Karen S. Rance, DNP, RN, CPNP, AE-C, is an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialty nurse practitioner who received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Virginia. She is in private practice at Allergy Partners of Central Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Rance is an adjunct online faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University, Graduate School of Nursing.
Dr. Rance is the 2004 and 2011 recipient of the Allied Health Award for outstanding clinical project from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of allergy and asthma, and regularly speaks to a broad spectrum of healthcare provider audiences on the topic of allergies and asthma. She has authored manuscripts for numerous medical journals including the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr. Rance serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Asthma Educators (NAECB) and is on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI)’s National Asthma Education Prevention Program Expert Panel (NAEPP) workgroup. She is the Founding Chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Asthma and Allergy Special Interest Group. She is on NAPNAP’s Clinical Expert Panel for Asthma. She is involved in many community support programs, including the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition where she is directing the implementation of a statewide asthma action plan.
Sindee Karpel, MPA, RRT, AE-C, has been a respiratory therapist since 1981 and is currently Professor of Cardiopulmonary Sciences and Respiratory Care at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, FL. Sindee has a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Queens College of the City University of New York (1974), a two-year certificate in Respiratory Care from New York University Medical Center Bellevue Hospital (1980), and a master of public administration degree in healthcare administration from Long Island University (1986). Previously she was an associate professor of Allied Health Sciences at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York and was assistant director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at Queens Hospital Center in New York City. Sindee was a founding board member of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board and served from 2000 to 2004. She is a Certified Asthma Educator with the NAECB, Certificate #13. Sindee has been a member of the Southwest Florida COPD Community Team since January 2010 and has volunteered with the American Lung Association of Florida and the Asthma and Allergy Network, Mothers of Asthmatics, in various capacities. She has authored workbooks, test banks, and peer-reviewed articles over the course of her 34 years in the profession and has spoken numerous times at conferences in Florida and New York. Sindee also has had asthma since age 7.