Midlands States Region
  • $107,943:  Deborah Brown, Chief Mission Officer (begin 7/1)
  • $100,881:  Allison Rickey, EVP, Mountain Pacific (begin 7/1)

Note:  The year-end is June 30. With the consolidation of the chartered offices into one unified nationwide organization, the 990 indicates  that several employees were given compensation from ALA and noted as “begin 7/1.”

As illustrated above, 10 of the 18 (56%) most highly compensated individuals are male, while 8 of the 18 (44%) are female.  Of the 10 most highly compensated individuals, 6 are male while 4 are female.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017) for the year ending June 30, 2018, click here.

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