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Children’s Asthma Camp Brings Together Alumni, Students

Camp Huff-n-Puff Staff

From left: Lisa Hershelman, Carla Conrad, Mark Mamros, and Marianne Drevna. (Photos courtesy of Carla Conrad)

For more than 30 years, Camp Huff-n-Puff has led children with asthma in fun activities that help them learn to manage their condition. An unrelated benefit is that the camp also brings together IUP respiratory care alumni and current students who put their skills to use as camp volunteers.

In April, Carla Shaposka Conrad ’08 joined fellow alumna Marianne Drevna ’76 at the camp’s sponsoring organization, Breathe Pennsylvania, based in Cranberry Township. Carla is director of Tobacco and Health Programs, and Marianne is clinical director as well as Camp Huff-n-Puff director.

This past August in Hopwood, they were joined at the camp by volunteers Lisa Hershelman ’93 and Mark Mamros ’82, the only biology graduate of the group. Mark has volunteered as the camp’s staff physician for 27 years. He said, “If I could put aside all of the other special moments in my professional career, Camp Huff-n-Puff will always stand out as one of the best.

Carla, Lisa, and the rest of the clinical staff oversee camp activities and supervise the student volunteers. This year, all six of the camp’s respiratory care students were from IUP, Carla said. See the students below.

Camp Huff-n-Puff Students

IUP student volunteers at Camp Huff-n-Puff, from left: Maria Aquadro, Carolyn Denes, Day Spence, Brianna Henning, Lucy Qian, and Karli Smith